Being new to campus can be challenging, but we’re here to help our students feel at home. FPF Advisors mentor and coach students through their immersion to Berkeley.
Tara Young, M.A.
Director, Fall Program for Freshmen
B.A. Sociology, New York University
M.A. Higher Education, University of Michigan
Undocu-Ally and Trained in Gender Inclusion
Tara manages instructors, staff and policy. As a first-gen college graduate and former L&S College Adviser, Tara is passionate about teaching students to ask the right questions and find resources. She is always mindful of the challenge that transitions can be, and her goal is to assist students with their own involvement in UCB by offering them options and showing them how to successfully engage in their studies. Two fun facts about Tara are that she loves Star Trek TOS and is a trained genealogist!
Office Phone: (510) 643-0379
Brandon Castillo Basa
B.A. Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Brandon was born in Hayward, raised in Sacramento, and has lived in the Bay Area since attending college. As a first-generation college graduate, he has lived through the student experience as an FPF and EOP alumnus at UC Berkeley and is passionate about helping others find their own success. When Brandon is not drinking boba or eating something delicious, he is most likely playing guitar and singing or watching a Sacramento Kings basketball game.
Office Phone: (510) 643-0375
B.A. Psychology, Sonoma State University
M.Ed. Higher Education, Oregon State University
Gina is from Sonoma County and moved to the Bay Area to begin working with students in FPF. As a first-generation graduate, she is passionate about helping students navigate their college experience and to have a positive impact on their journey. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, hiking, swimming, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Office Phone: (510) 642-5996
B.A. Anthropology, Dance, and Education minor, University of Washington
Emma is a former L&S Intake Adviser and grew up on a small island near Seattle, and now lives in Oakland near Lake Merritt. Her Northwest roots contribute to her love of hiking, good coffee, and spending time near the water. Emma is always looking for new outdoor spots to explore, and new plants to add to her garden. Her favorite plant is her lemon tree, because lemons don't grow outdoors in Washington state!
Office Phone: (510) 643-0388
Program and Curriculum Coordinator
B.A. Music, Sarah Lawrence College
M.A. Ethnomusicology, University of California, Berkeley
Francesca provides support to the FPF faculty and advisors so that they have the resources they need to support FPF students. Before joining FPF, she has worked a variety of jobs including: chorus manager, concert producer, equity and diversity analyst, candy vendor, and ethnomusicologist. When she's not in the office, she's either refilling her coffee mug, playing music, streaming shows, or working towards a new powerlifting personal record.
Office Phone: (510) 642-5001
Ramu Nagappan, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and Center for Instructional Excellence
Ramu has been with the Fall Program for Freshmen many years and has seen it evolve during that time. He enjoys the outdoors, gardening, good books, and time with family. As part of his role, Ramu oversees instructor hiring and curriculum planning for FPF.
Office Phone: (510) 643-1283
Office Location and Hours
FPF Building at 2515 Hillegass Ave, 3rd Floor; Berkeley, CA 94704-7040
(FPF moves to 1995 University Avenue (off Milvia) in later Spring 2020)
Fall Semester Advising Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 9:00 AM-4:00 PM; Wed 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Our office hosts visitors by appointment only in the Spring and Summer months. For appointments, please allow one business day's notice and call (510) 643-0379 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) was established in 1983 at the request of Chancellor Michael Heyman as a way to better accommodate students admitted to Berkeley for the spring semester and to serve more California residents in the freshman class. Since then, FPF has evolved from a program for "spring admits" to a thriving learning community that gives Berkeley freshmen an edge in their first year by starting small. Presently UC Berkeley no longer offers spring admission for freshmen. After 2017, FPF served only in the city of Berkeley and no longer in San Francisco. In Fall 2020, FPF's home is 1995 University Avenue.
FPF is sponsored by UC Berkeley Extension in conjunction with the College of Letters and Science and is open to all incoming freshmen admitted to the College of Letters & Science at Berkeley, including out-of-state and international students. All Berkeley freshmen admitted to the College of Letters & Science for the fall semester are eligible to choose FPF as a unique academic opportunity for their first term.
FPF students are full-time matriculated UC Berkeley students, who enjoy all of the same benefits as their classmates on the main campus, with the added privilege of starting their academic career in a small community within the larger university.
Student Advising, by the Numbers
97% in 2017
received 1-on-1 advising
between Spring-Fall 2018