Freshman Edge

As an incoming UCI student, you are invited to join Freshman Edge, an early start program that will provide you with a rich academic, social, and personal foundation for your time at UCI and beyond.

Freshman Edge

Start your UCI experience this summer. Check out our virtual info session recording by clicking here.

Program Dates for Summer 2023: TBD

As an incoming UCI student, you are invited to join Freshman Edge, an early start program that will provide you with a rich academic, social, and personal foundation for your time at UCI and beyond.

Program at a Glance

Click here for more information on Freshman Edge pathways, courses, fees, and important dates.

One Program – Three Pathways

Freshman Edge

Freshman Edge is available to all incoming freshmen from all majors. Students who identify as a member of our international community or receive a Summer Bridge Program Scholarship participate in Freshman Edge with additional catered support.

Freshman Edge International

Incoming international students participate in Freshman Edge through additional and tailored program requirements that promote a successful transition to UCI.

Summer Bridge Scholarship

UCI Student Success Initiatives (SSI) offers a limited number of Summer Bridge Scholarships to First Generation and/or income-eligible students that covers the cost of Freshman Edge, provides additional benefits (such as priority registration) and requires academic year program participation.

Check out Freshman Edge FAQs for the answers to commonly asked questions.

Why Attend?

    • 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!

Student Experience

Students participating in Freshman Edge get the opportunity to embrace UCI and everything it has to offer at a time when the campus is more relaxed from the peak occupancy of the academic year. The student experience at Freshman Edge is designed to build your confidence in entering college level coursework, the pace of the quarter system (remember, summer is 5 weeks of instruction per session – even more accelerated than a traditional quarter) and to ultimately ensure that you have found an Institution where you know you belong.

Unique Pathways

Students participating in Freshman Edge may notice several similarities and differences in their experience from their peers. For example – ALL Freshman Edge students regardless of pathway will participate in a section of the UNI STU 83/84 course. However, International Students, and Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients will be assigned to a second course required by their enrollment in Freshman Edge while their peers will participate in an elective of their choosing.

Freshman Edge and Summer Bridge

All Freshman Edge participants will receive access to support services, workshops, and more throughout the summer (minimum participation requirements exist within each pathway – Edge, Edge International, and Summer Bridge). Once the summer has concluded services are also offered throughout the academic year from our program team. 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.


The Freshman Edge Housing and Payment forms for Summer 2022 are now open! Only enrolled Freshman Edge participants may apply for program housing. Please do not submit the housing form or payment until you have completed Freshman Edge enrollment. Please read below for further instructions and important dates. 

We are excited to announce that Freshman Edge participants will be able to reside at Middle Earth for the duration of the program. Middle Earth is not only a place where Hobbits live in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but also a housing community at UC Irvine, centrally located just on Ring Road between Social Sciences and Engineering. As a program participant you are eligible to live at Middle Earth for the entirety of the program, which is from July 30- September 8.


Housing Accommodations and Meals

  • Meals at Brandywine provided
  • Quadruple room assignment
  • Central location on campus

Housing Form and Rooming Assignments

  • All Freshman Edge participants living on-campus during the program are required to fill out The Freshman Edge Housing Form and the Edge Summer Housing Payment Form 2022
  • Rooming assignments will be sent out to participants 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the program

Move-In Logistics

  • Move-in date: July 30, 2022
  • Move-out date: September 8, 2022
  • Students can view a list of what to bring when moving on-campus HERE. Students may also want to refer to the list of what to bring to orientation HERE.
  • A valid parking permit is required at all times when parking on campus. Please refer to UCI Transportation and Distribution Services for permit rates and zone maps.

Due to capacity, we cannot provide housing to Freshman Edge students between September 8 and move-in weekend on September 15/16/17. (Exceptions apply for Freshman Edge International students and Summer Bridge Scholars who choose to continue in the SAME assignment through 2022-2023. Charges apply and will be added to 2022-2023 Housing Contract).


  • STEP 1: Submit The Freshman Edge Housing Form
    • Select your pathway
    • Answer questions about your assignment preferences
    • Enter Desired Roommate’s name- if applicable (Request must be mutual and involve Freshman Edge participants. Roommate preferences are not guaranteed)
  • STEP 2: Submit payment ($3,094) for Edge Summer Housing Payment Form 2022.
    • Housing forms will NOT be processed until payment is complete
    • Housing fees are non-refundable


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.

Inside UCI

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

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.

Campus Events

While campus may be a bit more quiet in the summer, that doesn’t mean it is not a buzz. 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.

Peer Connections

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 is simple.

Once you have reviewed all information, enroll with our online application! Questions? Email us at . Enrolling in Freshman Edge is simple. Visit our enrollment page to complete your Freshman Edge enrollment form and view course, fee, and deadline information.