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First Year Experience at UC San Diego

Freshmen Experience Program (WARR 1) and Transfer Experience Program (WARR 2) are exciting 2-unit courses designed to help new students get the most out of their first year at UC San Diego and become more engaged and informed students. Learn more about UC San Diego's First Year Experience Program

How to Enroll?

  • Log into Web Reg 
  • Select WARR1 (Freshmen) or WARR2 (Transfer) 

Questions: Contact Warren Academic Advising via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) 

WARR 1, First Year Experience 

  • Receive practical advice about student life and educational strategies for success
  • Get connected to Warren college and campus resources, as well as research and involvement opportunities campus-wide
  • Learn from faculty who are committed to supporting your transition to college life
  • Interact with upperclassmen (discussion leaders) who remember what it is like to be a new student
  • Meet other new students

WARR 2, Transfer Experience 

  • Receive practical information on how to further your academic and career goals
  • Learn about transfer-specific resources and opportunities
  • Get connected to Warren college and learn about ways to get involved on campus
  • Learn from faculty who are committed to supporting your transition to UCSD
  • Interact with student leaders who remember what it was like to be a new student 
  • Meet other new transfer students 

Learn more about the First Year Experience program:  

First Year Experience - Weekly Topics

  • Opportunities, Challenges, and Expectations of University Life
  • Making the Most of the Classroom
  • Academic Integrity and Research Literacy
  • Personal Well-being and Academic Success
  • Enhancing Your Communication Skills in the Classroom
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Understanding Yourself and Others
  • Campus and Community Involvement
  • Research Opportunities, Experiential Learning, and Faculty Engagement
  • Choosing and Committing to a Major
  • Lessons Learned and Planning Forward

Benefits of Enrolling in WARR 1 or WARR 2

  • Awareness of internships, research opportunities, study abroad programs, and more
  • More effective research and study skills
  • Stronger time management skills
  • Increased confidence interacting with faculty
  • Increased awareness of how personal well-being impacts academic performance
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • More information about choosing a major and minor 
  • Exposure to topics that address diversity and social justice
  • Solid understanding of expectations about academic integrity

Meet the Professors

WARR 2 (Transfer Experience)

Professor Stefan Tanaka

Professor Stefan Tanaka

Stefan Tanaka is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC).  Learn more about his background and area of interest on his faculty profile.

For inquiries, contact