Transfer Students: Welcome from the Undergraduate Dean

April 2019

Dear Admitted Student:

Congratulations on your admission to the College of Chemistry at Berkeley!

To help you make an informed decision about which school to attend, we invite you to our Info Session for Admitted Transfer Students on Friday, May 10, 1:30-3 pm, hosted by advisers and current undergraduates in the College of Chemistry.​

UC Berkeley, and especially the College of Chemistry, enjoy a worldwide reputation for scholarship and research, with strong and rigorous undergraduate programs. Our students engage in research with the world's leading scientists and engineers. Our graduate programs continue to receive top rankings by the National Research Council and U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Chemistry is a small, self-contained college within the larger university. Each year approximately 75 new transfer students join the College and the number of undergraduates in the College totals around 950; we can therefore offer our students a number of advantages normally associated with much smaller campuses.

The College provides easy and efficient access to academic support and advising through the new Undergraduate Student Services Center. Within the last year, we have added a Tutoring Program, and two new in-house Career Counselors. As members of the broader UC Berkeley community, our students also benefit from the resources of a large, multi-faceted research university.

The College of Chemistry is an ideal choice for students with a wide range of interests and career goals who have a strong commitment to a course of study in chemical engineering, chemistry, or chemical biology and are interested in studying in a research environment.

Students who are admitted to the College of Chemistry are expected to follow the academic program in their chosen major from their very first semester. In view of the fact that the time to obtain your degree is limited, petitions to change major will not be accepted. Students whose interests have changed to a major outside of the College of Chemistry, or who wish to study chemical engineering while their application declared chemistry or chemical biology, should not accept admission to UC Berkeley.

Questions about the College of Chemistry and your admission status can be directed to:

Maura Daly
(510) 643-0550

Again, I offer you my warmest congratulations on your admission to UC Berkeley and the College of Chemistry. We hope that you will choose to join us and continue your study of the chemical sciences and engineering at Berkeley! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.


Signature of Undergraduate Dean John Arnold

John Arnold
Professor of Chemistry & Undergraduate Dean

John Arnold
John Arnold
Undergraduate Dean