"New students' initial encounters with the institution
may have profound effects on subsequent levels of involvement, and these
encounters should be carefully designed to socialize students to the institution's
highest educational values and goals." (How College Affects Students,
The New Student Services (NSS) team works year-round creating and implementing
programs and publications to help welcome new undergraduates to Berkeley
and to ease their transition through their first few months. Much of our
success can be attributed to the group of continuing Cal students who
help run our programs and to the collaboration and support of campus academic
and service units.
In addition to offering one and two day summer orientation programs for
entering students and their parents, we collaborate with our Residential
Living colleagues to provide a variety of experiences during Welcome
Week. These experiences address many of the transitional issues in
the personal, social, and academic domains that will affect the quality
of experience for new First Year and transfer students.
New Student Services also works closely with University recruitment activities
and spring outreach programming to admitted students and their parents
at newly admitted student receptions throughout the state. With Residential
Living, we host visitors to our campus.
New Student Services publishes a guide that answers many questions that
new students are likely to have. Resource--everything you need to know
about Berkeley, is given to every new undergraduate and is available through
the NSS website and hard copy versions
are available at Ned's (2480 Bancroft Way) and the Cal Student Store (corner
of Bancroft and Telegraph).