Why be a summer bruin?

Who is an Incoming UCLA Student?

Summer fee assessment and policies vary by student types.

To qualify as an incoming UCLA student for summer enrollment purposes, you must meet the following requirements:

Why be a Summer Bruin?

4 out of 5 UCLA students will become a Summer Bruin at some point during their undergraduate career. Summer Sessions offers incoming new Bruins various ways to earn UCLA credit before their first fall quarter.

We encourage you to utilize Summer Sessions to catch up, get ahead, or explore during your undergraduate career at UCLA. It is important that you understand how specific courses will apply towards your intended degree. Please be sure to consult with your academic adviser before enrolling.

Academic Courses

Over 1000 UCLA courses typically offered during the academic year are available for you to take during the summer term. The First Year Summer Guide and the Transfer Summer Guide contains a list of courses available during the summer that may satisfy degree requirements. This guide is intended as a quick reference tool only, and we do not recommend that you enroll in the listed courses without consulting a department counselor or adviser.

To find out how being a Summer Bruin can help you gain a competitive edge:

  1. Contact New Student & Transition Programs and inquire if there are major preparation courses or degree requirements that you should consider taking before the fall quarter.
  2. Sign up for a New Student Orientation via MyUCLA . Please visit the New Student Orientation website for important sign-up information on fees, deadlines, the cancellation policy, and more.
  3. Review Information on Summer Sessions fees, enrollment policies and deadlines, financial aid, payment and refund policies, and more, available here on the Academic Courses for UCLA students page. When choosing a course to enroll, be sure that your course meetings do not conflict with your New Student Orientation session.

Freshman Summer Guide

Transfer Summer Guide

Academic Course Homepage

College Summer Institute (CSI)

College Summer Institute (CSI) is specifically designed for incoming first-year students seeking head-start advantages.

CSI participants will live on campus with fellow incoming students with similar objectives, creating life-long friendships and networks while taking courses that satisfy degree requirements.

All participants will complete a minimum of two courses, offered in smaller class settings providing more opportunities to interact with UCLA faculty than during the regular academic year.

In order to help new students transition smoothly to college, CSI students can enroll in UCLA's popular University Studies 10 or University Studies 20 at no additional cost.

University Studies 10: How to Succeed at UCLA is designed to help new students transition smoothly to college life. Students are introduced to UCLA’s campus culture, academics, structure, procedures, and academic policies as they begin their academic careers.

University Studies 20 How to Succeed at UCLA for International Students is designed to help first-year international students make successful transition to UCLA and to life as college students in U.S. Students are introduced to research on adjustment to life in U.S., as well as UCLA’s campus culture, academics, structure, procedures, and academic policies as they begin their academic careers.

College Summer Institute Homepage

Freshman Summer Program (FSP)

Freshman Summer Program (FSP) is a seven-week rigorous academic residential program open only to students who are in the Academic Advancement Program (AAP). The Academic Advancement Program serves members of the UCLA population who may be first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, and/or students from financially under-resourced high schools.

FSP students will enroll in three university courses that meet UCLA’s graduation requirements. You’ll receive close personal attention from professors, teaching assistants, counselors, and peer counselors, and you’ll work closely with peer learning facilitators in small groups or in one-on-one individual meetings.

Freshman Summer Program Homepage

Transfer Summer Program (TSP)

While participating in the Transfer Summer Program (TSP), you will gain even more confidence in your intellectual abilities before experiencing the pressures of your first full quarter of university academic work. You will become familiar with the whole range of campus programs, services, and resources available to you; and you’ll have the opportunity to live on campus together with TSP students of diverse backgrounds.

The Academic Advancement Program serves members of the UCLA population who may be first-generation students, underrepresented minorities, and/or students from financially under-resourced high schools.

Transfer Summer Program Homepage