UCI first-gen student takes a selfie with Peter the Anteater at a UCI First-Gen Week 2023 event.

Freshman Summer Success Program

The Freshman Summer Success Program (FSSP) is crafted to facilitate a seamless academic and social transition for incoming UCI students with four different pathways to meet students’ needs. This program offers students a unique opportunity to earn UCI credits, jump start their progress towards their degrees, and forge meaningful connections with peers, staff and faculty members. Moreover, participants will have exclusive access to tailored workshops aimed at fostering academic excellence and authentic relationships with faculty members.

What to Expect

Enrollment in 6-8 units during UCI’s Summer Session II (August 5-September11)

Social & community building with other students

Residential experience

Peer Mentor and Residential Advisor (RA) support

Take advantage of UCI’s summer scholarships and save money

Opportunity to boost your GPA before starting your academic journey

Become prepared for the academic rigor and expectations of being a college student in the university classroom

Collegiate Life Workshops

These skill-building workshops cover topics related to career exploration, resume writing, study skills, health and wellness, campus opportunities, graduate school, internships, and more.

Faculty Connections Events

These presentations by prominent UCI faculty will give you a “front-row seat” to the diverse academic paths and current research of UCI faculty. You will be able to ask them questions about their academic journeys, how they became interested in research, and why they do what they do.

Program Dates

Summer Pathways

Students may be eligible and/or choose to participate in different pathways during our Freshman Summer Success Program. The courses and programmatic offerings for all pathways will start and end at the same time. Please read each pathway description below to learn more about which one may fit your needs. Compare each pathway at a glance!

Students may only participate in one pathway this summer. Students can apply for a scholarship to both Summer Bridge and MITS but may not participate in both. FSSP Explore, FSSP International, and MITS applicants who apply by May 29th are eligible to receive a $1,200 Priority Scholarship.

Participation in SPOP 6 is required for FSSP Explore, MITS and Summer Bridge. FSSP International participants should plan to attend ISPOP on September 18-19.

 

FSSP Explore

FSSP International

Summer Bridge

Math in the Summer (MITS)

FSSP Explore

We extend a warm invitation to all incoming freshmen to participate in the FSSP Explore pathway. This initiative offers students a transformative experience, featuring enrollment in 6 units, a vibrant residential setting and engaging community-building activities.

Eligibility

  • Be an incoming first-year student
  • Be willing to commit to a residential experience from Aug. 3rd through Sept. 12th.

Requirements

  • Attend SPOP 6 
  • Attend mandatory FSSP Welcome on August 4th
  • Students will be enrolled in Uni Studies 83 and select a 4-unit elective from our curated list of course offerings. Please take a look at the courses for more information.  Top three course choices and grading options are to be submitted at time of registration. 
  • Reside on-campus during the duration of the program (quad occupancy) from August 1st through Sept. 12th
  • Attend at least two Faculty Connections and two Collegiate Life events.

How to Register

  • Registration Now Open: CLICK HERE
  • Registration deadline is June 9th. Registrants secure their spots on a rolling basis.
  • Students should submit a 2023-24 FAFSA to determine eligibility for additional financial assistance, including Pell Grants.

Course Info

UNIVERSITY STUDIES 83 (2 units)

  • Lecture – MW 4-6:50pm
  • Activity – MW 5-6:50pm
  • Location TBD

In addition to Uni Studies 83, FSSP Explore participants will need to select a 4-unit in-person course from a pre-approved list: CLICK HERE 

FSSP Explore participants may not exceed 6 units during Summer Session II. 

Benefits

  • Dedicated staff will be available to provide personalized support, ensuring a smooth academic transition.
  • Participants will benefit from skill-building, networking, and community-building workshops in collaboration with campus partners and esteemed faculty members.
  • This immersive 6-week residential program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the campus environment, forge lasting friendships, and prepare for the upcoming academic year.

Cost of Program

The program cost includes course/e-tech/program fees, a mandatory campus fee (non-refundable)* and room and board for the duration of the program from move-in through September 12, 2024. All participants will need to purchase USHIP or complete the USHIP waiver with comparable insurance. 

  • Program Cost: $5,849

Students who register by May 29th are eligible to receive a $1,200 Priority Scholarship. Additional aid may be available through completion of the FAFSA/DREAM Act Application 2023-2024.

Financial Aid is available through completion of the 2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act application.

FSSP International

Incoming first-year international students are cordially invited to participate in the FSSP International pathway, exclusively tailored to their unique needs. This initiative provides an enriching academic experience alongside fellow international and domestic students, fostering a supportive environment conducive to acclimating to UCI and building meaningful relationships with peers and faculty members.

Eligibility

  • Be an incoming first-year international student
  • Be willing to commit to a residential experience from Aug. 3rd – Sept. 12th

This pathway is not intended for international students who attended high school in the United States (These students are encouraged to consider the FSSP Explore pathway)

 

Requirements

  • Students will be enrolled in Uni Studies 84 and Political Science 21A
  • Reside on-campus during the duration of the program (quad occupancy) from August 3rd through Sept. 12th
  • Attend at least two Faculty Connections and two Collegiate Life events.
  • International students will need to submit a Confidential Financial Statement (CFA) to demonstrate proof of additional funding for the cost of the FSSP program
  • Students will need to submit their visa requirements no later than June 10th
  • Attend mandatory FSSP Welcome on August 4th

How to Register

  • Registration Now Open: CLICK HERE
  • Registration deadline is June 2nd. Applicants secure their spots on a rolling basis.
  • Students will need to submit their visa requirements no later than June 10th

Course Info

Students will enroll in Uni Studies 84, a 4-unit course designed specifically for international students

UNIVERSITY STUDIES 84 (4 units)

  • Lecture – MW 4-6:50pm
  • Activity – MW 5-6:50pm
  • Writing Lab – TuTh 10:30-11:50am
  • Location TBD
  • Writing support will be offered within the Uni Studies 84 course to aid students in honing their writing skills

 POLITICAL SCIENCE 21A: Intro to American Government (4 units)

  • Lecture – TuTh 1:00pm-3:50pm
  • Location TBD
  • Fulfills UC-American History and Institutions Requirement

FSSP International participants may not exceed 8 units during Summer Session II. 

Benefits

  • Writing support will be offered within the Uni Studies 84 course to aid students in honing their writing skills.
  • Participants will have access to a diverse array of skill-building, networking, and community-building workshops, meticulously curated in collaboration with esteemed campus partners and faculty members.
  • This immersive 6-week residential program offers an invaluable opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the campus culture, cultivate enduring friendships, and lay a strong foundation for the academic year ahead.

Cost of Program

The program cost includes course/e-tech/program fees, a mandatory campus fee (non-refundable)* and room and board for the duration of the program from move-in through September 12, 2024. All participants will need to purchase USHIP or complete the USHIP waiver with comparable insurance. 

  • Program Cost: $6,407

Students who register by May 29th are eligible to receive a $1,200 Priority Scholarship. 

 

Summer Bridge Scholarship

Tailored for first-generation and income-eligible students, Summer Bridge offers a personalized and immersive experience. This high-touch cohort program provides participants with dedicated mentors and SSI counselors, ensuring comprehensive support through their journey. Students will not only get to learn about vital campus resources but also forge lasting connections with peers and faculty members.

Eligibility

Incoming freshmen can apply to receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship to attend the Freshman Summer Success Program. Full and partial Summer Bridge Scholarships for FSSP are available to eligible students.

  • Must be a high school senior at the time of application to the Summer Bridge Program.
  • Students who meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply:
    • First-generation college student
    • Low-income (as federally established and determined from your 2023-2024 FAFSA/ CA Dream Act Application)
    • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds/circumstances
  • Must be a:
    • California Resident (includes AB540/undocumented students; only means that you live in California)

Requirements

  • SPOP 6 is mandatory for Summer Bridge participants (CHC participants in Summer Bridge will be exempt from SPOP 1/2 and should attend SPOP 6)
  • Attend mandatory FSSP Welcome on August 4th
  • Students will be enrolled in Uni Studies 84 and Sociology 1
  • All Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients are required to reside on-campus (quad occupancy) from August 1, 2024 to September 12, 2024.
  • Attend at least two Faculty Connections and two Collegiate Life events
  • Meet with your assigned Peer Mentor and Personal Guide at least once during the duration of the summer program
  • Attend all sessions under the Community Care Series 

How to Apply

Students can apply directly on their application portal. Application is now open!

Before applying, students will need to:

  • Prepare responses to the following question: (WORD MIN: 150; WORD MAX: 200)
    • Tell us why you are interested in participating in Summer Bridge and how you believe you participation will improve your overall experience at UCI

*FAFSA/Dream Act is required as Summer 2024 is part of the 2023-2024 academic year.

Applications received after June 2, 2024, 11:59 pm PT, will not be reviewed. In addition, INCOMPLETE applications will not be processed.

Students will be notified on or before June 23, 2024. Students who do not receive the scholarship may still be eligible for financial aid and may register for FSSP Explore or MITS.

Course Info

Summer Bridge Scholars will enroll in Sociology 1 and Uni Studies 84 during Summer Session II.

UNIVERSITY STUDIES 84 (4 units)

  • Lecture – MW 4-6:50pm
  • Activity – MW 5-6:50pm
  • Writing Lab – TuTh 10:30-11:50am
  • Location TBD

 SOCIOLOGY 1: Introduction to Sociology (4 units)

  • Lecture – TuTh 1:00pm-3:50pm
  • Location TBD
  • III and VII

 

Summer Bridge participants may not exceed 8 units during Summer Session II. 

Benefits

  • The Summer Bridge Scholarship covers room and board as well as course/e-tech/program fees. The mandatory campus fee of $190 is due at the time of enrollment but will be refunded to all students who receive a scholarship (full or partial). This scholarship does not cover parking or USHIP (health insurance).
  • Prospective participants must apply for this scholarship, which covers course fees and room and board expenses for the program’s duration.
  • Beyond the summer, Summer Bridge Scholars will seamlessly transition into a year-long program comprising individualized guidance, mentorship, enriching workshops, and priority registration.

Additional benefits include:

    • Item loan program (i.e. books, calculators, laptops)
    • One-on-one guidance
    • Access to LARC (tutoring) scholarships
    • Year-long continued support after the summer program

Cost of Program

The program cost includes course/e-tech/program fees, a mandatory campus fee (non-refundable)* and room and board for the duration of the program from August 1, 2024 to September 12, 2024. All participants will need to purchase USHIP or complete the USHIP waiver with comparable insurance. 

  • Program Cost: $6,407

Full and partial scholarships are available!

Applicants are required to complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act Application. Applications will not be processed without 2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act submission.

*Summer Bridge Scholars pay the $190 non-refundable campus fee upon acceptance of the Bridge Scholarship. This fee will be reimbursed to students as a final portion of the scholarship.

Math in the Summer (MITS)

The MITS Pathway (Math In The Summer) is designed for incoming students who are interested in taking their Pre-Calculus course (MATH 1B) in the summer while also having the opportunity to participate in a unique, one-week, campus immersion experience that provides participants the chance to prepare themselves for a successful academic career at UCI.

Students who participate in the pathway will have the opportunity to engage in an active learning classroom where the faculty expert, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning assistants provide instruction and support to students who regularly work and problem-solve with one another.

 After the week of instruction, students will return home and complete classes online, with about 40% of the class already completed.

Eligibility

  • Be an incoming first-year student
  • Be eligible to take Math 1B
  • Be willing to commit to a residential experience through Aug 10th (move-in date: August 1) and complete the remaining course remotely.

How do I know whether I should and can take Math 1B?

Math 1B (PreCalculus) is a prerequisite for our Calculus 1 course, which is required for most science and social science majors at UCI.  During Summer 2024, you can self-place into Math 1B.

You are a good candidate for Math 1B if:

  • You have completed an Algebra 2 course (or equivalent) with a strong grade OR
  • You have completed a high-school-level Pre-Calculus course with a B or C.

You should NOT consider taking Math 1B (and instead taking Calculus, Math 2A) if:

  • You obtained a strong score in your high school Pre-Calculus course OR
  • Have taken some high school Calculus OR
  • Have taken an AP Pre-Calculus course

If you are unsure, you can always take the Calculus placement test, which would allow you to place directly into Calculus 1 (Math 2A) with a high enough score.

Questions about placement can be directed to fssp@uci.edu 

Requirements

  • Attend SPOP 6
  • Attend mandatory FSSP Welcome on August 4th 
  • Students will be enrolled in Math 1B and Uni Studies 87  
  • Attend at least one Faculty Connection and one Collegiate Life event.
  • Reside on-campus (double occupancy) from August 1st through August. 10th; the remainder of the courses will be completed hybrid.
  • Technology Requirements:
    • Required: A laptop computer that can access standard websites like Canvas (our course management system) and Desmos. This computer should also have a camera and microphone conducive for virtual classes (after Week 1).
    • Recommended: A tablet with a writing device will be helpful for completing many of the assignments and helping you communicate mathematics with your classmates during the virtual portion of the class.

How to Register

  • Registration Now Open: CLICK HERE
  • Registration deadline is June 9th. Registrants secure their spots on a rolling basis.
  • Students should submit a 2023-24 FAFSA to determine eligibility for additional financial assistance, including Pell Grants.

Course Info

UNIVERSITY STUDIES 87 (2 units)

  • Asynchronous, remote

MATH 1B (4 units)

  • Week 1
    •  Monday-Friday (August 5th – August 9th)
    • 10 am – 12 pm, 1 -1:50 pm
    • In-person on the UCI campus
  • Weeks 2 – 6
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
    • 10 am – 12 pm
    • Synchronous online class (virtual attendance required)

Daily homework assignments during Weeks 1-6 will help ensure you get enough practice to feel comfortable with the material.

MITS participants may not exceed 6 units during Summer Session II. 

Benefits

  • Complete your math class before the fall and do so with focused support from a team of teaching and learning assistants.
  • Spend a week at UCI in the summer to get acquainted with campus and meet other students.
  • Become prepared for the academic rigor and expectations of being a college student in the university classroom.
  • Guarantee an early spot in MATH 1B (a waitlist typically exists for MATH 1B in the fall quarter)
  • Take advantage of UCI’s significant summer discounts and save money!

Cost of Program

The program cost includes course/e-tech/program fees, a mandatory campus fee (non-refundable)* and room and board for the duration of the program from move-in through August 10, 2024, 2024. All participants will need to purchase USHIP or complete the USHIP waiver with comparable insurance. 

  • Program Cost: $3,000

Students who register by May 29th are eligible to receive a $1,200 Priority Scholarship. 

All registrants will receive a $500 scholarship in addition to the Priority Scholarship. Additionally, those who complete a 2023-2024 FAFSA/Dream Act Application, may be eligible for more grant aid.

Financial Aid is available through completion of the 2023-2024 FAFSA/DREAM Act application.

Compare at a Glance

FSSP ExploreFSSP International FSSP: Summer Bridge FSSP: MITS
Cost$5,849$6,407$6,407$3,000
Units 6 units8 units8 units6 units
Application Deadline June 9June 2June 2June 9
Financial Aid AvailableYesNoYesYes
Priority Scholarship EligibleYesYesNoYes
Course DeliveryIn-personIn-personIn-personHybrid
Residential Stay6 weeks6 weeks6 weeks1 week
Housing AssignmentMiddle Earth Towers; QuadMiddle Earth Towers; QuadMiddle Earth Towers; QuadMiddle Earth Classics; Double
SPOP SPOP 6 RequiredISPOPSPOP 6 RequiredSPOP 6 Required
Move-In Date August 1August 3August 1August 1
Move-Out Date September 12September 12September 12August 10

FSSP Information Sessions

Want to learn more about FSSP? Students and their families are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the FSSP pathways.

Have Any Questions?

Visit the FAQ page to learn more about FSSP.

Contact Us

Instagram: ucifssp
Email: fssp@uci.edu
Phone: (949) 824-1142