L&S: First-Year Pathways

Where You Find Your People, Your Place, and Your Passions at Berkeley

Pathways is an exciting new program for first-year undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. It consists of three courses — linked by a common theme — that you take in your first semester at Berkeley.

First-Year Pathways Provide

Early Class Enrollment

Pathways provides priority enrollment into three courses for incoming first-year students

Small Class Experience

An exciting small-class experience with a professor renowned in their field

New Friendships

A chance to make friends with other new students through shared personal interests

Graphic of one large grey circle with three circles that connect above it. The main grey circle text: Common Theme, Small cohort experience, degree progress and early class enrollment. Circle 1 text above grey circle: Hub: 25 students, interdisciplinary, enrichment activities. Circle 2 and 3 text: Large lecture, dedicated section.

Students Testimonials

As a first-semester student, it’s a very good introduction to Berkeley as a whole. It reminds you that keeping an open mind and learning from a multitude of perspectives is very important and part of the reason why you’re here.
Caitlyn L
Fall 23 First-Year Pathways Student
I applied to the Pathways Program so I would have an easier time meeting people and so that I wouldn’t have to stress about signing up for classes. Signing up for classes was made a breeze. It was definitely easier to make connections with classmates because we were in multiple smaller classes together.
First-Year Pathways Student
Fall 2023
I hoped to have a fun first semester with classes I was interested in, as well as smaller class sizes. This was fulfilled! I really love the program and am very appreciative that I got to be a part of it.
First-Year Pathways Student
Fall 2023