Experience Berkeley Program

For Transfer Students (EBT)

Experience Berkeley Transfer (EBT) is a free program that provides Black, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander community college students with mentors, tools and resources to complete a competitive UC application and prepare for transfer to UC Berkeley. Applications for the 2023 Experience Berkeley Transfer Program are now open and due MARCH 31, 2023 at 11:59PM.

For questions, please email us at ebtransfers@stileshall.org.  

What will I do in the Program?Program RequirementsFAQs
  • Attend 1-on-1 or group check-in meetings hosted by your program mentor on a bi-weekly basis in a virtual setting.
  • Receive 1-on-1 support with your UC Application (July-November 2022). You will write several drafts for your UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQs). 
  • Connect with UC Berkeley admissions officers, alumni, current transfers and build community with other CA community college students.
  • Attend a 90-minute virtual workshop, one Saturday a month (July-November 2022) that cover strategies on how to be a competitive applicant and prepare for transfer.
  • After UC applications are submitted, you will continue to receive support from mentors and attend workshops that will help you navigate your college admissions decisions (January-May 2023).
The Experience Berkeley program receives private funding to specifically support students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must self-identify as Black, Latinx, Native American and/or Pacific Islander
  • Must attend a California Community College
  • Priority is given to students who identify as first-generation and/or low-income
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA to apply (3.5 and above preferred)
  • Must be complete transfer requirements (60 transferable units) by Spring 2023
  • Must be applying for Fall 2023 admission 

Students from these populations are encouraged to apply: Formerly Incarcerated and/or system impacted (a close family member/loved one is/was incarcerated); Low-income; Caretaker; DSP Student; EOP Recipient; Experienced Food and/or Housing Insecurity; First-generation; Former Foster; Low-income; LGBTQIA+; Head of Household; Undocumented; Student Parent; Work full-time; Work part-time; Veterans

What can I do to ensure I am transfer-ready?
  • Review UC Berkeley’s transfer requirements on the admissions website.
  • Talk with a transfer counselor at your community college to ask for information about IGETC and to make sure you are on the path to be IGETC certified.
  • Visit California’s online student-transfer information system, ASSIST, to verify you are on the path to transfer. Please see your college counselor for support.
  • Stop by the Transfer, Re-entry & Student Parent Center (TRSP) at Berkeley for quick drop-in admissions advising for prospective students: Click Here.

What if I don’t have a 3.5 GPA or higher, can I still apply?
  • Yes, you can still apply to our program but you would need to explain the circumstances as to why you did not meet this preferred requirement. When filling out our application, make sure to highlight why you would be a great fit for our program.

I don't meet the self-identification requirements for race/ethnicity, first-gen and/or low-income, can I still apply?
  • Yes, all applicants will be considered. However, priority is given to those who meet the full requirements. We specifically serve these marginalized and historically excluded students in order to create pathways for self-determination and a more diverse representation of transfers at UC Berkeley. If you do not meet these requirements, please mention why you would still be a great candidate for our program on your application.
Where will the workshops occur?
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all workshops are hosted virtually on Zoom. However, there may be opportunities scheduled for students to visit Stiles Hall in Berkeley, CA.