CEP & OUA College Access Symposium

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:00am-3:15pm (ended)

Location: DoubleTree Berkeley Marina
200 Marina Blvd., Berkeley CA

Registration fee $35. 

UC Berkeley's Center for Educational Partnerships and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions host a day of professional development and networking to support your high school students to and through college.

Check-in and breakfast begins at 8:00am. Program to start at 8:45am.

Tuesday, October 1

8:00 - 8:45AM

Check-in. Buffet breakfast.

8:45 - 9:00 AM


9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Plenary, Presentations and Discussions:

  • UC Berkeley Undergraduate Admissions
  • Announcements
  • UC Berkeley Diversity Initiative
  • Resource Tables and Networking
11:30- 12:45 PM

Buffet Lunch

1:00 - 3:15 PM

PIQ Session | Personal Insight Questions: The Stages of Writing

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Concurrent Workshops | Session A

2:00 - 2:15PM


2:15 - 3:15 PM

Concurrent Workshops | Session B

3:15 PM

Conclusion of CEP & OUA College Access Symposium


Updated 09/23
Workshops and schedules are subject to change.

PIQ SESSION (1:00-3:15)

README: This PIQ workshop spans the ENTIRE AFTERNOON. Due to the content and structure, interested counselors should plan to attend from 1:00 to 3:15pm. No latecomers.

Personal Insight Questions: The Stages of Writing

Join us to review best practices and strategies on HOW to support students throughout the Personal Insight Questions writing process from brainstorming to finalizing.

SESSION A (1:00-2:00)

A1 | The Freshman Admissions Cycle (Part 1):  What's Happening with My Application?

This presentation will provide an overview of the application cycle both before and after submission, highlighting both the student experience and what happens “behind the scenes” in the admissions office.

A2 | Black Joy at Berkeley

The Black community at Berkeley is creating a sense of belonging and highlighting the expression of Black Joy through programming and activities.  The African American Student Diversity office (AASD) is instrumental in bringing staff, students and faculty together.

A3 | What High School Counselors Need to Know about Financial Aid

Paying for an education can be viewed as an intimidating task. This presentation will demonstrate how students can finance a UC education and will debunk the myth that it is financially beyond reach.

SESSION B (2:15-3:15)

B4 | Freshman Admission 101: The Basics for New Counselors

A review of freshman admission policies and practices, frequently asked topics, personal insight questions along with useful tools for counselors when advising students.

B5 | The Freshman Admissions Cycle (Part 2):  I've Been Admitted, Now What?

This presentation will highlight the post-decision process for students admitted to Berkeley. Learn what admits have to do to accept their space, submit their documents, and complete and review other important tasks and information before attending Berkeley.

B6 | Q&A with Senior Evaluators

We’ll provide answers to frequently asked questions on common topics and take your pressing “I always want to ask” specific questions and provide you with thorough answers. Our goal is to give you “aha!” moments and have you leave this session knowing more than you did when you arrived.

Workshops and schedules are subject to change.

Representatives from various UC Berkeley departments will be available through 1:00 pm to answer your questions.


  • College of Natural Resources
  • Cal Housing
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
  • Summer Sessions & Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undocumented Student Program (USP)
  • Center for Educational Partnerships Products & Services
  • Community College Transfer Services
  • ECMC The College Place-Northern California

Undergraduate Admissions staff will be available throughout the day.

Doubletree by Hilton Berkeley Marina is located at 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley Marina 94710.

Free validated parking is provided. When checking in for the CEP-OUA College Access Symposium, please show your parking ticket to our staff and receive your validation ticket.

City of Berkeley parking is also available along Marina Blvd. There is no charge. Park at your own risk. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

Carpooling with your colleagues is recommended. Please allow for the usual congested morning commute traffic in your travel time.

Please check back after October 1.