Freshman New Student Checklist

Fall Quarter 2020

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.

Step 1 (March to May): Accept Admission, apply for Honors and Housing

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

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.

View Your Provisional Award Letter (PAL) Information. You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to do so. This brief tutorial will help you understand your offer.

Scholarships

On the UC Application: If you applied for any scholarships listed in the UC Application, Financial Aid and Scholarships will notify you of your eligibility. Some scholarships may be reflected on your PAL while others may be offered at a later date if you accept admission to UCLA.

Other scholarships: For information on other scholarships available to you as a UCLA student, please visit Alumni Association Scholarships, Financial Aid and Scholarships and Scholarship Resource Center.

For more information, contact Financial Aid and Scholarships.

You must meet the conditions stated in the Admission Contract before your admission becomes official.

A copy of your Admission Contract was included with your letter of admission. You can also view your contract on the Decision Site.
 
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.

You must review the University of California’s immunization requirement before submitting your Statement of Intent to Register. If you do not complete the requirement, 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.

 

The UCLA Honors Program is offered through the UCLA College. Although the other schools (Engineering; Arts and Architecture; Music; Nursing; and Theater, Film and Television) don’t currently offer a formal honors component, students in these schools can take honors courses offered through the College.

How to apply

Get housing information and the application.

Housing application deadlines:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Winter: First come, first served; based on space availability
  • Spring: First come, first served; based on space availability

Late applicants will be on a lottery wait list and offered housing based on availability. For more information, go to Ask Housing.

Step 2 (May to July): Plan for New Student Orientation, supply needed information

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 better meet your personal needs. You must submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before you can access the Pre-Orientation Planner survey, and you must complete the survey in order to register for New Student Orientation.

Log in to the Pre-Orientation Planner

You are strongly encouraged to attend UCLA 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 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. PDT, you can sign up for a session. You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to do so.

Orientation Signup

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, 2020, must take the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE).
 
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.

Math Diagnostic Test

If you plan to enroll in Math 1 – Pre-Calculus, Math 3A – Calculus for Life Science Students, Math 31A – Calculus and Analytical Geometry, or Math 31AL – Differential and Integral Calculus Laboratory, you must take the online Math Diagnostic Test.

Students should take the Math Diagnostic Test under the following conditions:

  • Students who do not have AP credit or other course credit for Math 1, Math 31A, Math 31A, or Math 3AL
  • Students who are waiting for UCLA to receive their AP test scores or other course credit
  • Students who have AP credit or other course credit for any of these courses, but wish to repeat course(s) at UCLA
    (please note that repeating the course means no grade or unit credit and a permanent transcript notation)

If you plan to take the exam, it’s available online beginning May 1, 2020. Please complete the exam before July 1, 2020, so your placement is available in time for New Student Orientation and you can enroll in the appropriate course. There is a $20 non-refundable charge since the test is operated by a third party — ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL).

Chemistry Diagnostic Test

If you plan to enroll in Chemistry 17, Chemistry 14A, Chemistry 14AE, Chemistry 20A or Chemistry 20AH during the Fall 2020 Quarter you must take the online Chemistry Diagnostic Test.

The exam will be available online beginning May 1, 2020. Please complete the exam before July 1, 2020 so that your placement recommendation will be available at New Student Orientation, thus allowing you to enroll in the appropriate course. There is no charge for taking this examination and the results are advisory, not mandatory.

Look into enrolling in the College Summer Institute.

Step 3 (July to September): Attend New Student Orientation, enroll in classes

Take a moment to apply for parking.

You must enroll in or waive UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP)

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The various schools/colleges within UCLA have different requirements for Foreign Language, and it’s possible that you have already fulfilled your requirement. 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 if you attend a New Student Workshop offered in September.

Music Theory Placement Exam

Students admitted to the Ethnomusicology, Music or Musicology majors must take the Music Theory Placement Exam. This exam is offered during first-year New Student Orientation sessions.

The UCLA Degree Audit evaluates your progress toward meeting UCLA graduation requirements in your major. It’s a critical tool you’ll use to select classes and plot your academic course. Your Degree Audit will be explained more thoroughly 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, you should submit 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.

Step 4 (September to November): Prepare for classes

Participate in True Bruin Welcome Week.

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

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 requirement before you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). 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 in advance of the deadline from the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center.

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