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First Year Student Enrollment Information 2020

Warren College Academic Advising will be hosting a New Student Enrollment Two-Part Webinar Series this summer for new Warren College students. Visit the links below to register.

  1. First Year Gearing Up for Enrollment will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 9:45 am PDT. Registration for this Zoom webinar is now open!
  2. First Year General Education (GE) Deep Dive will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:45 am PDT. Registration for this Zoom webinar is now open!


Getting Started

New Triton Advising Portal

In mid-May, COMPASS Pre-Orientation and the New Triton Advising Portal will open for all first year students. We recommend new students complete COMPASS Pre-Orientation first before accessing the New Triton Advising Portal.

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 complete the following in this portal:

  • 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 15

Course recommendations made by Warren College academic counselors and enrollment-related questions will be able to be viewed and submitted through the Virtual Advising Center.

  • Course recommendations will be unveiled in the VAC on July 31
  • Enrollment-related questions may be submitted through Online Advising beginning August 3

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

Timeline & Reminders


  • July 27: View your Enrollment Time on TritonLink
  • July 31: Review your course recommendations in the Virtual Advising Center
  • August 3-14: Submit enrollment questions through the Virtual Advising Center
  • August 12-16: Use WebReg on TritonLink to enroll in classes 


Placement Exams

The Quarter System

  • There are three quarters in an academic year at UC San Diego: fall, winter, and spring, summer sessions (optional).
  • 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.

Choosing Classes

  • For fall classes, a Warren 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 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. 

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

  • 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.

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.

Academic Resources

Enrollment Information 2020

Enrollment Time

July 27: View your enrollment start time on TritonLink.

August 12-16: Enroll during your assigned appointment time.

Course Recommendations

July 31:  You will be able to view your fall quarter course recommendations in the Virtual Advising Center.

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

Online Advising

August 3-14: Prior to your enrollment date, you will be able to submit questions online using the Online Advising tab in the Virtual Advising Center. 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, potential four-year plan, and course recommendations in the Virtual Advising Center.

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

Academic and Campus Resources

If you have additional questions not addressed above, check our Academic Resources list.

You can also view instructional videos covering general-education and enrollment basics.