Berkeley launches one-year residential program at Mills College

Thursday, March 25, 2021

First-year students accepted to UC Berkeley for the 2021-22 academic year will have a new option for how — and where — to start their undergraduate experience.

In addition to the traditional path on the Berkeley campus, and the longstanding Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), which since 1983 has offered a one-semester opportunity in Berkeley for about 750 incoming students to take core classes together, an additional pathway is being located on the Mills College campus in Oakland.

The UC Berkeley Changemaker in Oakland program, for 200 students, will be the only yearlong, first-year residential college experience offered by Berkeley.

The program also will benefit students whose transition to Berkeley’s main campus is helped by first spending time in a smaller cohort environment.

“We’re building on the Fall Program for Freshmen, and that program has a good legacy,” said Ramu Nagappan, assistant dean of UC Berkeley Extension, which runs FPF and also will operate the new program. The FPF is a small, collaborative learning community for incoming students in the College of Letters and Science that refers to itself as “like a small liberal arts college, with the resources and opportunities of a large research university.”

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