Freshman Edge – Enrollment

How to Enroll

Freshman Edge enrollment will open in late April 2021.
Step 1 - Submit your Statement of Intent to Register

Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st. You must be an admitted UCI student planning to attend UCI.

Step 2 - Select Your Pathway

Review the program pathways and academic courses below to ensure you understand what courses you will be taking during your Freshman Edge experience.

Step 3 - Review Important Dates

Deadlines for enrollment and scholarship applications are strict at the University level. Please ensure you have adequate time to complete enrollment requirements and ask any questions you may have.

Step 4 - Financial Aid (optional)

Financial Aid is available for students enrolling in summer courses for 2021. Read more about Financial Aid for Freshman Edge below under “Course and Program Fees.”

Step 5 - Program Liability Waiver

Before accessing our online enrollment form for Freshman Edge, complete the program Waiver of Liability. You will need to submit a copy as part of your online enrollment in Step 6.

The program waiver will be made available when registration opens in April 2021.

Step 6 - Enroll!

Freshman Edge
The deadline for enrollment is July 14.
Submit your enrollment through the Online Enrollment Form . If you are unable to enroll with your UCInetID, please use the Alternate Login option to create an account.

Freshman Edge International
The deadline for students participating in Edge from their home country will be July 14.
Students required a new I-20 and F-1 visa should immediately consult UCI Admission and the UCI International Center for more support Students requiring a visa for student in the United States must enroll in Edge by June 9.

Summer Bridge
Submit your Summer Bridge Application online here. The application deadline is May 24, 2021. Students who are awarded a scholarship will be sent instructions on how and when to enroll in Freshman Edge using their scholarship award. Visit the Summer Bridge Application as soon as possible to review the application process which has additional steps.

Step 7: Register for New Student Orientation

All incoming Freshman are required to attend SPOP. UCI Orientation will announce the platform, delivery method, cost, and schedule in May 2021. Our team will work to ensure your scheduled SPOP does not conflict with your participation in Edge. For more information, please visit: Home | UCI Orientation | UCI.

Step 8 - Health Insurance

USHIP Health Insurance

2021 UC provided health insurance options are currently under review by UCOP.

Program Pathways

There are three pathways in Freshman Edge. View information about each below
to determine which pathway you are eligible for and is right for you!
Freshman Edge

Eligibility

All new freshmen with a U.S. High School Diploma.

If you are a U.S. student entering UCI in fall 2021, then the Freshman Edge pathway is likely your best fit! You will be part of a small, highly-motivated group of incoming students, and will have an opportunity to become familiar with the academic rigor and social scene of UCI under ideal conditions of maximum opportunity and support.

 

Freshman Edge International

Eligibility

All international students entering UCI in fall 2021.

If you are an incoming international undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine, you are invited to take part in Freshman Edge International, an opportunity that will provide you with a rich linguistic, academic, social, and personal foundation for the next four years. The program is designed to support the unique needs of students new to the United States as well as to provide the opportunity to build relationships with all of their UCI peers.

Visa Considerations

If you need an F-1 visa to study at UC Irvine, your I-20 documentation will be processed by the UCI International Center. The start date of your I-20 can be changed to your summer start date once your Freshman Edge International enrollment form and payment are received and processed by our office. Follow the instructions given in your UCI Admissions correspondence. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary steps to obtain a visa with UC Irvine.

Summer Bridge

Eligibility

Students who meet at least one of the criteria below are eligible to apply:

  1. Income eligible (as federally established and determined from your 2020-2021 FAFSA or 2020-2021 CA Dream Act)
  2. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds/circumstances

UCI Student Success Initiatives (SSI) also offers a limited number of Summer Bridge Scholarships to eligible students for a version of the Freshman Edge program that is supplemented with additional support services requires year long participation. Summer Bridge is a 6 week academic and residential pathway offered under the umbrella of the Freshman Edge Program.

Mandatory Campus Fee

Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants must submit payment for the non-refundable mandatory campus fee on their Summer Bridge enrollment form upon acceptance of the scholarship to hold their space in the program and courses. Remaining fees and expenses will be funded by the Summer Bridge Scholarship, based on student financial need. Upon completion of Summer Bridge, the mandatory campus fee will be reimbursed to students as a final portion of the scholarship.

 

Academic Courses by Pathway

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

Freshman Edge

  1. Course: University Studies 83 (2 units)
  2. Course: Choose a pre-approved course for your major.
Freshman Edge International

  1. Course: University Studies 84 (4 units)
  2. Course: Academic English 22B (2 units)
Summer Bridge Scholars

  1. Course: University Studies 84 (4 units)
  2. Course: LPS/HIS 60 (4 units)

University Studies 83 & 84 (All pathways)

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.

Academic English 22B: Reading and Vocabulary (International pathway only)

You will learn to speak and understand English with more confidence through extensive reading and discussion with emphasis on journal articles, textbook chapters, note-taking, and the interpretation of charts, diagrams, tables, and figures. Pass/Not Pass only.

This course meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00pm to 2:50pm.

Logic & Philosophy of Science 60/History 60 (Summer Bridge pathway 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00pm to 3:50pm. The discussion section for this course meets Tuesdays or Thursdays from 4:00pm to 4:50pm.

Important Dates

For students enrolling in Freshman Edge, the dates below will guide you through the dates and tasks associated with registering for the Freshman Edge Program. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Important Item Date
First Day to Enroll in Freshman Edge April 21, 2021
Freshman Edge Info Sessions

Freshman Edge Info Session

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21st at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm PT. Sign up on conduit (celebrate UCI).

SUMMER BRIDGE Application Deadline May 24, 2021

Summer Bridge applicants:

Final date to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or 2020-2021 CA Dream Act Application*.

*Note: the 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Act is different from the 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act that you may have already completed for fall, winter, spring aid. Be sure to submit both 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act.

May 24, 2021
FRESHMAN EDGE INTERNATIONAL Enrollment Form Deadline

June 9 for students requiring an I-20

July 14 for students participating from their home country

Freshman Edge ONLY:

Final dates to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA* and UCI My Aid Summer Financial Aid Application (available in late May) for consideration for summer financial aid.

*Note: the 2020-2021 FAFSA is different from the 2021-2022 FAFSA that you may have already completed for fall, winter, spring aid. Be sure to submit this new FAFSA.

FAFSA: June 30**

UCI My Aid: June 15 to be considered for grants

**It is recommended that you complete your FAFSA by May 31 to ensure your record can be successfully submitted.

FRESHMAN EDGE HOUSING Enrollment Deadline N/A
FRESHMAN EDGE Enrollment Deadline July 14, 2021
Freshman Edge/Bridge SPOP TBD
Freshman Edge Kick-off/Orientation July 31-August 1
First day of class instruction

August 2*

*Some classes may also begin on August 3 or 4. Check your class schedule.

Last day to drop a course or change grade option without approval August 6
Last day to apply for a refund of course fees (mandatory campus fee and course materials fees are non-refundable) August 13
Absolute deadline for any course changes August 20
Federal holiday (No classes) September 6
Final Exams September 7-8
Grades Available September 16
Fall Quarter begins September 20

Important Dates

For students enrolling in Freshman Edge, the dates below will guide you through the dates and tasks associated with registering for the Freshman Edge Program. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Important Item Date
First Day to Enroll in Freshman Edge April 21, 2021
Freshman Edge Info Sessions

Freshman Edge Info Session

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 21st at 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm PT. Sign up on conduit (celebrate UCI).

SUMMER BRIDGE Application Deadline May 24, 2021

Summer Bridge applicants:

Final date to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA or 2020-2021 CA Dream Act Application*.

*Note: the 2020-2021 FAFSA or CA Dream Act is different from the 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act that you may have already completed for fall, winter, spring aid. Be sure to submit both 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 FAFSA or CA Dream Act.

May 24, 2021
FRESHMAN EDGE INTERNATIONAL Enrollment Form Deadline

June 9 for students requiring an I-20

July 14 for students participating from their home country

Freshman Edge ONLY:

Final dates to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA* and UCI My Aid Summer Financial Aid Application (available in late May) for consideration for summer financial aid.

*Note: the 2020-2021 FAFSA is different from the 2021-2022 FAFSA that you may have already completed for fall, winter, spring aid. Be sure to submit this new FAFSA.

FAFSA: June 30**

UCI My Aid: June 15 to be considered for grants

**It is recommended that you complete your FAFSA by May 31 to ensure your record can be successfully submitted.

FRESHMAN EDGE HOUSING Enrollment Deadline N/A
FRESHMAN EDGE Enrollment Deadline July 14, 2021
Freshman Edge/Bridge SPOP TBD
Freshman Edge Kick-off/Orientation July 31-August 1
First day of class instruction

August 2*

*Some classes may also begin on August 3 or 4. Check your class schedule.

Last day to drop a course or change grade option without approval August 6
Last day to apply for a refund of course fees (mandatory campus fee and course materials fees are non-refundable) August 13
Absolute deadline for any course changes August 20
Federal holiday (No classes) September 6
Final Exams September 7-8
Grades Available September 16
Fall Quarter begins September 20

Course & Program Fees

Fees are determined, assessed and processed by the Division of Summer Session. Below, you can view the fees associated with your desired program pathyway.

Freshman Edge
The following is a list of fees for the 2021 Freshman Edge program.

2-Unit Course Load 6-Unit Course Load 8-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($279/unit)* $558 $1,674 $2,232
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $184 $184 $184
Total $742 $1,858 $2,416
*Additional course materials fees (non-refundable) may apply depending on your chosen course. The $279 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Session II course fees are refundable up until August 13th, 2021 with the instructor’s signature.

The $184 mandatory campus fee and applicable course materials fees are non-refundable. Session II courses may be dropped by the deadlines noted above. Drop dates with or without instructor approval for a refund are set by UCI Summer Session. 

Financial Aid:

If you are applying for summer financial aid, once you have accepted your aid award after enrolling in Freshman Edge any aid distributed to you will automatically count towards your account balance. Any remaining fees, if any, will be requested from you at that time.

 

Click here for Financial Aid steps during Freshman Edge/Summer Session.

Freshman Edge International

The following is a list of fees for the 2021 Freshman Edge International program.

  6-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($279/unit)* $1,674
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $184
Estimated Total $1,858

*Additional course materials fees (non-refundable) may apply depending on your chosen course. The $279 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Session II course fees are refundable up until August 13th, 2021 with the instructor’s signature.

The $184 mandatory campus fee and applicable course materials fees are non-refundable. Session II courses may be dropped by the deadlines noted above. Drop dates with or without instructor approval for a refund are set by UCI Summer Session. 

Summer Bridge
Summer Bridge unit fees, housing (not available for 2021), and the mandatory campus fee are covered by the Bridge Scholarship. To accept the Bridge Scholarship, students will be required to post a $184 payment to hold their place in the program, however, this fee will be refunded to Bridge Scholars once they have completed the summer requirements of the Bridge Scholarship. The $184 will not be refunded to Summer Bridge students who do not complete the summer requirements.

Course & Program Fees

Fees are determined, assessed and processed by the Division of Summer Session. Below, you can view the fees associated with your desired program pathyway.

Freshman Edge
The following is a list of fees for the 2021 Freshman Edge program.

2-Unit Course Load 6-Unit Course Load 8-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($279/unit)* $558 $1,674 $2,232
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $184 $184 $184
Total $742 $1,858 $2,416
*Additional course materials fees (non-refundable) may apply depending on your chosen course. The $279 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Session II course fees are refundable up until August 13th, 2021 with the instructor’s signature.

The $184 mandatory campus fee and applicable course materials fees are non-refundable. Session II courses may be dropped by the deadlines noted above. Drop dates with or without instructor approval for a refund are set by UCI Summer Session. 

Financial Aid:

If you are applying for summer financial aid, once you have accepted your aid award after enrolling in Freshman Edge any aid distributed to you will automatically count towards your account balance. Any remaining fees, if any, will be requested from you at that time.

 

Click here for Financial Aid steps during Freshman Edge/Summer Session.

 

Freshman Edge International
The following is a list of fees for the 2021 Freshman Edge International program.

6-Unit Course Load
Course Fees ($279/unit)* $1,674
Mandatory Campus Fee (non-refundable) $184
Estimated Total $1,858

*Additional course materials fees (non-refundable) may apply depending on your chosen course. The $279 per unit fee is based on the current UC tuition. The Summer Session tuition is subject to change by action of the UC Regents at any time for all UC campuses, including UC Irvine. Session II course fees are refundable up until August 13th, 2021 with the instructor’s signature.

The $184 mandatory campus fee and applicable course materials fees are non-refundable. Session II courses may be dropped by the deadlines noted above. Drop dates with or without instructor approval for a refund are set by UCI Summer Session.  

Summer Bridge
Summer Bridge unit fees, housing (not available for 2021), and the mandatory campus fee are covered by the Bridge Scholarship. To accept the Bridge Scholarship, students will be required to post a $184 payment to hold their place in the program, however, this fee will be refunded to Bridge Scholars once they have completed the summer requirements of the Bridge Scholarship. The $184 will not be refunded to Summer Bridge students who do not complete the summer requirements.

 

Summer Bridge Scholarship

Approximately 87 first generation and/or income eligible students will be offered a Summer Bridge Scholarship. Recipients enroll in a specified set of courses and are required to live in program housing. Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients receive advising and sign up for fall classes during their Student Parent Orientation Program (SPOP).

Things to Know Before you Apply

  •  Review all of the information on the Summer Bridge Application webpage – there are additional steps to take.
  • Each year the deadline to apply is in late May.
  • Students who plan on attending Freshman Edge even if a Summer Bridge Scholarship is not awarded, should also enroll in Freshman Edge to save their space in the program and receive the best chances at a space in their desired course.
  • Students who plan on NOT attending Freshman Edge if they do not receive a Scholarship should wait to enroll until they are instructed to do so.
  • Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants will be notified of their scholarship award status on a rolling bases as early as mid-May through early July.
  • Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants must submit payment for only the non-refundable mandatory campus fee ($184 in 2021) with their Summer Bridge enrollment form upon acceptance of the scholarship to hold their space in the program and courses. Upon completion of Summer Bridge, the campus fee will be reimbursed to students as a final portion of the scholarship.

Contact Us

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are communicating primarily via email at this time. If you would like to leave us a voicemail, please call 949-824-7649 and we will return your call.