Freshman Edge – Student Experience
Earn UCI Units
Take a maximum of two courses and earn up to 8 units of UCI credit. Start this summer and get ahead to finish your degree in four years!
Get Access to Exclusive Opportunities
As a Freshman Edge student, you will receive exclusive support from Student Success Initiatives staff and student mentors in the form of workshops, social events, and one on one counseling throughout Summer Session II and your first academic year.
Gain Confidence & Make New Friends
Imagine making 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!
Online Program for 2021
Freshman Edge and Summer Bridge
For Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients, participating in meetings, workshops, etc. during their first academic year (fall, winter, and spring) is required as a condition of accepting the Bridge scholarship. Freshman Edge and Freshman Edge International students will receive access to services on an optional basis.
Freshman Edge Events
All event schedules and registration for said events will be provided to students in their program CANVAS page once the program begins.
A key part of Freshman Edge features a presentation series known as INSIDE UCI. These presentations by prominent UCI faculty will give you a “front row seat” to the diverse academic paths and current research of UCI faculty. You will be able to ask them questions about their academic journeys, how they became interested in research, and why they do what they do. Freshman Edge students are required to attend at least TWO of these events per the UNI STU 196 course requirements.
Collegiate Life events cover topics relating to career exploration, resume writing, study skills, health and wellness, campus opportunities, graduate school, internships and more! Freshman Edge students are required to attend at least TWO of these events per the UNI STU 196 course requirements.
While campus may be a bit more quiet in the summer, that doesn’t mean it is not abuzz. In addition to campus announcements, our team of mentors will make sure you get information about the different opportunities to get involved on-campus over the summer. Many academic units and services host guest lectures, performances and more during the summer months. Schedules and event content varies.
In class, and certainly at our events, we will do everything we can to help you meet your fellow students. Our mentors and UNI STU discussion leaders play a key role in hosting opportunities to foster these very connections in addition to giving you the inside scoop on their experiences and knowledge of how to be successful at UCI. Mentor opportunities are typically optional unless specifically noted otherwise by your course instructor(s). UNI STU discussion sections are required per your course enrollment.
Enrolling in Freshman Edge is simple. Visit our enrollment page to complete your Freshman Edge enrollment form and view course, fee, and deadline information.