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THINK BIG. start small.

The Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) offers a small, collaborative learning community for first-year students in UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science. As an FPF student, you:

  • learn in a smaller environment—no more than 100 students in any class.
  • receive more attention from instructors—you get to know your instructor, they get to know you and good things ensue.
  • experience dedicated one-­on-­one advising from a small team who cares about your success.

You can think of us as a small, liberal arts college within a larger research university.

Because FPF is smaller than UC Berkeley, your participation in this program gives you an instant support network of friends, instructors and advisors. Your FPF courses allow you to explore a variety of subjects while meeting Berkeley’s rigorous academic environment. And, all of our courses count toward your College of Letters and Science requirements, as well as major and minor prerequisites. We make sure you’re prepared to be a successful student in your coming years.

Are you ready to see what your first semester at Berkeley can look like? Check out our Berkeley and San Francisco locations.

Need more guidance on choosing classes? Join us for a live webinar and Q&A! Click on the links below to register. 

Plan Your Fall Schedule Q&A Session: Tuesday, June 14

Pre-Med Advising Q&A Session: Monday, June 13

Get to Know Us

New Student Receptions

In April, the Cal Alumni Association and the UC Berkeley Office of Undergraduate Admissions host receptions throughout California for newly admitted students. Although Berkeley representatives will be available to answer FPF-related questions, our staff will only be present at some of these receptions. Check out information about the next event.

Visiting 160 Spear St.

Front Desk: 415-284-1060

Business Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8 am–5 pm

In addition, the center is open weekday evenings and Saturdays when classes are in session or when the computer lab is open.

Please note: Students must enter the building through the Main Street entrance on weekends.

Campus Tours

UC Berkeley Visitor Services gives free 90-minute campus tours every day. Stroll around campus with trained student guides who know the ins and outs of campus and student life.