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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017


Start Earning UCI Units

Take a maximum of two courses and earn up to 8 units of UCI credit. Start this August and get ahead to finish your degree in four years! Even if you are not taking courses for your major, you can still take courses that fulfill general education requirements. General education requirements are graduation requirements that each student must complete, and general education courses are often good choices for students just getting started at UCI.

Explore Campus Resources

Become familiar with the layout of campus and learn what resources are available. More importantly, you will learn how to use these resources before the fall rush. You’ll have exclusive early access and orientation to places like the Career Center, the Anteater Recreation Center, the Learning and Academic Resource Center, and more!

Become Involved in Research

By taking part in Freshman Edge, you will be introduced to the UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which assists undergraduates in ANY discipline to find research and creative on-campus opportunities with faculty or off-campus opportunities with industrial partners, national labs, and other universities. Through this collaboration, you will have the distinct advantage of understanding how to become involved in research opportunities at UCI before most freshman students even step foot on campus!

Gain Confidence & Make New Friends

Freshman Edge students have the unique opportunity to be part of a special group of incoming freshmen. Imagine having a community of friends before the school year even begins! With a smaller starting group, Freshman Edge students are able to form cohesive friendships that will last a lifetime!

Join in Extracurricular Activities

As a Freshman Edge student, you will be invited to exclusive extracurricular events such as the Summer Session Sunset Festival, sporting activities, movie nights, special dinners, house and community activities with the Freshman Edge Staff, academic preparation workshops, and much more (specific activities may vary)!

Specially Designed Workshops

Participate in specially designed workshops that cover areas such as time management, study skills, college composition, studying abroad, and career planning, designed to help you be successful at UCI.

International Students

As an international student, you will have the opportunity to be acculturated to your new American environment, and gain confidence and fluency using English in everyday living and in the UCI setting. You will have a special team of UCI staff members ready to help you transition to UCI and a group of like-minded students to help support you in your new surroundings. Special coursework in English reading and vocabulary, writing, and university transition topics will prepare you for your UCI fall classes.

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