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First Year Student Advising Information 2024


Getting Started


What to Expect 

From May through September, you will receive emails with important information and approaching deadlines. Be sure to check your UC San Diego email account regularly. Follow the timeline below for important Academic and Orientation dates/deadlines.


May 15  

  • Accept offer deadline

May 29  


June 28  

  • Academic background deadline for NTA


July 1  

  • Postmark deadline for Transcripts to UCSD Admissions

July 26  

July 29  


August 7  

August 8 

August 15-17

August 20-22

  • Second pass enrollment


September 18, 19, or 23

New Triton Advising Portal

In late-May, New Triton Advising Portal will open for all first year students. The New Triton Advising Portal is housed in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC), and includes information on academic requirements and enrollment information. First-year students will be able to do the following:

  • 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 28.
  • Ask enrollment-related questions through Online Advising in the VAC on August 08.

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 Quarter System

  • There are three quarters in an academic year at UC San Diego: fall, winter, and spring.  UCSD summer sessions are optional.
  • Review this webpage for a detailed explanation of the quarter system. 
  • 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.

Course Information

  • 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 (LE) 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 (DI) 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
    • 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 (e.g., conflicting final exam dates).

Placement Exams

Enrollment Guidance

To help students prepare for fall quarter, Enrollment Guidance is a resource available to students to assist with choosing courses, placement information, review degree audit, etc. Enrollment Guidance will be available on August 7th in the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Choosing Classes

  • 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.
  • Be sure to have 1-2 back up classes. 
  • You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units to be a full-time student.
  • Most classes at UC San Diego 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. 
  • We recommend using the academic plans website to help guide you on what classes to take in fall quarter. Remember these are sample plans and do not take into consideration any AP/IB/community classes you have taken. 
  • Please go here to see how AP/IB scores will give you credit for College GE’s.

Planning Your Schedule

  • Review the online WebReg Tutorial to learn how to enroll in classes.
  • 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.

Undeclared, Selective, or changing majors

Undeclared majors can choose courses that they are interested in taking for a possible major. They have the freedom to choose coursework that best interests them. 

Students wanting to change into a selective major will need to review the screening courses, and the application process. Entrance into all selective majors requires a formal review process. Approval is not guaranteed.

If the student is interested in changing majors (except selective majors) they can do so once Fall quarter begins using the major/minor tool.

Enrollment Information

Important Dates

  • July 29: View your first and second pass enrollment appointment times on TritonLink.
  • August 7: Enrollment Guidance is available on the Virtual Advising Center.
  • August 8: Starting on this day and moving forward, you can submit advising and enrollment questions through the Virtual Advising Center to Academic Advisors.
  • August 15-22: Enroll in courses using WebReg during your first and second pass appointment times. *Once you have officially enrolled in a class you will have access to Zoom and In-person advising.

First and Second Pass Enrollment

  • You are allowed to enroll in 11.5 units during the first pass and 19.5 units, including wait-listed courses, during the second pass up until the first day of instruction.
  • If you do not enroll during your first pass appointment, you must wait until your second pass appointment.


Academic Advising

August 8: Starting on this day and moving forward, you will be able to submit questions online using the “Ask a Question” tab in the Virtual Advising Center. Advisors will respond to inquiries throughout the business week and most questions will be answered within 24-48 hours. **Remember to submit your Academic Background and completely review the New Triton Advising site in order to receive access to the Virtual Advising Center.

  • To prepare for Online Advising, review your academic information, potential four-year plan, and the enrollment guidance in the New Triton Advising portal.
  • Submit questions in advance of your enrollment time, since Online Advising will be in high demand.

August 15-22: Once you have officially enrolled in a class you will have access to Zoom and In-person advising. To access Zoom advising (during Zoom drop-in hours) use the “Meet with Advisor” tab in the Virtual Advising Center

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 is to 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.
  • UCSD offers tutoring assistance for many classes. Please go here for more detailed information. 
  • Tips for Academic Success

Academic Resources