Newly Admitted Students

Important Student Resources

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Welcome, Gauchos!

If you have recently been admitted to the UCSB College of Engineering, we congratulate you on this proud achievement and we’re glad you’ll be joining our community. Below are resources for preparing for fall quarter.

Accepting Your Offer of Admission

Once you have received official acceptance communications and you have decided to attend UCSB, the next step is to accept your offer of admission by submitting your Statement of Intent to Register


UCSB’s summer orientation will introduce you to the UCSB campus, important student services, and the academic expectations of the university level. Students who attend orientation will receive extensive academic advising, meet with staff and continuing students, and register for their fall quarter classes with staff assistance.  We highly recommend you plan to attend in-person summer orientation.  

Freshman Orientation

Register to attend freshman orientation here.  We highly recommend you plan to attend in-person summer orientation.  In addition to gaining valuable information about campus and College resources, you will register for your fall classes during orientation.  

If you are unable to attend freshman orientation we have created a series of presentations about the College of Engineering, graduation requirements, and registering for classes.  Please review these presentations in the order they are presented below.  

Presentation 1: Welcome

Presentation 2: College Policies and Campus Resources

Presentation 3: Academic Requirements, General Education

Presentation 4: Academic Requirements, Major Requirements

Presentation 5: Introduction to Student Systems (Umail, GOLD, and BARC)

Presentation 6: First Quarter Enrollment

We plan to host one or two online advising sessions in August 2017.  You must review the presentations above before attending an online advising session.  Please check back for more information and online advising dates.

Transfer Orientation

Information about and registration for transfer orientation is available here.  All transfer students should complete online orientation to learn about the campus and College.  Completion of online orientation will grant you early registration for courses.  We highly recommend you attend an in-person transfer orientation as well.  If you attend in-person transfer orientation, an academic advisor will provide you with a personalized study plan and course enrollment assistance.

Summer Preparation Opportunities


If you are seeking a head start on college, incoming freshman can participate in UCSB’s Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP). FSSP is an exciting summer term opportunity designed for admitted UCSB freshmen to start courses early and make a successful academic and social transition to UCSB. 

A note about community college courses:  If you wish to take summer courses closer to home at a California community college before starting your freshman year, or have taken classes in the past, visit assist.org to see how your courses will be credited at UCSB.  


Incoming students who wish to dive into a research experience prior to starting at UCSB in the fall can apply to participate in summer research programs hosted at UCSB or sister UC campuses. Please note that deadlines to apply to these programs are typically several months earlier during the winter.

  • SIMS – Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science: SIMS is a two-week intensive residential program for newly admitted UCSB freshmen. Students engage in preparation, professional development, educational presentations, and research projects. 
  • CAMP – California Alliance for Minority Participation: The CAMP summer research program provides a 10-week intensive research experience for eligible students interested in a career in science, engineering, technology or mathematics. CAMP participants work in a UCSB laboratory with a graduate student or postdoctoral research mentor, receiving one-on-one training and support for the research project.  
  • COSMOS – California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science: COSMOS is a four-week residential program for talented and motivated students completing grades either through twelve. Students work side-by-side with outstanding university researchers and faculty exploring advanced topics. 

Important Fall Events

UCSB Week of Welcome

UCSB’s Week of Welcome is an annual tradition welcoming new and returning students. It is held at the start of a new academic year, during the week before classes begin in fall quarter. The week's festivities include a series of workshops, presentations, physical activities and events designed to introduce you to the resources and services available for all students at UCSB. Become a part of the campus community while getting a glimpse of the campus culture and making new friends. 

Discover Engineering

UCSB Engineering’s Week of Welcome event just for new students is Discover Engineering, an afternoon to meet your fellow new students, talk to engineering student organizations, meet your advisors and career services staff, and learn about engineering programs like undergraduate research, study abroad, and the Honors Program. The Undergraduate Studies Office will invite new students when the date/time is set for Discover Engineering each year. Be sure to check our academic events calendar in the summer/fall.

UCSB Convocation

New Student Convocation for all new freshmen and transfer students takes place on the first day of the quarter. 

Academic Requirements Preparation

Entry Level Writing Requirement 

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. Please note: If you have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR), you must take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) on campus. + Details and sign-up at writing.ucsb.edu. 

Mathematics Placement

The Math Placement Exam (MPE) is required for all students who have not placed into a Math 2 or 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 AP/IB placement, the MPE, and the link to the test