The Graduate Diversity Program (GDP) provides support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community. The Graduate Diversity Program serves as a resource for the admissions process, academic support, financial advice, and professional development. It also provides a forum for ideas and programs designed to enhance the educational experience of underrepresented students, including those who are undocumented, first generation college students, and those who are educationally and financially challenged.

For over 45 years, UC Berkeley has been committed to encouraging and supporting underrepresented students on the Berkeley campus. The Graduate Diversity Program was established to provide outreach, confidential advising, and mentoring support to students who seek to obtain graduate degrees at UC Berkeley.

Our services include:

  • Admissions: Graduate school admissions assistance is available. Information and strategic planning on the application process and statements of purpose is provided to students.
  • Academic Support: Financial assistance can be provided for tutoring and special need circumstances. Assistance in planning for personal and academic success, professional development, and post-graduation plans.
  • Mentoring: Is undertaken by the Director of the Graduate Diversity Program, staff, and campus diversity directors on an ongoing basis.
  • Advising and Counseling: Available to all currently enrolled students and those considering applying to UC Berkeley. Advising on financial planning and funding.
  • Outreach: The Graduate Diversity Program staff visits colleges and universities across the country to encourage students to apply to UC Berkeley.