This is a living page and will continually be edited, addressing the common questions new students have about WE Launch. If you have a question that’s not addressed on these pages, please reach out to the EWMBA Program Office at [email protected].
Please also check out the New Admit Tools & Resources page and General Student FAQ for information about topics like bConnected, CalNet ID, Billing & Payment, and more!
WE Launch 2023 Schedule
We are still developing the schedule for WE Launch 2023 so stay tuned for the complete schedule!
Optional Pre-WE Launch Sessions: July 8-July 21
– Prior to the in person weekend festivities, we have planned optional but highly engaging sessions starting Saturday, July 8th that will introduce you to key partners in your MBA journey and begin the process of bonding with your cohort.
– Select sessions are offered multiple times on the same day. You only need to attend one session. Virtual sessions will be recorded and posted on the New Admit website.
REQUIRED WE Launch Weekend: July 21 (~10AM) – July 23 (~3PM)
Haas School of Business
While we are still working out the details of the complete schedule, the mandatory in-person WE Launch Weekend will begin at approximately 10AM on Friday July 21st, 2023.
Students should plan to drive to/arrive at the Double Tree Berkeley Marina by 10AM and get on a shuttle to UC Berkeley Haas to begin the WE Launch festivities.
While we are still working out the details of the complete schedule, we anticipate the mandatory in-person WE Launch Weekend to conclude at approximately 3PM on Sunday July 23rd, 2023.
Students are REQUIRED to attend and participate in all sessions during the WE Launch weekend (July 21st – July 23rd) in order to commence the EWMBA Program.
Please expect to check in at the beginning of each day.
Two WE Launch sessions require pre-work, including the Awareness & Skills for Inclusive Leadership session and the Case Study Method workshop.
The pre-work will be available on the learning management system, bCourses in early July.
The EW Program has partnered with the DoubleTree Hotel at the Berkeley Marina and have pre arranged for shared rooms for our EW students at no cost to you.
All arrangements for the hotel stay has been managed by the EWMBA Program Office. There is no additional action or payment needed from you.
EW students are REQUIRED to stay at the hotel regardless of where you live. Staying at the hotel will give you opportunities to continue bonding with your classmates even after the official programming concludes.
When you arrive at the Double Tree Berkeley Marina before 10AM on Friday July 21st, you will be directed to a secure room to store your luggage.
You will be able to pick up your luggage and officially check in to the hotel that night after the sessions at Haas are complete (Approximately 9PM).
We will communicate with you as we get closer to the event with more information about the check-in process.
Early check-in is not available. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need special accommodations.
Students will check out of the hotel on Sunday July 23rd prior to the start of that day’s programming at Haas.
We will provide you all meals during the duration of the WE Launch weekend.
Please make sure to update your Student Preferences via the admissions portal to indicate any dietary restrictions.
We are excited to provide you with Berkeley Haas branded swag during the WE Launch weekend, including a Class of 2026 Berkeley Haas t-shirt! You will receive it during WE Launch Registration on Friday July 21.
Friday July 22: Business casual
Saturday July 23: Casual and comfortable attire. We recommend you bring layers as the temperature can shift throughout the day.
Sunday July 24: Casual and comfortable attire.
You will not need your laptop for any of the sessions throughout the weekend.
- A bag/backpack for the day
- Comfortable shoes
- Layers/light jacket
- Pen and paper
- Any pre-work notes
- Government issued ID (needed so we can release your Cal 1 Card to you)
We will be handing out Cal 1 Cards during WE Launch weekend for students who have submitted an approved photo by mid July (exact date TBD).
Please bring government issued ID in order to receive it, e.g. driver’s license, passport, ID card, etc.
The CalCentral due date for online photo submission is standardized to be “Matriculation + 7 days” for all graduate students and is intended to be the first prompt you receive to complete that step. Accordingly, the deadline will be different for students that have different / delayed matriculations.
Our internal deadline of mid July is the correct deadline for you as a Haas EWMBA student.
We have arranged for a secure room at the Double Tree Berkeley Marina for all students to drop off their luggage on Friday, July 21 before heading to Haas.
On Sunday, July 23, we will have a secure luggage room available at Haas. Staff and volunteers will direct you when you arrive at Haas.
Please come directly to the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina on Friday, July 21. Enter into the self-parking area of the hotel. Parking at the hotel will be included and you will use your hotel key card should you need to go in and out during your stay.
On Sunday, students will park on campus (Underhill Lot). The parking instructions for the day will depend on the transportation preference listed in the Student Preferences Form. More specific instructions will be shared closer to the event.
Transportation to Haas:
Friday, July 21:
A shuttle will take you from DoubleTree to Haas at 10AM.
Saturday, July 22:
A shuttle will take you from DoubleTree to Haas at 8AM.
Sunday, July 23:
Check out of the hotel prior to the first session at Haas. Use your room key to get out of the self-parking lot and drive to the designated parking lot, Underhill Lot (at Haste and College).
The parking instructions for the day will depend on the transportation preference listed in the Student Preferences Form. More specific information will follow as we get closer to the event.