Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Freshman

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How can I qualify for the Freshman Honors Program?

What is the Analytical Writing Requirement and how can I meet it?

Students enrolling in the University of California are required to demonstrate their ability to write effective essays by satisfying the Entry Level Writing Requirement. The requirement can be satisfied before enrollment by showing proficiency on the university-wide Analytical Writing Placement Examination, by scoring 680 or better on the SAT Reasoning Test (Writing section), by scoring 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Examination in English, or scoring a 5 or higher on the IB Higher Level English A exam or a 6 or higher on the IB Standard Level English A exam. UC San Diego administers an on-campus Analytical Writing examination for out-of-state before the beginning of the quarter. Test dates are available at the Basic Writing Program Web Site, Writing Placement Calendar.  Students may also satisfy the writing requirement by passing a UC Transferable course in English composition prior to enrolling in their first quarter at UC San Diego.

Students who have not satisfied the Entry Level Writing Requirement before enrolling in the University of California must complete a noncredit Basic Writing course at UC San Diego. More detailed information is available on the Basic Writing Program Web Site.

What placement tests must be taken and when?

Information about UC San Diego placement exams can be found here.

How and when will I enroll in classes?

Students will receive information concerning online enrollment through the summer orientation sessions and through the New Student Website.

How will the AP and IB exams I have taken affect my schedule for 1st quarter at UC San Diego?

Students will receive 4 to 8 units of university credit for AP examinations in which they earn a score of 3, 4, or 5; 8 units of credit for a score of 5, 6, or 7 on the Higher Level IB exams (no credit granted for Standard Level exams). These credits can exempt students from placement testing and count toward the total units required for graduation. Most can be used to meet college or department requirements other than humanities/writing. Refer to the AP chart or the IB chart for Revelle if you have any questions.

What kinds of student activities are available?

A wide variety of student activities and programs are available at UCSD. Many are college-based; others offer the opportunity for campus-wide involvement. Events in the Revelle Plaza, commuter breakfasts, community service projects and programs focusing on student leadership, increasing cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity, and campus pride and spirit are but a few of the hundreds of activities available within Revelle College. Committee positions and leadership opportunities abound for both resident and commuter students. The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) gives students the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and the One-on-One Program is a mentor-mentee program that matches new students with current Revelle students for the first year. In addition to college programs and activities, there are many opportunities available for involvement campus-wide with over 450 student organizations, including student publications, student government, intercollegiate athletics, state of the art campus recreation facilities, a dance studio, and fraternities and sororities. Check out our Revelle student committee web pages.

When may I visit the campus?