New Student Checklist for Freshmen

Welcome, new Bruins! Make your transition from high school to college smoother by following this list of important dates and deadlines for freshmen entering UCLA.

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March to May

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You’ll need your UCLA ID Number from your admit letter. Your Logon ID and password will be your key for logging in to secure sites at UCLA. Activate your Logon ID.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California DREAM Act Application on or before March 2, you should now be able to access information about financial aid and scholarships awarded to you at UCLA. You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to View Your Provisional Award Letter (PAL) Information. Some scholarships may be reflected on your first PAL, while others may be offered on subsequent award notifications. This brief tutorial will help you understand your financial aid offer. 

For more information, contact Financial Aid and Scholarships.

You must review the provisions of your contract by visiting the MyApplication Status website as soon as possible. You must meet the conditions stated in the Admission Contract to maintain your admission status.
 
If, after reviewing the contract, you find that you won’t be able to meet one or more of the provisions (especially if any of the course information you reported to us has changed or you received poor grades), please immediately follow the steps for reporting changes.

Review the University of California’s immunization requirement before submitting your Statement of Intent to Register. You must complete the UC Immunization Requirement by October 1 or an academic hold may be placed on your account.

Learn more about completing these requirements before the deadline from the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center.

May to July

Bruin to Bruin sessions are your first opportunity to meet with UCLA students. Each session is designed to provide you with lots of information including New Student Orientation, upcoming dates and deadlines, placement exams, academic requirements, choosing classes, and much more. Your Bruin to Bruin session will be hosted by a New Student Advisor (NSA) who will go over important information you need prior to orientation, as well as answer your questions.

Your Bruin to Bruin session will be scheduled for 45 minutes. The first 15 minutes will be introductions and getting everyone situated. Once that is completed, you will be placed in a small group of 2-4 students and have a discussion that will last no more than 30 minutes. The day before your Bruin to Bruin session date, you will be emailed a Zoom link and password; please check your email for this information in order to enter your session.

You will be able to view all available sessions and register for your Bruin to Bruin session through MyUCLA.

Before the end of your last pre-UCLA class, report changes in your high school academic record or mailing address.

International students should review the I-20 and student visa process.

The Pre-Orientation Planner is a survey that will help us tailor our counseling at New Student Orientation to meet your needs. You must submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before you can access the survey, which you must complete in order to register for New Student Orientation.

Log in to the Pre-Orientation Planner.

 

You are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation. You’ll learn about the campus and many of the services available to Bruins, meet with academic advisors, enroll in your first-term classes and much more.

You’ll receive information on New Student Orientation soon after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Beginning June 1, 3:00 p.m. (PDT), you can sign up for a session. You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to do so.

If you’re unable to attend a New Student Orientation session, you’ll need to contact New Student & Transition Programs so they can advise you on how to enroll and other critical matters. You’ll also need to complete an online module for mandatory health education.

Contact Information
New Student & Transition Programs
Phone: (310) 206-6685
Email: newstudents@college.ucla.edu

 

All incoming freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR). Admitted students from California high schools who have not satisfied this requirement by April 1 must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE).

The test will take place on the morning of May 22, at testing centers throughout the state. In early April, students invited to take the exam will receive a letter with their assigned test location and exam fee. Please do not pay the exam fee online until you receive the test notification letter.

If you take the AWPE in May, you can log in to see if you satisfied the ELWR in mid-June using your UCLA Logon ID. If not, your counselor at New Student Orientation will advise you.

Students from outside California can take the AWPE on campus in the fall. Students in New Student Orientation sessions 109, 110 and 111 can take the exam during their orientation session.
 
Results of the AWPE won’t affect your admission to UCLA. Those who don’t pass the exam can still satisfy the ELWR before enrolling or during their first quarter at UCLA.

Before you attend orientation, apply for your UCLA BruinCard.

You must take the online Math Diagnostic Test if you plan to enroll in Math 1 (Pre-Calculus), Math 3A (Calculus for Life Science Students), Math 31A (Differential and Integral Calculus) or Math 31AL (Differential and Integral Calculus Laboratory). The exam is available online beginning May 1, 2021 and must be completed before July 1 so your placement recommendation is available when you register for classes during New Student Orientation. There is a $20 non-refundable charge since the test is operated by a third party – ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL).

You must take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Test if you plan to enroll in Chemistry 17, Chemistry 14A, Chemistry 14AE, Chemistry 20A or Chemistry 20AH during fall quarter. The exam is available online beginning May 1, 2021, and must be completed before July 1 so your placement recommendation is available when you register for classes during New Student Orientation. There is no charge for taking this examination and the results are advisory, not mandatory.

Look into enrolling in the College Summer Institute.

Fill out the housing application by the June 8 deadline. Also, review housing information.

Be sure to send us test scores (AP and IB).

Update regarding AP scores: students will not be penalized for the delay in receiving official scores from College Board for any 2021 exams. We strongly encourage students to send previous year's exams by July 15th for summer orientation purposes.

July to September

Take a moment to apply for parking.

Spend a moment taking the Freshman Student Survey. The survey will be available July 1.
 

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The various schools/colleges within UCLA have different foreign language requirements. You have already fulfilled your requirement, but if not, you may take a foreign language placement exam. Your advisor at New Student Orientation will go over this with you.

If you don’t attend New Student Orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to address these questions by attending a New Student Workshop in September.

Music Theory Placement Exam

All School of Music majors must take the Music Theory and Musicianship placement exams. You will receive an email with instruction on how to take it.

 

During orientation, you must register for your fall quarter classes.

The UCLA Degree Audit evaluates your progress toward meeting graduation requirements in your major. It’s a critical tool for selecting classes and plotting your academic course. It will be explained in-depth at New Student Orientation. After that, you can create your own audit by logging in to MyUCLA with your UCLA Logon ID.

If you have taken UCLA-transferable college courses while in high school, submit your official transcripts for this work as soon as possible. Depending on how early we receive the transcripts, credit for this work may be reflected on your audit at New Student Orientation.

September to November

Participate in True Bruin Welcome Week, September 19 - October 3, 2021. 
 

All incoming students must go through a mandatory education program that covers topics including alcohol use, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. The requirement includes an online module and a live presentation. 

Students attending New Student Orientation will satisfy the requirement through in-person programming. Students who don’t attend New Student Orientation will have the opportunity to attend a make-up session in the fall. 

More information will be sent to students via email in mid-June, along with a link to the online module, “Think About It.”

You must review the University of California’s immunization requirements before you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). You must complete the requirement by October 1 or an academic hold may be placed on your account.

Learn more about completing these requirements before the deadline from the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center.

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