Office for Graduate Diversity (OGD)
Providing support services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community.
OGD 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 Office for Graduate Diversity was established to provide outreach, confidential advising, and mentoring support to students who seek to obtain graduate degrees at UC Berkeley.
How we help
For Prospective Students — Outreach & Admissions Assistance
We want you to know that you belong here. The Office for Graduate Diversity staff visits colleges and universities across the country to encourage students to apply to UC Berkeley.
We provide students with graduate school admissions assistance, as well as information and strategic planning on the application process and statements of purpose.
For Current Students — Academic Support & Mentoring
We ensure you have the support you need throughout your graduate studies, from admission to completion of your degree. We offer assistance in planning for personal and academic success, professional development, and post-graduation plans. Should you require tutoring or have special-need circumstances, financial assistance is available.
The Director of the Office for Graduate Diversity, staff, and campus diversity directors provide mentoring on an ongoing basis. Advising and counseling are available to all currently enrolled.
students and those considering applying to UC Berkeley, as well as advising on financial planning and funding.