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Help Students Find Their Way: Support L&S First-Year Pathways

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Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Help Students Find Their Way: Support L&S First-Year Pathways

Ensure new students successfully transition into academic life through programs like L&S First-Year Pathways.

UC Berkeley attracts the best and brightest students, but our university’s size and complexity can be overwhelming for new students, especially those who are the first in their families to attend college. To help ease the transition to college life and Berkeley academics, the College of Letters & Science has launched the First-Year Pathways program. This innovative program allows first-year students to take interdisciplinary courses and enjoy immersive learning experiences with a small cohort.

L&S First-Year Pathways allows students to:

  • Explore compelling and timely topics through an interdisciplinary lens
  • Join small cohorts of up to 25 students in hub courses and in discussion sections of lecture classes
  • Form personal relationships with emblematic faculty members
  • Enjoy learning and bonding activities outside of the classroom
  • Progress toward graduation through the completion of L&S breadth requirements

We launched Pathways this fall with a capacity for 125 students, and we need your support to help more scholars find their way at Berkeley. The cost for each student's Pathways experience is approximately $3,120. Your contribution to the L&S Leadership Fund will help expand L&S First-Year Pathways and similar efforts to improve the new student experience, such as the On the Same Page program, Big Ideas Courses, and additional advising resources.

The first semester of college is often the most challenging time for our undergraduates. Tilt the scales toward success with a timely gift to the L&S Leadership Fund.

Visit for more information about the L&S First-Year Pathways program, and email any questions you may have to

Our way
of Thanking You


Social Shout-out

We will thank you by name from the College of Letters & Science’s social media accounts (unless you choose to remain anonymous).

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Estimated Delivery: November 2023


Signed Photograph

We will send you a photograph from one of the First-Year Pathways classes signed by the professor.

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Estimated Delivery: December 2023


Video from Professor

A professor involved in First-Year Pathways will record a personal thank-you video talking about the program.

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Estimated Delivery: December 2023


Video from the Executive Dean

Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, the Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science, will send you a video thanking you for your contribution.

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Estimated Delivery: December 2023
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