Starting Point Mentorship Program
This program connects community college students with UC Berkeley transfer student mentors who offer guidance, motivation, and access to campus and community resources. The program is specifically designed to encourage students from backgrounds that are underserved and/or non-traditional in higher education (re-entry students, student parents, veteran students, low income, first generation college students, underrepresented students, disabled students, etc.) and encourages all students to explore their academic potential and prepare for transfer to UC Berkeley. Mentoring is completed by email, phone calls, campus visits, workshops, and the use of online technologies.
Office of Undergraduate Admissions Drop-In Transfer Advising
The Transfer Student Center in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, provides a drop-in advising service for prospective transfer students every Thursday and Friday from 2:00-4:00pm. This service is offered from May through November and is open to all community college students applying to Cal. Admissions advisors provide assistance and address questions regarding the transfer application process, course evaluation and articulation, requirements, selection criteria, and more.
Community College visits
In partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Transfer Student Center sponsors over 20 community college visits per year. The visits include an admissions presentation by OUAR on requirements, a Transfer Student Center presentation on services for transfer students, and a student panel where current Cal transfer students share their experiences about applying and transitioning to Cal. The groups range from 45-60 community college students.
Newly admitted transfer students from underserved backgrounds are invited to a Vice Chancellors reception in order to be congratulated on their admission to Cal and address questions and/or concerns they may have about choosing UC Berkeley. The May 2013 reception last year welcomed 346 new admits. The Transfer Student Center also organizes a large Resource Reception for all newly admitted transfer students. Representatives from key campus resources including; Admissions, Housing, New Student Services, Financial Aid, and others participate in this 2 hours special event.