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We are so excited to welcome you to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health!

Please read the information below on how to have a smooth on-boarding process. If you encounter any issues, please email your program manager. Before you can officially start with us, there are a few steps to complete:

Step 1: Create a CalNet ID

To create your CalNet ID, go to calnet.berkeley.edu/activate/student.

You will need to provide your Student Identification (SID) number, which was emailed to you on 4/16. We suggest using your first and last name when creating your ID. If you cannot find your Student Identification number, please contact sphadmit@berkeley.edu.

After you create your CalNet ID and Passphrase, please log in to calcentral.berkeley.edu using your CalNet ID and Passphrase.

Note: Your SID may take up to three days to be recognized in our system. If you are having problems creating a CalNet ID, please wait and try again. Contact us if you are still having problems three days after accepting your offer of admission.

Step 2: Create a Berkeley Email

Beginning on June 1, all future program-related communications will be conducted through your Berkeley email address, which is fire-walled to protect student confidentiality and program-related information, so be sure to establish one as soon as possible.

To create your Berkeley email address, please go to bconnected.berkeley.edu – On the right hand side under “Getting Started”, click on “Create accounts and lists”.

Note: You will need your CalNet ID and Passphrase. The bConnected home-page provides help desk contact information. Should you encounter any technical difficulties, please contact the help desk directly.

You will receive information from your program manager about how to enroll in courses prior to the start of the semester.

Step 3*: Submit Your Official Transcript with Degree Conferral

*This step is only for:

  • students who did not submit a SOPHAS application (all MSW/MPH, Biostatistics MA or PhD, Epidemiology PhD, Infectious Diseases PhD, and Health Policy PhD students)
  • students who submitted a SOPHAS application before their undergraduate degree was conferred
  • all students who obtained their undergraduate degree outside of the US, regardless of when the degree was conferred

Until the Graduate Division receives your official transcript(s), you will not be recognized as an admitted student. If you were still in your undergraduate program at the time you applied, you will need to submit an updated transcript showing your degree conferral and confer date.

E-transcripts from United States Institutions are preferred and can be sent directly to gradadm@berkeley.edu by the issuing school.

You may also mail the official academic record/transcript in a sealed envelope bearing the institution’s stamp or seal to:

The Graduate Admissions Office
318 Sproul Hall #5900
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900

Note: You will not be able to register until we receive the official documents.

Contact the Graduate Admissions office at 510-642-7405 or email gradadm@berkeley.edu if you have questions about submitting official transcripts.

Important Dates/Deadlines & Other Helpful Information

Deferrals: We understand that some of you may be considering a deferral. Please note that deferral policies vary by program and not all programs allow deferrals. If you would like to defer your start date to next year, please let us know as soon as possible by reaching out to your program manager and CC’ing sphadmit@berkeley.edu with a request stating your reason for deferral. If you are a summer admit, the deadline to request a deferral has already passed. If you are a fall admit, the deadline to request a deferral is Monday, May 23.

Course Enrollment: We know many of you are eager to start enrolling in courses. You will receive information from your program manager about how to enroll and which courses to enroll in prior to the start of the semester. As a reminder, you will be able to see registration information in CalCentral once you are matriculated into our student system this summer.

New Student Orientation (NSO): Save the date for Monday, August 22! NSO will be your opportunity to meet (or re-meet) our BPH community members, learn about resources available to you, sign-up for student organizations, and network with your cohort. You will be receiving more communication from us about NSO closer to the event date.

Academic Calendar: The Berkeley academic calendar is viewable here. Summer instruction begins July 5 for 11-month students. Fall instruction begins August 24 for all other students.

Funding, Billing, and Housing

Funding and Billing: Please see the helpful links below to aid you in navigating student funding and billing services.

Note: tuition is due the Friday before the first day of instruction.

Student Health Insurance Plan: All registered students are required to meet the university’s health insurance mandate. Registered UC Berkeley graduate students are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as a way to meet this mandate. You will receive information from University Health Services about SHIP and how to submit a waiver application if you have comparable insurance and do not want to keep SHIP as dual coverage.

California Residency Information: All new students are required to submit a Statement of Legal Residence (SLR) upon submitting your Statement of Intent to Register. The SLR is a form used in determining whether you will be charged resident or nonresident fees. If you do not complete the SLR before the deadline, you will be classified as a nonresident and will be responsible for all nonresident fees. In order to meet the University of California residency requirements, graduate students must be in an eligible immigration status and satisfy the “Physical Presence” and “Intent to Remain in California” requirements by the residence determination date, which is the first day of instruction.

Housing Resources: Information on housing options can be found on the Campus Housing and International House websites. Please note that housing availability is limited, and some campus-run apartment complexes may have additional priority population designations; early application is advised. Additionally, you may use our housing guide and the following forms to get connected with other SPH students seeking housing.

Information for International Students

Berkeley International Office: Questions regarding your I-20 or the visa process should be directed to the Berkeley International Office (BIO). A great place to start is to review their New Student website which includes a checklist of pre and post-arrival requirements, and a series of webinars that you can register for to learn about housing, applying for your visa, and preparing for your first year.

Until the Graduate Division receives your official transcript(s), you will not be recognized as an admitted student. Even if you submitted a WES evaluation, you will still need to submit an official copy of a transcript showing your degree conferral or a transcript and degree certificate.

Please mail the official academic record/transcript in a sealed envelope bearing the institution’s stamp or seal to:

The Graduate Admissions Office
318 Sproul Hall #5900
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-5900

Note: You will not be able to register until we receive the official documents.

Contact the Graduate Admissions office at 510-642-7405 or email gradadm@berkeley.edu if you have questions about submitting official transcripts.

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