Fall 2019 Courses
Designed Specifically for Re-entry Students

Independent Students in Higher Education: Adult Learners
Ethnic Studies (ES)198: One Unit - Pass/Not Pass
Instructor: Cris Gomez

Students participate in this discussion-based forum to address specific issues adult learners often face during the transitional first semester at Cal. Course discussions and assignments are designed to coach students through the process of adjusting to academic life at Berkeley and all the complexities it entails. Through this class, students expand strategies for managing the demanding workload of this research university and build approaches for maximizing the opportunities available throughout campus that directly shape the quality of the re-entry student experience. This class affords the opportunity to network with other re-entry learners to build community and belonging. Many re-entry students note that this course was essential to their success at Cal.
ES 198 Sec. 008  Class # 24523

Tuesdays: 11AM - 12PM      Location: CE3 Independent Student Programs, BNorth
Wednesdays: 11AM - 12PM     Location: CE3 Independent Student Programs, BNorth
Wednesdays: 1PM - 2PM Location: CE3 Independent Student Programs, BNorth

Peer Leadership and Mentoring in the Classroom
EDUC 198: Two Units - Pass/Not Pass
Instructor: Ron Williams

This course, designed for students who already navigated through their first semester at Berkeley, prepares students to concurrently serve as student co-facilitators in CE3 transition courses. Topics covered include group dynamics, the "problem-posing" method of instruction, creating an atmosphere of trust and support, and teaching through positive feedback.

ES 197 Sec. 1    Time TBD       Location TBD     Class # TBD   

Please email: ronwilliams@berkeley.edu for enrollment info

 Scholarship Opportunities for Re-entry Students

The Crankstart Re-entry Scholarship provides $5,000 awards to ten undergraduate re-entry students who demonstrate the potential and capacity to positively contribute to society beyond Berkeley. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • UC Berkeley re-entry Students having experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years

  • Undergraduates pursuing their first baccalaureate degree

  • Anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation

  • All applicants must have filed a FAFSA and be eligible to receive federal aid

  • Hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from all colleges attended

Deadline: September 27, 2019


The Osher Reentry Scholarship Program funds several Osher Reentry Scholars with awards up to $5,000 for the academic year. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate re-entry student at UC Berkeley who has experienced a considerable gap in the pursuit of her or his education and who can look forward to significant years of workforce participation

  • Must have completed at least one regular term (fall or spring) at UC Berkeley

  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from all colleges attended

  • All applicants must have completed a FAFSA and be eligible to receive financial aid

Deadline: September 27, 2019

The Judith Lee Stronach
Re-entry Prizes for Poetry and Prose

These prizes are co-sponsored by the Re-entry Student Program & the English Department and are open to currently enrolled UC Berkeley re-entry students (25 years of age and older)

Deadline: TBD

Prizes for the 2018 Award Cycle:
$2,500 – First Place Poetry
$2,500 – First Place Prose

Poetry Requirements: Five unpublished poems
Prose Requirements: Unpublished prose of any length

* Please do not include your name on your entry
* Please upload your entry either as a ".docx" or ".pdf" file.
* Upload file named with the following format:

Prose_"Last Name, First Name"_2018
Poetry_"Last Name, First Name"_2018

For example: Poetry_Plath, Sylvia_2018

* Submission to a university prize contest in no way limits the subsequent sale and publication of the material. Previously published materials are not eligible

The Re-entry Transfer Student Association (RTSA) plays a critical role in advocacy of re-entry and transfer students at Cal, and promotes community engagement, recruitment, and retention within this student community.