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.

Please make sure to check your spam/junk folders for responses. We recommend adding "@admission.ucla.edu" as a safe sender to ensure you receive all of our communications.

To easily import these dates into your digital calendar, an iCalendar file is available for download. This is compatible with a large number of products including Google CalendarApple Calendar and more.

Fall Quarter 2024

March to May

We recommend adding "@admission.ucla.edu" as a safe sender to ensure you receive all of our communications. It is also recommended that you periodically check your spam/junk folders for responses and/or email communications from our office.

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 May 2, you will be able to access information about financial aid and scholarships awarded to you at UCLA, when it becomes available.

You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to view your Provisional Award Letter (PAL) information. Your PAL is not expected to be available until the end of April or early May due to FAFSA delays. Some scholarships may be reflected on your first PAL, while others may be offered on subsequent award notifications.

 

California residents can utilize the University of California Net Price Calculator to estimate costs and financial aid.

For more information, visit Newly Admitted Students Financial Aid Guidance.

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 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 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.

Please accept (or decline) your offer of admission.

For this year, the University of California announced that all nine of its undergraduate campuses will extend their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) deadline for first-year undergraduate students to May 15. UC campuses have made this decision for students and their families impacted by the current delays to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

View the Housing portal for more information.

The university uses email as the primary method to send critical information, so check email regularly.

When you accepted the offer of admission, you selected your official email address at UCLA, so that is the inbox where UCLA departments will send information.

If you selected the @ucla.edu email address you can read email at g.ucla.edu.

You also had the option of selecting your own email address such as @gmail.com or @icloud.com.

May to July

Bruin to Bruin sessions are designed for you to begin connecting with UCLA as a newly admitted Bruin. These interactive presentations provide an opportunity to learn critical academic and logistical information for making a smooth transition to UCLA, get your general questions answered, and begin building your community on campus.

Your Bruin to Bruin session will be hosted by a New Student Advisor (NSA) who will review the New Student Checklist’s important dates and deadlines, including placement exams, academic requirements, choosing classes, housing and parking deadlines, and much more.

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.

All incoming freshmen must demonstrate their proficiency with critical reading and analytical writing in English by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR).

The following scores on standardized tests satisfy ELWR:

  • Achieve a passing score on the UC Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE).
  • 30 or better on ACT English Language Arts; 63 or better on ACT English and ACT Reading.
  • 680 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the SAT.
  • 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in English (Language or Literature).
  • 5 or higher on an International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examination in English (Language A only) or 6 or higher on a Standard Level Examination in English (Language A only).
  • Complete a UC transferable college course in English composition with a grade of C or better before enrolling at UCLA.

Admitted students who have not satisfied ELWR by June 1 are required to take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) at UCLA.  

In order to have a placement for fall enrollment, you will need to take the AWPE at least 2 weeks prior to your New Student Orientation. Once you sign up, you will be emailed with dates and sign-up instructions. There is a fee of $167 for taking the AWPE. Students will be billed after they take it unless they have a fee waiver.

During Summer 2024, the AWPE test dates are: June 24, July 8, July 15, July 31, and August 15.

About 2–3 weeks after you take the AWPE, you can log in to see if you satisfied the ELWR using your UCLA Logon ID. Please go to your Degree Progress/Audit Report and look under "Entry Level Writing/ESL Requirement" to see which English Composition course you will start with. If you don't see a result, your New Student Advisor can advise you when you attend your New Student Orientation

Results of the AWPE won’t affect your admission to UCLA. The results will determine if you need to take a course that fulfills the Entry-Level Writing Requirement and which English Composition course you should enroll in.
 

The Pre-Session 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-Session Planner.

You are strongly encouraged to attend New Student Orientation as it is one of your first steps in becoming a UCLA Bruin. You’ll connect with other new students, learn about the campus and many of the services available to Bruins, meet with academic advisors, enroll in your first college classes and much more.

You’ll receive information soon after you submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Beginning May 28 at 3 p.m., you can sign up for a session. You’ll need your UCLA Logon ID to do so. You will receive a link to an online module called “Preparing for New Student Orientation” that you should complete before your orientation session.


If you’re unable to attend a session, you’ll need to contact New Student & Transition Programs so they can advise you on how to enroll and other critical matters. 
 

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

You should determine if you need to take the online Math Diagnostic Test (MDT) if you plan to enroll in one of the following classes:

  • Math 1 Pre-Calculus
  • Math 3A Calculus (for Life Science Students)
  • Math 31A Differential and Integral Calculus (for Physical Sciences Students) 
  • Math 31AL Differential and Integral Calculus Laboratory (for Physical Sciences Students)

Students should take the MDT by July 1 if any of these are true:

  • They do not have AP credit for Math 31A
  • They do not have transferred course credit from a community college or 4-year institution for Math 1, Math 3A, Math 31A, or Math 31AL. High school course credit cannot be used to waive these courses.
  • They are waiting for results from 2024 AP Calculus AB or BC exam

Check your Degree Progress/Audit Report on MyUCLA to confirm credit for AP test results or transferred courses.

Check the AP Credit Enrollment Information website to see if you are exempt from the MDT based on your AP exam score.

Check the UCLA Catalog to see if your major requires one of these courses.

The exam is available online beginning May 1. It must be completed July 1 so that your placement is available when you register for classes during New Student Session. 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 14A, Chemistry 14AE, Chemistry 17, Chemistry 20A or Chemistry 20AH during fall quarter. The exam is available online beginning May 1 and must be completed before July 1 so that 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.

Be sure to send us test scores (AP and IB). We strongly encourage students to send previous year's exams by July 15.

July to September

Take a moment to apply for parking.

Your New Student Advisor will review your records, discuss if you need to take any remaining placement exams (this may include foreign language exams), and they will provide you with contact information for the respective departments.

During New Student Orientation, you will 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 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

The financial aid disbursement will appear on your BruinBill.

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.

More information will be sent to students via email in mid-June.

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 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.

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

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