First Year Student Enrollment Information 2018

Warren College Academic Advising will be hosting New Student Webinar. 

  • Friday, July 27 from 12:00 - 1:00pm PDT for Incoming First-Year Students (register here

This one-hour webinar is presented for incoming Warren students.  Information will be provided to help students prepare for their first quarter of enrollment.  The webinar will be recorded and made available if you are unable to view it at the scheduled time. 

Getting Started

New Student Site

In mid-May, the New Student Site will open for all first year students to register for the mandatory First Year Orientation Program. The New Student Site also includes sections on academic requirements and enrollment where you will:

  • View University, Warren College general-education, and major requirements
  • Submit your Academic Background, including Advanced Placement (AP) scores, International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, placement test information, and/or transfer coursework – this information must be submitted by June 29
  • View course recommendations made by Warren College academic counselors
  • Submit enrollment-related questions through Online Advising beginning August 20

Warren College Emails

Check your UC San Diego email account frequently for important communication from Warren College. Emails will include information and updates regarding the First Year Orientation Program, important events, and deadlines for new students.

Preparing for Your First Quarter Enrollment

The information below is designed to prepare you for Fall Quarter enrollment. Click here to download the information in a PDF format. 

Timeline & Reminders

Placement Exams

  • Math Placement Exam (MPE):  Needed to determine proper placement in precalculus course or an introductory calculus course at UCSD, if not yet met.
    • Test Dates: May 19, June 2, 9, 22, and 30, July 21, August 8 and 25, & Proctor-U
  • Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE):  Needed if the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) has not been satisfied.
    • Test Dates: TBD
  • See additional Placement Exams as needed

Choosing Classes

  • For Fall classes, your assigned academic counselor will recommend courses after reviewing your Academic Background information, including your Advanced Placement (AP)/ International Baccalaureate (IB) scores, transfer courses, placement exams, and your declared or proposed major.
  • Your goal is to have a preliminary schedule of classes for fall.  A typical first quarter schedule consists of three or four courses, a total of 12-16 units.
    • Here is an example:
      1. WCWP 10A or ELWR 1 or 2A
      2. General-Education Course (GE) – a Program of Concentration (PofC) or Area Study course. 
      3. A Lower-Division Course for your Major - for undeclared majors, choose a course to explore a prospective major.  
      4. Elective or Major Course - a second major course, GE course, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion course, or an elective course.
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to be a full-time student.
  • Most classes at UCSD are 4.0 quarter units.
  • We recommend that first year students do not enroll in upper-division courses (those numbered 100+) in their first year. 

The Quarter System

  • There are three quarters in an academic year at UCSD: Fall, Winter, and Spring, with optional Summer Session(s).
  • A quarter is 10 weeks with final exams Week 11.
  • Midterm exams may begin as early as Week 3.
  • The quarter system moves quickly, so it is important that you stay prepared and not fall behind.

Planning Your Schedule

  • You can complete a Course Enrollment Plan on WebReg. Your planned courses are not official until you are enrolled.
  • To plan a course on WebReg, type the course name in the Search for Classes bar at the top left of the webpage. Select the course you wish to plan and click the “plan” button.  The course will be listed on your plan.
  • To officially enroll in the course, at your enrollment time, click the “enroll” button for the course.
  • When planning your schedule, consider co-curricular activities to maintain a balance with your academic schedule.

Course Information

Lecture (LE) vs. Discussion (DI)

  • When you enroll in a course with a discussion section, you are committing to both the lecture and the discussion for the entire quarter.
  • The lecture is often a large group of 200+ students.  The majority of courses will have a lecture and a discussion section.  Not all courses have discussion sections.
  • The discussion section is a smaller group of students (40 or less), usually taught by a graduate student.  This is the interactive part of the course where assignments are given and collected, questions are answered, and lecture material is reviewed and discussed.
  • You may view your final exam schedule on TritonLink as you enter courses onto your course enrollment plan.
  • Check for scheduling conflicts.

Preparing for Academic Success

  • Your actual study time will depend on the material being covered, your familiarity with the material, and your study skills. A good rule of thumb:  spend three hours outside of class for every hour spent in lecture.
  • For a typical 4.0 unit class (three hours of lecture), you will study about nine hours per week.

Academic Resources

2018 Enrollment Information

Enrollment Time

August 6:  View your enrollment start time on TritonLink.

August 29- September 3:  Enroll during your assigned appointment time.

Course Recommendations

August 17:  You will be able to view your Fall quarter course recommendations on the New Student Site.

Warren College counselors develop these recommendations based on your Academic Background and proposed major.

Online Advising

August 20-September 6:  Prior to your enrollment date, you will be able to submit questions online using the Online Advising tab of the New Student Site. Online Advising will be open until 4:00pm on September 6. Counselors will respond to inquiries throughout the day and most questions will be answered within 24 hours.

To prepare for Online Advising, review your academic information, four-year plan, and course recommendations on the New Student Site.

Submit questions in advance of your enrollment time, since Online Advising will be in high demand.

Academic and Campus Resources