Since its founding in 1977, NCB has served undergraduates, graduate students, and lifelong learners with wide-ranging courses, conferences, seminars, lectures and retreats aimed at renewing minds, deepening faith, and shaping vocation. 

Our Mission

New College Berkeley, a long-standing center for Christian studies, bears the motto: “Let Us Walk in Newness of Life.” Since its founding in 1977, New College Berkeley has served undergraduates, graduate students, and life-time learners with wide-ranging courses, conferences, seminars, lectures, and retreats aimed at renewing minds, deepening faith, and shaping vocation.

Expanding a mission focused on the relevance of biblical faith for all Christians, in 1992 NCB became an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, an interfaith consortium of nine seminaries and eleven affiliates associated with the University of California at Berkeley. NCB contributes academic courses, spiritual formation programs, and public forums to this distinguished theological consortium and university community. 

At NCB we encourage an integration of faith with academic disciplines and the cultivation of Christian vocation within secular studies and professional engagement. Committed to the “priesthood of all believers,” we find our programs and community life enriched by the participation of university students, seminarians, and Christians from Bay Area churches.

In response to the spiritual depletion many Christians experience in our time-pressed, work- driven culture, New College Berkeley has expanded its spiritual formation programs since 2000. We now offer spiritual direction and regular retreat opportunities, along with programs integrating Christian faith with fields such as literature, psychology, social issues, science, and biblical studies. It is a privilege to be part of the exceptional intellectual culture of Berkeley, fortifying the faith and vocations of students who will be influencing the church and the world.


Preparing the whole people of God for active ministry in all the settings in which God has placed them.