Summer PreCore Program 2020

Haas transfer class of 2021 during their new admit welcome event in 2019

The Summer PreCore Program is designed specifically to help newly admitted transfer students strengthen their skills to transition successfully into the Haas School of Business. Although this program is not mandatory, we highly encourage students to consider this program as an opportunity to become better prepared to take on the academic rigor of Haas.

The program consists of two 3-unit courses during Session D of UC Berkeley Summer Session (July 6-August 14). Students that choose to participate are required to complete both courses for a letter grade, which will count towards their required 38 upper division business units. Seats are limited and enrollment is on a first come first served basis. Enrollment is strictly limited to newly admitted transfer students to the Haas School of Business.

In addition to preparing students academically, this program also offers weekly workshops with guest speakers on a variety of topics. Some workshop topics that have taken place in past programs include:

Academic Planning and Enrollment Registration Tips
Resume and Interview Preparation for Recruitment
Accessing Alumni Benefits
Apart from the academic courses and workshops offered, the Summer PreCore Program serves as an excellent way to enhance public speaking and excel skills, access early networking opportunities, get an early start on receiving a Berkeley GPA, build community with fellow newly admitted transfer students, become familiar with the UC Berkeley campus, and feel confident and prepared on your first day of Fall semester.

Course Descriptions

UGBA 196; Special Topics in Business Administration: Professional Communications Practicum (3 units) with Ryan Sloan, Professional Faculty
How’s that internship resume and cover letter — and the ability to present yourself effectively? Do you feel confident when speaking, whether it’s an interview, an info session or an elevator ride with the CEO? When you analyze business cases, are you building the strongest argument? How do you collaborate while still developing leadership? We’re going to prepare you for success in the fall with professional writing and speaking strategies. We’ll invite guest speakers like Haas seniors and Career Center counselors, leverage dynamic new technologies, learn through extensive role-playing and experiential projects — and bond as a diverse new cohort.

UGBA 196; Special Topics in Business Administration: Quantitative Skills for Business (3 units) with Todd Fitch, Professional Faculty
Quantitative skills a bit rusty? How about your Excel skills?  Can you explain the difference between mean and median? Do you understand the time value of money? Can you take the partial derivative with respect to x of 3xy2? Did the previous sentences sound like Greek and leave you scratching your head? Do word problems leave you tongue-tied?  If so, you need to take this class. We’ll be covering the quantitative skills you need to succeed in your undergraduate business classes. The course will be a mix of traditional instruction and team-based, in-class problem-solving and analysis of real-world problems requiring application of the quantitative techniques you’re learning.

For any questions regarding the PreCore curriculum, please contact the PreCore Program Coordinator, Karren Bautista Tanisaki, at


Students that choose to enroll in the Summer PreCore Program must first accept the UC Berkeley offer of admission. Once the offer is accepted, students must register for Transfer Edge. Please visit the Transfer Edge website for more information about any updates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next, you will need to enroll in the following two lectures. Both classes need to be taken for Letter Grade ONLY. It will be coded GRD as the grading option:

1.) UGBA 196 Special Topics, Class # 10027
2.) UGBA 196 Special Topics, Class # 10028

The deadline for enrollment into the program is Friday, June 12 at 11:59 PM PST.

Please note that we will update this website with enrollment information until the beginning of PreCore. Please reach out to with any questions regarding enrollment.

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than June 1, 2020, and include UC Berkeley’s federal school code (001312) on the applications. Dream Act students should complete both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 California Dream Act Application no later than June 1, 2020 and include UC Berkeley’s federal school code (001312) on the applications.

Note: We strongly encourage families to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to ensure the accuracy of your application information. Please visit Financial Aid for more information.

Summer Housing

Please review the Housing tab on the Transfer Edge website, under the Housing tab, for a robust description of summer housing options. However, Summer housing is offered through Summer Sessions Housing, not through the Transfer Edge program. Please refer all questions regarding housing to Summer Sessions Housing.

Please review the general UC Berkeley Housing website to learn more about housing options on campus. You can also review the FAQ’s about applying for Summer Housing as a Transfer student.

Alternatively, undergraduate students can also seek off-campus housing at nearby Mills College. Please note this housing option is for self-identified women only.

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