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M.E.T. Orientation Host Program

Schedule of Events – Friday, April 22, 2022

12 – 1pm

Check-In  | 130 Blum Hall (M.E.T. Collaboration Space)  Students   Parents/Family

1 – 2 pm

M.E.T. Course Preview –  Dr. Saikat Chaudhuri | Studio 310 (Jacobs Hall) Students Parents/Family 

2 – 3 pm

Ice cream & ice breakers| 130 Blum Hall Students 

3 – 4 pm A tour through Creation with Sravya Basvapatri (M.E.T. ’22) & Michael McNabb (M.E.T. ’22) Students  
4 – 5 pm Small group sessions | various locations (see back of nametag) Students 
5 – 6 pm Real Talks with M.E.T. students | Memorial Glade Students 
6:00pm End of the official program 
6:30 – 7:30pm

Optional dinner | Berkeley Thai House Student

Travel & logistics

By plane:

Oakland International Airport (OAK) – 15 miles from UC Berkeley

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) – 25 miles from UC Berkeley


Ground Transportation: 

  • Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) – see schedule and routes here
  • Rideshare
  • Car rental

Please note: parking in and around UC Berkeley – especially during admit weekend – will be challenging. If possible, we recommend rideshare or public transportation to campus. 

Berkeley has many options for lodging, and below you will find a list of accommodations close to campus. You can also find additional options in Oakland, Emeryville, and San Francisco – nearby cities that are easily reached by public transportation or car. We strongly advise that you make your lodging reservations prior to your visit.

  • Comply with current face-covering requirements
  • Activate CA Notify (Strongly encouraged.)
  • Comply with all posted signage and requirement to not enter facilities if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If attending: (1) an indoor event at which food or beverage will be served or (2) an indoor event attended by more than 1,000 people, or (3) a gym, must be vaccinated or exempt from vaccination requirements.

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Q: When does the program start – end?
Check-in is from 12 – 1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at 130 Blum Hall. The program officially ends Friday evening at 6 p.m. with an optional dinner from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Q: Are vaccination checks and/or COVID tests required for participation?

A: Please refer to the UC Berkeley COVID-19 campus guidelines.

Q: Who runs the M.E.T. Orientation Host Program?
A: The M.E.T. Student Board runs the program with support from M.E.T. staff. With added help from M.E.T. student volunteers, the program is realized; it’s a group effort!

Q: Where do students stay during the program?
A: Admitted students are encouraged to reserve accommodations near UC Berkeley. A full list of lodging information can be found above.

Q: Can parents/family accompany students during the program?
A: Though there are optional events for parents/family during Orientation Host Program, many programs are intended for admitted students. We encourage parents to explore UC Berkeley (see: Things to Do) during the course of the event.

On Cal Day, Saturday, 4/23 parents are invited to attend programs geared towards admits and families. There will also be a special admit program for M.E.T. admits and families from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. featuring campus leaders from Berkeley Engineering and Berkeley-Haas.

Q: Do admits need to cover their accommodation expenses?
A: Admitted students are responsible for finding their own accommodations. The program itself is free.  M.E.T. OHP organizers will provide snacks throughout the day and an optional dinner. We encourage admitted students to bring cash to buy Cal swag and other snacks.

Q: What should admitted students bring with them?

A: We recommend bringing the following:

  • Photo ID (school ID is fine)
  • Raincoat or umbrella (Berkeley rains unexpectedly)
  • Cash for snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Comfortable walking shoes 

Q: Can I store my luggage in the M.E.T. office?

A: No, the M.E.T. collaboration space is a shared co-working space for students and program staff. We cannot store luggage in our office. Please find alternate means for luggage storage.

Q: Who is the emergency contact for this event?

A: In the event of an emergency, admits should first reach out to the student organizers. They are the first points of contact.
Student contact information: Matt Kang, M.E.T. VP of Admissions (925) 413-3032, Sravya Basvapatri, M.E.T. President (484) 522-1550, UC Police Department (510) 642-3333.

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