You go to the number one public university in the world. How can you get the most out of it? Don’t try to do it alone—connecting with others is the key to a truly rewarding undergraduate experience. Get involved in Berkeley Connect, the program that provides you with your own personal graduate student mentor, introduces you to other students who share your academic interests, and helps you build relationships with professors and alums.
Berkeley Connect combines the intellectual strength of UC Berkeley with the supportive community that you might find at a small liberal arts college. We invite you to join—and see for yourself how your experience of Berkeley will change.
“The program was so well structured, the graduate students so obviously invested… and the events so diverse that I would (and do) highly recommend it.”— Berkeley Connect in English student
UC Berkeley is a great, big university. As a student, you may sometimes feel lost in the shuffle; you may long for more personalized conversations about your academic passions and challenges, your plans and goals. Almost every student wants to feel more connected—with their professors and with each other—and Berkeley Connect can help make that happen.
When you enroll in Berkeley Connect, you’ll be matched with an experienced graduate student pursuing a PhD at Berkeley, who will be your personal mentor for the semester. Your mentor will give you the individual attention that can be hard to find at Berkeley, and coach you on how to build productive relationships with your professors. You’ll also join a small group of students who meet regularly for informal, interactive discussions of topics related to your studies. Professors in each department develop the curriculum, designed to help students thrive in the major.
“Berkeley Connect is not just a class, but a community where I can talk about my thoughts, concerns, fears, and more. This is a place where I feel like I don’t have to be silent.”— Berkeley Connect in Sociology student
Each semester of Berkeley Connect includes:
- One-on-one advising sessions and office hours with your mentor;
- Small-group discussions on a variety of ideas and skills related to a specific major;
- Special events where you can meet and mingle with professors and alums;
- Field trips to explore all the campus has to offer you.
Berkeley Connect welcomes all undergraduates, regardless of major or year. The only requirement is an interest in one of these fields of study:
- African American Studies
- Computational Biology
- Environmental Science, Policy, and Management*
- Ethnic Studies
- Social Welfare
*includes Conservation & Resource Studies; Environmental Sciences; Forestry & Natural Resources; Molecular Environmental Biology; and Society & Environment
Students love Berkeley Connect
- 93% would recommend it to a friend
- 84% said it increased their confidence they can succeed at UC Berkeley
- 82% said it increased their sense of belonging at UC Berkeley
(Results from Fall 2015 student exit survey)
You belong here
All students are encouraged to participate in Berkeley Connect; the program can accommodate over 1400 students per semester. There are no prerequisites, no extra fees, and no homework assignments, quizzes, or exams. Lower-division sections (98BC) help first- and second-year students explore and define their interests; upper-division sections (198BC) support juniors and seniors as they approach graduation and plan for the future, with special sections available for new transfer students. You receive 1 unit of credit (Pass/Not Pass) for each semester that you participate.
Taking part in Berkeley Connect will expand your network and enhance your academic experience. You’ll get advice and support that is relevant to who you are and where you want to go. Don’t miss this chance to be part of an intimate and friendly community in which you can gain confidence, make connections, and build a clearer path towards your post-college career.