Welcome new Freshmen for Fall 2013!
Check list for Freshmen
Take Care of the Basics
If you have never had a computer programming class, we encourage you to take one during the summer, either at your local community college or in UCSB Summer Sessions. Students will be required to take at least one computing class during their freshman year, and we have found that students who have had no programming experience have a difficult time in these classes. If you will be majoring in computer engineering or computer science, this is especially important, so if you are unable to take a class before you start, be sure to enroll in an introductory programming course your first quarter.
NOTE: If you have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) prior to September 22, 2013, you must take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on campus on Monday September 23 at 8am. For details see: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/academics/undergrad/awpe
All incoming freshmen at UCSB must satisfy the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement. This can be achieved by several means, including earning an acceptable score on AP exams or SAT tests, passing the UC systemwide Analytical Writing Placement exam (offered in May), passing campus writing placement exam offered the first week of Fall quarter, or taking an equivalent, transferable course at another college. Students who enter UCSB without having fulfilled this requirement must enroll in Writing 1 or 1E their first quarter at UCSB. Once students matriculate at UCSB, they may not fulfill this requirement by enrolling at another institution.
The Calculus Placement Test is required for all students who have not placed into a Math 3 series course through AP scores or transfer work. The test is available online, and admitted students can take the exam as soon as they activate their Umail account. Information about the exam and the link to the test is at: http://www.math.ucsb.edu/ugrad/placement.php.
Study guides can be purchased from the UCSB Bookstore, contact Cynthia.Ellestad [at] bookstore.ucsb.edu Cynthia Ellestad for more information.
If you are seeking a head-start on college, participate in FSSP. This exciting program offers an innovative summer term opportunity designed for admitted UCSB freshmen to get a head start on their courses and make a successful academic and social transition to UCSB. Freshman students who have been admitted for Fall are eligible to enroll in this program, financial aid is available for eligible students.
The Summer Orientation Program will introduce you to the UCSB campus, important student services, and the academic expectations of the university. Students who attend Orientation will receive extensive academic advising, meet with faculty, staff and continuing UCSB students, and register for their fall quarter classes with assistance from our staff.
College Courses During Summer
If you want to take a summer course closer to home before starting your freshman year, attend your local college. Go to ASSIST to see how California Community College courses will be credited at UCSB.
The SIMS program brings new UCSB freshmen interested in engineering and science to campus for the Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science, a 2-week science intensive residential program hosted by the California NanoSystems Institute. Application deadline: May 24, 2013.