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About the SLC

Core Purpose

SLC supports a global community of learners as they transition into the academic and cultural environment of UC Berkeley; facilitates students’ translation of the university’s ways of knowing, academic practices and structures; enlivens students’ understanding of the power and possibilities of their ideas; and encourages students to embrace and explore multiple epistemologies to grow as budding scholars and intellectuals.

Key Highlights

  • Has served over 80,000 students since 1973; is today the primary academic support unit for UC Berkeley.

  • Serves close to 10,000 undergraduates annually, approximately 40% of undergraduate student population.

  • Employs 18 professional staff with disciplinary expertise, 300 trained undergraduate tutors, and 20 graduate student instructors.

  • Serves as the liaison between Berkeley administration and the DeCal program, a partnership that adds over 300 additional courses to the university's curriculum.

  • Advises and mentors the leadership of the campus honor societies.

  • Manages Berkeley's Summer Bridge Program, a rigorous six-week academic residential program for entering freshmen.

  • Operates the SPEAR Middle School Scholar Academy, tailored to the academic and social development of middle school students, SPEAR offers an enriching learning experience and opportunities for scholars to develop self-efficacy, resourcefulness and problem solving strategies.