The Fall Program for Freshmen Berkeley Campus

You live on campus.

You take smaller classes.

Berkeley is ready for you to explore.

FPF Berkeley 

Join our small, thriving learning community where great young minds embark on an intellectual journey of a lifetime—at one of the best universities in the world. Our alumni get higher GPAs and graduate at a higher rate than their peers. Why? Because they get the best possible start.

Our small class sizes provide a lot of benefits for you as a brand-new freshman. Most of our classes take place in one building, just a few blocks from the main UC Berkeley campus. For one semester, you get to take classes with the same 800 people, seeing the same faces in several of your classes. Most of our instructors and all of our advisors hold office hours right on site.

At the same time you enjoy all of the perks of campus life: access to an amazing library system, more than 1,000 student organizations—including Greek life—resources and programming for students at all levels, and research projects in fields from environmental science to art history to integrative biology. You also get access to all the same services as other UC Berkeley students, including health services, tutoring, sports facilities and more!

You live on campus. You take classes on a smaller campus. The dynamic, multicultural city of Berkeley is here for you to explore.

Ready to get more out of Berkeley? Start your Berkeley education with FPF!

"FPF is a wonderful program. I love how small and individual it feels while also allowing one to experience campus. I'm glad to have been an FPF student."

—Christie Matsumo, FPF alumna

Class Sizes Matter

Math 1A on Campus: 313

Math 1A at FPF: 83

Psych 1 on Campus: 474

Psych 1 at FPF: 100

Stats 2 on Campus: 321

Stats 2 at FPF: 57

Get to Know Us

Cal Day

April 22, 2017: Cal Day is the best opportunity to visit Berkeley and see all it has to offer. There are a full day of presentations and activities specifically for you. Our staff and ambassadors are on hand to answer any of your questions about the program.

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. Our staff will be present at some of these receptions; other Berkeley representatives will be available to answer FPF-related questions at all receptions. Check out our upcoming events!

Campus Tours

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