UC San Diego
Academy for Transfer Students

The 2017 UC San Diego Academy for Transfer Students is intended for incoming transfer students who will be entering UC San Diego in the Fall quarter from a community college or from a four year college.  It is a five-week program where students can earn 8 units of credit (10 units for CSE and Math-CS students) in the major. The Academy primarily consists of gateway courses that are not typically offered at community colleges.The Academy also includes advising and other activities to help students smoothly transition to UC San Diego.

The goals of the program include a strong academic foundation for incoming transfer students so that they can make rapid progress academically and graduate sooner. While the course work is intense, each student will get individual attention and help with the course material.

All students admitted to UC San Diego through one of the following three departments in 2017 are eligible to participate in the Academy. Individual program details and course prerequisites are available through the corresponding web pages.

  1. Biological Sciences
  2. Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) (including computer engineering majors from the ECE Department)
  3. Mathematics

Fee and Financial Aid

The fee for the program is $2,351.10, which includes the tuition for 8 units at the rate of $273 per unit and the campus-based fee of $167.10. CSE students who are required to register for 10 units will be given credit for 2 units so they only have to pay $2,351.10 towards tuition and fee.

Financial aid loans and/or grants are available to assist eligible students and families in paying the cost to attend the Academy. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid to determine eligibility for loans or grants. International students are not eligible for Federal or State financial aid and therefore are expected to pay the fee of $2,351.10 from family resources.

Housing and Dining Options

Due to the intensive scheduling of classes, tutoring and other academic and social activities, all students are given options for residential or dining only benefits. Students are expected to choose between the following two options. There is no charge for the students regardless of the option.

Option I: Room and board on UC, San Diego campus for the entire period of the Academy from August 6th through September 9th, 2017 with a Blue Dining Plan which provides $16.43 a day in dining dollars.  This option may be suitable for students who want to live on campus for the 5-week period.  If students find the dining dollars inadequate, they can purchase additional dining dollars. For a complete list of housing options, please consult the HDH website. Please scroll down the page to find summer housing information under the section 'HDH Traditional Summer Housing Program (ERC Apartments)'.

Option II: A grant of $575 in the form of a Dining Plan Card  towards meal expenses during the 5-week period. This option may be suitable for those students who plan to live off-campus, but take advantage of the HDH dining facilities. For more information on HDH dining services, please check https://hdh.ucsd.edu/dining/pages/

Benefits for Students

Our analysis shows that the summer program is strongly beneficial for students. Students who successfully complete the Academy may:

  1. Earn 8 units in two 4-unit gateway courses in the major. CSE students earn 10 units in three courses.
  2. Establish a strong academic foundation leading to success at UC San Diego.
  3. Get individual attention and help.
  4. Learn about research and internship opportunities.
  5. Benefit from academic advising and career mentoring.
  6. Develop strong ties to faculty.
  7. Forge a social bond with your peers.
  8. Become part of the campus community.
  9. Graduate sooner and save money.


The Academy for Transfer Students will run from August  6th through September 9th, 2017. Please consult the calendar for more details.

Academy Informational Video

Academy informational video by Academy students and faculty. Enjoy!

Academy Video (YouTube version)

How to Apply

Admission to the Academy is by application only. There are two parts to the application. You need to complete both parts by June 5, 2017. The applications will open on May 1, 2017. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they decide to accept their offer from UC San Diego. For a complete timeline, consult the calendar.

Seats are limited. Preference will be given to the students who have completed the appropriate course prerequisites and will benefit most from the program based on the personal statement in the common application. Please consult the individual department pages for more information about courses and prerequisites.

Contact for Admission and Academic Matters

Mohan Paturi
UC San Diego Summer Academy
Professor, CSE
Email: paturi@cs.ucsd.edu

Contact for Enrollment, Registration, and Financial Aid

Jonathan Vega
Enrollment and Registration Specialist
UC San Diego Summer Session
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0079
La Jolla, CA 92093-0079

UC San Diego Office of Students with Disabilities

If you are a student with a disability who may need accommodations to participate in our programs, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities directly at 858.534.4382. Additional information may be found at http://disabilities.ucsd.edu/about/index.html.