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Freshman Summer Success Program

Housed within the UCI Student Success Initiatives (SSI), the Freshman Summer Success ​Program (FSSP) is designed to provide incoming UCI students an opportunity to make the best ​possible academic and social transition into UCI. Students earn UCI credit and get a head start ​working towards their degree while meeting other new students, staff, and faculty.

What to Expect

Enrollment in 6-8 units during UCI’s Summer Session II (August 5-11)

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

Incoming freshmen have different pathways to choose from for students based on their eligibility and preferences. 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.

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!

 

FSSP Explore

FSSP International

Summer Bridge

Math in the Summer (MITS)

FSSP Explore

  • Students will enroll in Uni Studies 83 (2) and one elective course (4). The elective course must be in-person and must be selected from a pre-approved list.
  • Participants will have access to skill-building, networking, and social workshops. Attendance at SPOP 6 is encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Program Cost: $5,490

Requirements

  • Attend SPOP 6 (highly recommended but not required)
  • Reside on-campus during the duration of the program (quad occupancy)
  • All participants are required to reside on-campus during the duration of the program through September 12, 2024, with move-in taking place August 2nd or 3rd (TBD).

How to Enroll

  • Go to XXX website to register in your selected classes

Course Info

Uni Studies 83

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Sociology 1 (4 units; III and VII)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Biological Science 41 (4 units; II)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Philosophy 31 [Same as LPS 31] (4 units; II and Va)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

LPS 60 [Same as HIST 60] (4 units; II or IV)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Education 10 [Overlaps with SE 10] (4 units; III)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

FSSP International

  • Designed to help ease the transition from high school to college for international freshman students by providing an academic and social experience over the summer.
  • Deadline: International students will need to complete an I-20 and will need to enroll by June 10, 2024, 5 pm PT
  • Program Cost: $6,048

Requirements

  • Participants will enroll in Uni Studies 83/84 (4) and Political Science 21A (4) during Summer Session II and have access to skill-building, networking, and social workshops.
  • FSSP International students are required to reside on campus for the duration of the program.
  • Participants should plan to attend I-SPOP on September 18th & 19th.

How to Enroll

  • Go to XXX website to register in your selected classes

Course Info

Uni Studies 83

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Sociology 1 (4 units; III and VII)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Biological Science 41 (4 units; II)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Philosophy 31 [Same as LPS 31] (4 units; II and Va)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

LPS 60 [Same as HIST 60] (4 units; II or IV)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Education 10 [Overlaps with SE 10] (4 units; III)

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Summer Bridge Scholarship

  • Offered to students who are income-eligible and first-generation. The scholarship covers course/e-tech fees, program fees, and room/board for the duration of the program.
  • After summer, Summer Bridge Scholars participate in a year-long program that includes personal guidance, mentoring, workshops, and priority registration. Participants must apply to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Program Cost: $6,048 (covered by scholarship, if awarded)

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:
    • Low-income (as federally established and determined from your 2022-2023 FAFSA/ CA Dream Act)
    • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds/circumstances
  • Must be a:
    • California Resident (includes AB540/undocumented students; only means that you live in California)

Requirements

  • All Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients are required to reside on-campus (quad occupancy) from August 1, 2024 to September 12, 2024.
  • SPOP 6 is mandatory for Summer Bridge participants.
  • Meet with Peer Mentor at least once during the duration of the summer program
  • Meet with Personal Guide at least once during the duration of the summer program

How to Apply

Students can apply directly on their application portal.

Before applying, students will need to:

  • Prepare responses to the following questions: (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
    • Share how you believe your background/prior experiences might impact your experience at UCI
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Share about one of your hobbies or interests. What inspired you to pursue this hobby/interest while at UCI?
    • If you had a free day without homework or school, how would you spend it? Why?
  • Submit two FAFSA applications:
    • FAFSA/Dream Act 2023-2024*
    • FAFSA/Dream Act 2024-2025

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

Applications received after May 27, 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 28, 2024. Students who do not receive the scholarship may still be eligible for financial aid and can still enroll in FSSP-General.

Course Info

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

Sociology 1

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Uni Studies 84

  • Dates
  • Time
  • Location

Benefits

  • Personal Guidance
  • Item loans
  • Free scantrons/test books
  • Print Card

Learn more about the Summer Bridge Program at UCI through SSI and the year-long commitment and benefits.

Math in the Summer (MITS)

  • The Math In The Summer (MITS) Program 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.
  • Program Cost: $2,811

Eligibility

Math 1B (Pre-Calculus) 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 consider not 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 bpelayo@uci.edu.

Requirements

  • Attend SPOP 6
  • Enroll in Math 1B (4) and Uni Studies 83 (2)
  • Attend at least one Faculty Connections and at least one Collegiate Life event via zoom
  • 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 Apply

  • Go to XXX website to register in your selected classes

Course Info

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

Benefits

Students who choose to participate in the program 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 will regularly work and problem-solve with one another. Daily homework assignments during Weeks 1-5 will help ensure you get enough practice to feel comfortable with the material. After the week of instruction, students will return home and complete classes online, with about 40% of the class already completed.

  • 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, after SPOP, to get acquainted with campus and meet other students.

Compare at a Glance

FSSP ExploreFSSP International FSSP: Summer Bridge FSSP: MITS
Cost$5,319$6,048$6,048$2,811
Units 6 units8 units8 units6 units
ApplicationNoNo; I-20 Visa requiredYesYes
Financial Aid AvailableYesNoYesYes
Course DeliveryIn-personIn-personIn-personHybrid
Residential Stay6 weeks6 weeks6 weeks1 week
Housing AssignmentMiddle Earth Tower; QuadMiddle Earth Tower; QuadMiddle Earth Tower; QuadMiddle Earth Classics; Double
Peer Mentor/RA Assignment YesYesYesYes
Move-In Date August 2 or 3August 2 or 3August 1August 1
Move-Out Date September 12September 12September 12August 10

Quick Links

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Contact Us

Email: fssp@uci.edu

Phone: (949) 824-1142