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Academic Advising Over the Summer

Course Recommendations - Before enrolling in fall courses, go to the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) at vac.ucsd.edu to view your Course Recommendations.

Enrollment Webinar - Watch the How to Enroll webinar presented by Seventh College Academic Advisors.

Online Advising - Use the Ask a Question feature in the VAC to submit any academic questions you may have.

Advising Resources for New Students

Enrolling in Summer Courses Prior to Starting at UC San Diego

If you decide to complete summer courses prior to starting at UC San Diego, it is your responsibility to avoid enrolling in courses for which you will receive credit through Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and/or community college coursework.

We have provided the following tips to help you choose summer courses wisely.

Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR)

If you have not met the ELWR, complete a UC transferable English Composition course at a community college prior to the start of Fall Quarter.

  • Visit assist.org and go to the Transfer Information box
  • For “Institution” select “University of California, San Diego”
  • For “Agreements with Other Institutions” select the community college you plan to attend
  • Scroll past “View Agreements” to the “Transferable Courses at” section
  • Select “UC Transfer Admission Eligibility Courses” and click “View Transferability Lists”
  • For “View Transferable Course by:” select “UC Transfer Admissions Eligibility Area”
  • Select “UC-E English Composition” and click “View Course List”
  • Scroll down to “Area UC-E English Composition” to see the courses that will clear your ELWR

General Education

Select courses that will fulfill General Education requirements.

  • Review the AP Chart to determine which requirements you will satisfy with your AP exam scores
  • Review the IB Chart to determine which requirements you will satisfy with your IB exam scores
  • Go to Degree Requirements and scroll down to Alternatives to see lists of approved courses

Use assist.org to find equivalent courses at the community college you plan to attend.

  • Visit assist.org and go to the Transfer Information box
  • For “Institution” select “University of California, San Diego”
  • For “Agreements with Other Institutions” select the community college you plan to attend
  • Click “View Agreements”
  • For “View Agreement by:” select “Department”
  • Select department of interest and click the “View Agreement” box at the right of the screen to see UC transferable courses

Major Requirements

Visit the department/program website and contact your department/program advisor for help with selecting transfer courses that will fulfill major requirements.

After completion of summer coursework, send an official transcript to Admissions:

UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
MC 0021
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021

Please allow 10-12 weeks for Admissions to evaluate your transcripts and post credits to your Academic History on MyTritonLink.