Student Orientation

Welcome to Pacific School of Religion and a new phase of your academic and spiritual journey! As Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care, I am pleased to assist you in your transition to PSR.

So that you will take full advantage of your experience in Berkeley we have compiled a guide to compliment the many other resources that exist about this and the surrounding communities.

The information presented in the arrival guide is a compilation of the most frequently-asked questions that new students have when they first arrive at the Pacific School of Religion, including the Orientation Schedule. Internet links are conveniently included as a reference for each section. 

When you arrive on campus, we will also provide you with a comprehensive Orientation program that will prepare you for a successful study at the Pacific School of Religion. Orientation is a requirement. 

Orientation Recordings & Documents


New Student Academics Orientation Online
Registration, payment, financial aid, health insurance, advising, and more
view here

Meet the Faculty  
(in five 15 minute segments)

Excerpt from Field Education/Immersive Learning Student Presentations

This is a 15 minute excerpt of two students' presentations addresing what their field education, immersive learning, and PSR in general is all about. Students are Marvin White & Kerri Meyer.  Not featured is 3rd student, Valerie Purnell.

Financial Aid
(in five 15 minute segments)
Nina Galvan, Ruben Cortez, Nicole Naffaa


Recommendations from Rev. Bruce Reyes Chow:

Our President, David Vasquez-Levy has also shared a resource with us from the Onward Project which highlights stories of many immigrants and their families – please select one or two to watch as well.

Academic Reading for Meaning with Dr. Shan McSpadden

Closing Worship with Dr. Sharon Fennema

FallGuide2015_Final.pdf2.99 MB
PSR Fall 2015 Orientation Schedule 8 20 15.pdf532.9 KB
Self-CareSpiritualPracticesInventory-2015.pdf71.86 KB
Self-CareSpiritualPracticesReflectionQuestions-2015.pdf72.18 KB