Graduate Theological Union

New Students

As you prepare to begin your new journey at the GTU and in Berkeley, here are some dates, comments, and links to helpful and important information.

New Student Orientation      
All Events take place in the Dinner Board Room unless noted:
2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley 94709
GTU Doctoral Orientation:
August 22: 8:30am-3:00pm
                  3:00pm-5:00pm (Reception) 
August 23: 9:30am-1:30pm (Service Learning Workshop) 
August 25: 8:30am-5:30pm
August 26: 10:00am-1:00pm (International Student Session)
                   1:30pm-5:00pm (for ALL incoming students)
August 27:  5:30pm-7:00pm (All school BBQ; PSR Quad)
GTU Common MA Orientation:
August 21: 8:30am-4:30pm 
August 22: 3:00pm-5:00pm (Reception)
August 27: 5:30pm-7:00pm (All school BBQ; PSR Quad)
French: July 21-August 15, 2014 
German: July 14-August 8, 2014 
Spanish: July 14-August 8, 2014

Entering Biblical Studies Doctoral Students: Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek exam dates TBD (overview of Hebrew & Greek exams)



Cal Cross-Registration Information

Extended Calendar 2014-2015

Housing at the GTU and in the Bay Area

Health Insurance

Professional Development Program


Community Information:

Public Transportation

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART),  This site provides maps, schedules and information about communities serviced by BART.

Alameda/Contra Costa Transit,  This site provides maps and schedules for the local bus service.


Cal Rec Club,

Downtown Berkeley YMCA,

24 Hour Fitness (Berkeley location),

Childcare and Parenting Resources

Bananas,  Bananas is a great place to find day care referrals in the East Bay, either near your home, school, or workplace. In addition to referral work, they also offer parenting classes and other information and assistance.