New Grads: As Soon As You Arrive

Cal 1 Card Photo ID

Your Cal 1 Card Photo ID is also your proximity card and card key for Cory and Soda Hall. To obtain your Cal 1 Card, go to the Cal 1 Card Office at 180 Cesar Chavez Center in Lower Sproul Plaza. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. You will need to bring your Student ID number and a valid picture ID, such as a passport or driver's license.

Computer Accounts

Your EECS computer and email account can be activated after August 15. It cannot be activated prior to this and cannot be activated remotely. After August 15, please go to the EECS Helpdesk in 395 Cory Hall to activate your EECS account. Your EECS account will be the primary method of communication for Department business. UC Berkeley policy states that students are responsible for keeping their address current and for regularly monitoring their email for official communications from the University (see email policy).

The EECS Department will hold a mandatory IT orientation on Monday, August 21, 2017 as a part of the EECS Department orientation. You must attend this orientation if you are receiving a Department laptop. During the orientation we will present pertinent information about EECS and UC Berkeley computing services as well guidelines and policies. Successful completion of this orientation is mandatory to obtain your laptop and activate it on our network. Please make every effort to attend. If you cannot attend please inform the EECS Help Desk at help@eecs.berkeley.edu.

International Students

Berkeley International Office (BIO) provides a series of online courses that are designed to inform international students of essential resources and responsibilities at UC Berkeley. All new international students receive an email invitation to the iStart 101 Course. There are four modules and each module has a set of quiz questions attached to it. You can access the modules through your CalCentral dashboard under "My Classes" or by logging into bCourses. There are also direct links to the modules below. If you are having issues with this or have questions, please contact the Berkeley International Office. This is a required part of Document Check. The four modules are: 

Who is BIO?
Maintaining Your Status
Academics
Campus Life

Please also plan to attend the New International Students Orientation on August 16, 2017.

WarnMe

Create a WarnMe account. WarnMe is UC Berkeley's alerting and warning service for students, staff, and faculty. The service will alert you through either phone, text message, or email if there is an immediate threat to safety or health affecting the campus community. By default WarnMe will send a message to your official email address in the CalNet directory (typically your @berkeley.edu address). To receive emergency warnings via any other method, such as by text or phone, you must click the "Update your contact information" on the right side of the WarnMe page. Please visit warnme.berkeley.edu for more information. 

WarnMe is part of the campus's emergency communications system. In all emergencies, natural disasters and other crises, information will be posted on Berkeley's home page and on the backup off-site emergency website at emergency.berkeley.edu. It will also be recorded on the off-site, toll-free emergency number (1-800-705-9998) and the campus radio station KALX 90.7 FM (kalx.berkeley.edu), and it will be posted to Twitter @UCBerkeley and to UC Berkeley's Facebook.

Advising

You should arrange to meet your assigned faculty advisor(s) soon after you arrive. Faculty contact information can be found here. Before you see your advisor, plan a tentative course schedule for fall by consulting either Berkeley's Schedule of Classes or the EE and CS Class Schedules.  For additional advising resources, you may also consult the appropriate staff advisor:

EE MS/PhD and PhD advising: Shirley Salanio 
CS MS/PhD and PhD advising: Angel Waxman
EE and CS MS, MEng, MAS-IC, & 5th-Year MS advising: Michael Sun

Lab Safety Training

All EE graduate students, including Master of Engineering students, must take Lab Safety Training. To take the online training please follow the instructions below: 

  • Log in with your CalNet ID and passphrase to the UC Learning Center. (You can also access the link through the EH&S Training page by selecting "UC Learning Center Access" under "Other Resources.")
  • Using the search feature, look up the following courses: EHS 101 UC Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety, EHS 201 Biosafety in Laboratories, EHS 301 Laser Safety, EHS 401 Radioactive Materials User Safety, etc.
  • Register for the courses and take the training. Remove any pop-up blockers.
  • If you are having technical difficulties, you can contact the UC Learning Center at learningcenter@berkeley.edu, or you can use the Problem Solver.
  • If the Problem Solver instructs you to be added to the HR system, go to your department's HR office and ask to be added to the HR system as an 'Affiliate.'
  • For questions regarding the training, contact the EH&S Training at ehs@berkeley.edu.