Academic life at UC Berkeley can be difficult, but you are not expected to do this alone. UC Berkeley provides various academic support services and resources to help you thrive.
At UC Berkeley, our goal is to challenge our students academically and to provide the support to help them succeed. Below are a few resources and services available to support students throughout their journey at UC Berkeley.
Please be advised that the list below is not an exhaustive one, if you are unsure where to begin, you can:
Academic Support and Resources
L&S Mentors (Coaching for academics, major selection, and more)
L&S Mentors provide support in a number of areas, from study skill development and identifying a major to figuring out how to adjust to UC Berkeley and considering options for your future. L&S Mentors run interactive workshops on specific topics, but also provide one-on-one support to assess your needs and determine how you can best be supported. Go in once to create a study plan or get the run-down on graduate school, or visit often to build the skills you need to succeed. This resource is highly flexible and adaptable to your needs. This is a great resource if you are entering their first semester at UC Berkeley, if you wish to improve their academic performance at any time, or if you wish to discuss topics about the student experience beyond academics.
Discover more on the L&S Mentors website.
Student Learning Center (SLC)
The SLC is the premier undergraduate academic support unit at UC Berkeley. The SLC has grown to serve more than 10,000 undergraduates annually - with a wide range of classes, programs, and events, the SLC seeks to push the boundaries of traditional learning models, while advancing our mission of undergraduate empowerment. The SLC can help students in Math and Statistics, Economics, Writing, and in many other things.
To learn more, visit the Student Learning Center website.
Residence Hall Academic Centers
The Academic Centers in the Residence Halls provides a one-stop-shop for academic support, services, and resources for students living in the residence halls. One of the benefits of living in-residence is that you don’t have to go outside your home to find technical support, peer advising, tutoring, flexible study spaces, even a computer resource center. Whether you would like extra help with coursework, need to talk to someone about choosing a major, or just want a place to study with your friends, the Academic Centers located in the residence halls are the place to go.
To learn more, visit the Academic Centers website.
Career Counseling Assessment and Library
The Career Counseling Library provides comprehensive counseling services to help you select a major and make career decisions. Many students find the process of selecting a major at UC Berkeley to be challenging. Some students with many interests may feel anxious narrowing their choices for the purpose of declaring a major, while others may feel their family wants them to choose a specific major that is not well-suited to their interests and abilities. The Career Counseling Library offers a variety of services that can be helpful if you are trying to choose a major and/or make decisions about your career.
To learn more, visit the Career Counseling Library website.
Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3)
CE3 ensures non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead. CE3 is comprised of several programs and centers, including the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Transfer Student Center, and the Undocumented Student Program (USP).
To learn more, visit the CE3 website.
Disabled Students’ Program (DSP)
DSP supports students with disabilities in achieving academic success at the world’s top-ranked public higher education institution. Staff includes disability specialists, professional development counselors, and accessibility experts that work with students with disabilities throughout their educational career. DSP Specialists can help you obtain academic accommodations, such as note-taking, proctoring exams via DSP, class accessibility, etc.
To learn more, visit the DSP website.
Some UC Berkeley departments may provide tutoring or have advice on resources to use for their classes. If you are hoping to prepare for a specific course, try contacting the department to ask if they have resources for academic success to suggest or visit the major department website to see if they have a list of resources online.
Other Support Services for Students
Many factors that impact academics have nothing to do with studying. Perhaps you need to work on wellness or get secure with basic needs or sort out an issue on campus. Check out Berkeley Recalibrate to learn about a wide variety of resources on campus to support you in a variety of ways!
The ASUC also has a service called Connect@Cal. This allows you to get connected to any resource, opportunity, or program at UC Berkeley by submitting a request on what you're looking for. Connect@Cal will do the research for you and get back to you. They can also connect you with a buddy at Cal!
General Tips for Academic Success
Here are some useful, general, tips for academic success to consider as you are on your academic journey at UC Berkeley:
- Know the specific deadlines for adjusting and finalizing your schedule. Plan your semester accordingly.
- Prioritize and organize your study and personal time into effective daily and weekly patterns.
- Keep regular study hours and find the right kind of study environment for you.
- Maintain a personal academic calendar to keep track of exam dates and deadlines for assignments. Plan and prepare for exams and papers in advance.
- Engage fully in your courses. Attend all lectures, seek out your instructors, take advantage of office hours, and ask questions.
- Review comments and grades you receive on exams and papers. If you have questions, discuss them with your instructors or GSIs.
- Create your own resource network. Make a list of phone numbers and email addresses of faculty, GSIs, advisers, tutors and at least one other student from each class.
- Find at least one mentor each semester (a faculty member, GSI, staff member, or experienced peer) to help you establish, nurture, and execute your plan for success.