Welcome message to new students at Rausser College

August 26, 2020

This fall, the Rausser College of Natural Resources is pleased to welcome 783 new students from 23 states and 23 different countries. This includes 566 new first year-students, 122 arriving transfer students, and ninety-five newly enrolled graduate students pursuing degrees across five departments, as well as another fifteen graduate students who will work towards our interdisciplinary Masters in Development Practice program. In all, 2,382 undergraduate and 455 graduate students call Rausser College their home.

As campus continues to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College will begin the semester with remote instruction, hoping we can return to in-person classes later this fall. Faculty and GSIs have worked through the summer to prepare for this unusual semester. Laboratory researchers have returned to campus in small numbers, wearing masks and distancing in lab spaces. We are deeply grateful to everyone who has come together to make this possible, while ensuring the health and safety of our community. To learn more about our health precautions and pandemic-related adaptive measures, visit Berkeley’s coronavirus website.

All Berkeley affiliates are also invited to participate in Campus Conversations, a series of talks in which campus leaders and members of our community discuss Berkeley’s future. In addition to offering a great window into research throughout the College and university, several recent episodes have responded to questions, sought feedback, and heard the community’s concerns about the pandemic. 

We are very excited to have our new students join us in our efforts to uphold our motto, “See the bigger picture. Make a better world.” We remain committed to building a community dedicated to a sustainable and just future for the 21st century. Welcome to the Rausser College of Natural Resources!