The Fall Program for Freshmen 

You take smaller classes.

Experience the liberal arts.

Berkeley is ready for you to explore.

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

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. 


Students are invited by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to choose a first-year pathway on their MyBerkeleyApp upon admission to the University and the College of Letters and Science. Our program does not accept direct applications, accepts students on a first-come, first-served basis, and comes with an additional program fee. 

"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: 416

Math 1A at FPF: 83

Psych 1 on Campus: 451

Psych 1 at FPF: 96

Stats 2 on Campus: 297

Stats 2 at FPF: 48

Get to Know Us


FPF Ambassadors - Student Mentors

Connect with students who have been through the program! They are eager to share their experience and all the benefits of taking your first semester at Berkeley with FPF. 

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.