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Freshman Edge

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017

Begin college this summer!

August 6 - September 14, 2017


Apply early to increase your chance of reserving a spot in your preferred classes and to give yourself ample time to prepare for your arrival at UCI. Shortly after you register, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with information about how to start your UCI career during Summer Session.

Steps to Enroll in Freshman Edge

Courses are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Summer Bridge Scholarship recipients will be notified at the beginning of May. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by Student Support Services, who will administer enrollment for Summer Bridge courses.

Steps Details
Step 1: SIR Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st. You must be an admitted UCI student planning to attend UCI.
Step 2: Academics Visit the Academics page to choose your desired course and an alternate choice for Freshman Edge.

This step does not apply for Summer Bridge students.
Step 3: Placement Exams If you are planning on taking any math, chemistry, physics, writing or foreign language courses during Freshman Edge, then you should make sure to take the required Placement Exams as soon as possible. By taking your placement exams early, you will know what courses (in the above subject areas) to take during Freshman Edge. For more information about Placement Exams, please visit the UCI Academic Testing Office website. You will also receive follow-up information regarding your placement exams.

Please note that if you receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship, you will be required to enroll in UNI STU 84 and HISTORY/LPS 60.
Step 4 (optional): Financial Aid If you would like to be considered for summer financial aid or a Summer Bridge Scholarship, you must complete both the following steps by their respective deadlines:
  • Submit your 2016-2017 FAFSA by June 30, 2017 though it is recommended that you complete your FAFSA by May 31, 2017 to ensure your record can be successfully submitted.
  • Complete the online Summer Financial Aid Estimator by logging into My Aid by June 16, 2017 to be considered for grant funding and/or the Summer Bridge Scholarship.
After May 31, 2017 loans may be available, based on your personal financial situation. In order to be eligible to apply for summer aid, please also keep in mind that you must enroll in a minimum of six (6) units.

Please note that the 2016-2017 FAFSA that is required for summer aid is last year's form and is different than the 2017-2018 FAFSA that you may have already completed for Fall financial aid. Visit the UCI Financial Aid and Scholarships website for more information about applying for summer financial aid.

The State of California requires that you be told the following: Federal student loans are available to most students regardless of income and provide a range of repayment options including income-based repayment plans and loan forgiveness benefits, which other education loans are not required to provide.

Courses are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Step 5: Enroll Freshman Edge: Submit your completed Freshman Edge Enrollment Form (available Spring 2017) to the UCI Summer Session office.
- Residential student deadline is June 30.
- Commuting student deadline is July 21.

Freshman Edge International: Complete the Freshman Edge International Enrollment Form (available Spring 2017). Deadline is June 16. If you will need an F-1 student 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 August 3 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.

If you plan to be on campus during the week, you may drop the form off in person (Building #231 on the UCI campus map). Our office is open 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

You may also mail your Freshman Edge International Enrollment Form to:
UCI Summer Session/Freshman
University of California, Irvine
Pereira Drive West of East Peltason, Bldg 231
Irvine, CA 92697 U.S.A.

Summer Bridge: Submit your completed Summer Bridge Application online through UCI EEE (available Spring 2017). Deadline is May 30. 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. Summer Bridge Scholarship applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on a rolling basis, beginning mid-May.
Step 6: Confirmation Look for a confirmation email from the UCI Summer Session office. This email will confirm your enrollment in the program. You should expect to receive this email within 7-10 business days from the time we receive your enrollment. If you applied for a Summer Bridge Scholarship, you will be contacted by the UCI Student Support Services office to let you know if a scholarship is being offered to you.
Step 7: New Student Orientation All Freshman Edge students should attend SPOP in addition to Freshman Edge. Details regarding SPOP as it relates to Freshman Edge have not yet been finalized for 2017. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Step 8: Housing If you want to live on-campus during Freshman Edge be sure to indicate that you are interested in on-campus housing in your enrollment information. Instructions to enroll will be included within our program confirmation (sent by e-mail). (Please note that Summer Bridge awardees will receive housing information along with their offer letter.)
Enrollment in Freshman Edge does not include medical or other types of insurance. Students may enroll in the Voluntary Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) for the Summer Session dates of August 3rd through September 24th (8/3/2017 – 9/24/2017). Students who will not be covered during the program by a major medical health insurance should strongly consider enrolling in Voluntary UC SHIP.

More information on UC SHIP is also available.

Please note that all registered UCI students are automatically enrolled, beginning their first Fall quarter (Fall 2017), in the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer terms. The UC SHIP fee will be included in your Fall 2017 Registration Fees, but is not included in your preceding Summer 2017 Registration Fees.

Enrolled Freshman Edge students will receive additional information regarding enrollment in the Summer Session Voluntary UC SHIP within our program confirmation (sent by e-mail). If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office by phone at (949) 824-7649 or by e-mail at

We look forward to having you on campus in the summer and are certain that you will find it rewarding!

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