The Fall Program for Freshmen 

You take smaller classes.

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Berkeley is ready for you to explore.

Big news: Fall Program for Freshmen relocated to UC Berkeley's Golden Bear Center (GBC) at 1995 University Avenue in February 2020.

FPF classes are mostly held at 1995 University Ave (Golden Bear Center in Berkeley, CA), three blocks west of Berkeley’s main campus. The closest residence halls are Unit 3 and Blackwell.  Berkeley Summer Sessions and Berkeley Summer Abroad are also in our GBC. Berkeley International Office (BIO) is moving nearby. The Psychology Department and School of Public Health are neighbors in the Berkeley Way West building.

Think BIG. Start small.  

Berkeley is big. FPF is small.

Our small size offers a lot of benefits for a new freshmen at Berkeley. For the fall semester only, you take FPF's core classes with the same cohort of students and form a network with advisors, instructors and peers -within all that UC Berkeley has to offer.

皇冠官网体育Your instructors are with you from lecture to discussion section, and more. Our class sizes range from 14 to 96 seats, and 80% of our classes are under 50 seats. These small classes allow for high-impact learning. Many of these same courses on main campus are taught in 300 to 1,000-person lectures! Your FPF advisors and instructors hold office hours right on site, making them much more accessible to you. Your FPF advisors guide you beginning in summer and throughout fall. 

If you prefer to be anonymous, you may want something else. For the additional program fee, FPF provides a close-knit community where people know you by name and take an interest in your success. 


皇冠官网体育Students are invited by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to choose a upon admission to the University and the . Our program does not accept direct applications, accepts students on a first-come, first-served basis, and comes with an additional program fee. 

"I am delighted to have been a part of the FPF Program, and now, an FPF alumni. I appreciate each staff member and instructor that has put their time into making FPF such a lovely experience for new students, such as myself, that were beyond nervous to attend UC Berkeley. Thank you for making Berkeley feel like home so quickly. I would not have traded my experience here for any other!"

—Alexis McCall, FPF 2019 Cohort alumna

Class Sizes Matter

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Psych 1 on Campus: 451

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皇冠官网体育Stats 2 at FPF: 48

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FPF Ambassadors - Student Mentors

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