July 13, 2021 - Berkeley Life Roundup: Reopenings and Enrolling

Dear undergraduate, graduate, and professional students,


As we gear up for fall 2021, remember that Phase 2 enrollment begins for continuing students on July 19. Explore all that UC Berkeley has to offer. Learn how students transformed their college experience through Discovery courses, Big Ideas, and DeCal classes. Find the schedule of all fall classes at classes.berkeley.edu or visit the Suggested Classes Twitter feed for classes with available seats...and sign up!

Here are this month’s other key takeaways:

The focus for July is on more campus reopenings as we head toward the fall term. In August, we plan to share student tips and stories, more details on the return to campus, and other resources in our special Back-to-School Roundup.

In the meantime, can you please help us improve this newsletter? Tell us what you think about  the Berkeley Life Roundup email for students, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Thank you!


Health and Safety


Face Coverings on Campus

As of July 12, for fully vaccinated individuals, face coverings are optional both indoors and outdoors on the UC Berkeley campus. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption are still required to wear a face covering while indoors. Find the latest information on the campus Coronavirus Face Coverings page.


Reminder: Vaccinations and Arrival Guidelines

Don’t forget: The UC vaccine mandate is scheduled to begin on August 4. Before you can take in-person classes and access campus facilities this fall, you’ll need both to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to take at least one campus COVID-19 test. To help you plan for your arrival to campus in the fall, check out University Health Services’ testing, vaccination, and self-sequester arrival guidelines for students. The guidelines pertain to all students, with specific details as well for those planning to live in on-campus housing or coming from abroad.


Connecting and Community


What It’s Like to Be a Cal Undergrad 

Berkeley Life IG shares the spectrum of Berkeley Life and what it’s like to be an undergrad at Cal. Follow us for the student perspective as campus reopens and beyond!


California Memorial Stadium Reopens

Cal football games are back, with full capacity okayed at California Memorial Stadium and the return of such traditions as the Cal Band, cheer and spirit, and Tailgate Town. Full details regarding health and safety protocols, which will be in alignment with state guidelines, will be announced prior to the start of the fall seasons for all Golden Bear sports.


Resources and Support


Phase 2 Enrollment Begins July 19

Reminder: Phase 2 enrollment begins for continuing students on July 19. Find your specific appointment date and time in CalCentral. You may find the schedule of classes at classes.berkeley.edu or visit the Suggested Classes Twitter feed for classes with available seats. Please enroll sooner rather than later to ensure your seat in a class or on a waitlist. Facing challenges or concerns that are related to your enrollment? Find resources and support.  


Campus Reopenings

In-person student services resuming or expanding by July 12 include Cal 1 Card, Cal Housing, and Cal Student Central. In-person ASUC Student Union services in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Building resuming or expanding by July 12 include: Amazon Hub+, Bank of the West (campus location), Berkeley Art Studio, Cal Student Store, and Food Pantry. Currently offering select in-person operations: Cal Dining, Early Childhood Education, Rec Sports, Residential Life, and University Health Services. Even more services will be available before the start of the semester. A complete list of reopenings, hours, policies, and more, is included in the in-person student services email that was sent to all students last week.


Federal Emergency Relief Funding 

Additional federal emergency relief funding will be released in the coming months, so take steps now to make sure you’re eligible. It's not too late. You can file for 2021–22 aid anytime until June 30, 2022; however, since federal aid is disbursed on an ongoing basis, you'll increase your chances if you file as soon as possible. Both undergraduate and graduate students must have a financial aid application (FAFSA or CADAA) on file to be considered for federal emergency relief or Dream Act funding related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While filing an aid application won't guarantee funding, it is the only way to ensure you will be considered for all available sources of funding, including emergency relief. Apply now.


Introducing UC Library Search

Starting July 27, Berkeley’s existing search platforms, OskiCat and Melvyl, will retire, and in their place will be UC Library Search, a new system that will bring all UC campus libraries together under the same virtual roof, just as a public library system uses one catalog for its many branches. Your library account will become a UC Library Search account automatically. No further action is required unless you have saved lists, searches, bookmarks, or links to OskiCat or Melvyl pages. 


Connecting to Campus Wi-Fi

When you return to campus, eduroam is now the primary Wi-Fi service for the best connection and access to the campus network. Follow a few steps and your device should automatically use eduroam whenever you are within an area where it is provided. 


Now Hiring

Apply for a job at Cal Dining and enjoy perks like free meals for each shift worked, flexible work schedules, opportunities for advancement, and more. Student posts are available in the dining commons, campus restaurants, convenience stores, and catering and concessions. The Cal Student Store also is looking for artists, photographers, graphic designers, and marketers for its marketing team. Email your resume or questions to: ivankreger@gmail.com


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Enjoy July and rest up. We’ll see you in August!



Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D. (he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Berkeley Life Roundup is a monthly email with news just for students: health and wellness information, a summary of important campus updates, resources and support, and opportunities to connect, engage, and learn. Please also check out Berkeley Life hub and Berkeley Life Instagram. Graduate students can also connect with Graduate Division Instagram, as well as other platforms.



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