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Advising Information for New First-Year Students

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Academic Advising Over the Summer

Enrollment Guidance - Starting August 10, go to the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) at vac.ucsd.edu and review Enrollment Guidance.

Enrollment Webinar - Seventh College Academic Advisors provided information on how to enroll in courses. If you were not able to attend one of the live sessions, you are encouraged to watch the recording and/or review the PDF:

Online Advising - Starting August 11, Seventh College Academic Advisors will be available to answer academic questions via "Ask a Question" in the Virtual Advising Center.

Fall Quarter Schedule Checks - Seventh College Academic Advisors will check every incoming student's schedule and reach out to anyone with fewer than 12 units and/or other enrollment issues.

Academic Advising Orientation Sessions - Seventh College Academic Advising will meet with all incoming students in small groups during Orientation, scheduled for the week of September 12.

Advising Resources for New First-Year 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 “Search below for transferable courses box” on the right side of the screen
  • Select “Academic Year” 
  • For “Community College” select the community college you plan to attend
  • Select “UC Transfer Admission Eligibility Courses” and click “View Transferability Lists”
  • For “View Transferable Course by:” select “UC Transfer Eligibility Area”
  • Select “UC-E - English Composition” to see a list of 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 “Search below for articulation agreements” box
  • Select “Academic Year”
  • For “Institution” select “University of California, San Diego”
  • For “Agreements with Other Institutions” select the community college you plan to attend and 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.