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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017


By taking classes in the summer, incoming freshmen have the opportunity to transition into the expectations of college-level coursework and begin completing prerequisite major courses, as well as general education requirement courses before the year begins.

Academic Support

Smaller classes during Summer Session means more one-on-one time with instructors and teaching assistants. Students will also have the opportunity to attend Office Hours with instructors for more personal attention to questions. To ensure academic success, Freshman Edge students will have access to support from the UCI Learning and Academic Resource Center (LARC). Students will find many useful academic resources, including workshops and small-group academic assistance. Individual tutoring may also be available to students.


There are different academic offerings depending on the Freshman Edge pathway that you choose.

As a Freshman Edge student, you can take a maximum of two undergraduate courses in Summer Session II.

Enrollment in 6-8 units reflects a full course load in Summer Session.

Course 1 (required)

Enroll in one of the following courses:

  • Freshman Edge students enroll in the required course, University Studies 83: Pathways to University Success (2-units). This course is specially designed for Freshman Edge students and is only available to students enrolled in the program.
  • Freshman Edge International students enroll in University Studies 84: Bridges to University Success (4-units).
  • Summer Bridge students enroll in University Studies 84: Bridges to University Success (4-units).

Course 2

  • Most Freshman Edge students may choose to take an additional 4-unit course from the pre-approved course list for their school (see section below).
  • Freshman Edge International students are required to enroll in Academic English 22B: Reading and Vocabulary (2-units) as their second course.
  • Summer Bridge students are required to enroll in "The Making of Modern Science" as their second course, cross-listed as either Logic & Philosophy of Science 60 or History 60 (4-units) (counts for general education credit in category IV; approved course lists do not apply).

Course Description: UNI STU 83 and 84

The course is designed to help first-year students make a successful transition to the University of California, Irvine and develop strategies that will enhance their University experience. Through lectures, discussions, and course assignments and activities, students will learn about campus resources and programs that support students' transition and enhance their academic development, and will develop a personal action plan to guide their career at UCI.

This course meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:20pm.

The writing component of UNI STU 84 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30am to 11:50am.

Course Description: Logic & Philosophy of Science 60/History 60 - Summer Bridge Curriculum only

The Making of Modern Science examines developments in science and mathematics since the Scientific Revolution, and investigates their significance for contemporary philosophical debates about current scientific theories. (fulfills one GE IV course.)

This course meets for lecture Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:50pm. Discussions meet Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4 to 4:50pm.

Approved Course Lists

These course lists apply only to Freshman Edge and Freshman Edge International students.

Find your major and your approved course list in one of UCI’s 14 schools listed below:


Freshman Edge is for all new students who will be entering UCI as freshmen in Fall 2017. There are three pathways within Freshman Edge. Choose Your Path