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UCLA General Catalog 2016-17

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Advising and Academic Assistance

Academic assistance is available in the form of staff and student counselors, faculty advisers, student services, tutorials, and special programs.

New Student and Transition Programs

The UCLA New Student and Transition Programs welcome new undergraduate students to UCLA and ease their transition into and throughout the first year. New Student Orientation introduces students to UCLA through academic counseling and educational planning and orients students to all the special programs available to them. During Orientation, students work in small groups with peer counselors and gain insight into necessary academic skills. They learn how to plan their academic program and become familiar with educational opportunities, student services, and facilities available at UCLA. Individual counseling sessions help students adjust to University life and fulfill the advising requirements of the College or school. Sessions for family members are also offered.

New Student Orientation sessions are three-day, two-night residence hall live-in programs for first-year students and one- and two-day programs for transfer students. There is a fee for participation.

New Student and Transition Programs also offer the College Summer Institute (CSI), a six-week residential program in which new first-year students get a head start on graduation requirements through UCLA summer courses.

During the academic year, additional programs are offered to provide academic advising and successful transition to the second year. For more information, contact the New Student and Transition Programs office in 201 Covel Commons, 310-206-6685.

College and School Advisers

The College and each school and academic department at UCLA have a staff of academic counselors and advisers to help students plan their academic program, monitor their progress toward the bachelor’s degree, provide information about degree requirements, and assist with academic problems. See the Registrar’s academic counseling website for a list of College and school advising offices. To contact a departmental adviser, see the individual department; a list is available online.

ASK Peer Counselors

The ASK Peer Counseling Program is an extension of College Academic Counseling. ASK peer counselors are undergraduate students from the College of Letters and Science trained to respond to student questions and concerns in several convenient settings. No appointments are required, just walk up and ASK. Peer counselors make referrals and provide information about academic rules and regulations, deadlines, and petitions and, as peers, can provide valuable personal experience.

Students can find ASK peer counselors weekdays when school is in session at various locations across campus. For details about locations and operating hours, see the website. Students may also e-mail questions.

College Academic Mentors

Letters and Science college academic mentors (CAMs) are graduate students who mentor primarily undergraduate lower division students and new transfer students to successfully navigate a large research university. In addition to addressing issues related to program planning and academic success, CAMs provide information and referrals to campus resources that focus on undergraduate achievement. Many CAMs have served as teaching assistants and can give unique perspectives on faculty members, course selection, major requirements, and preparation for and application to graduate school.

For appointments, go to Window 1, A316 Murphy Hall. CAMs are also available in selected departments and through the MyUCLA Virtual Counseling link.

Academic Advancement Program

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP), built on principles of social justice, has a threefold mission: (1) to ensure the academic success, retention, and graduation of students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, (2) to increase the numbers of AAP students entering graduate and professional schools, and (3) to develop the academic, political, scientific, economic, and community leadership necessary to transform society. AAP promotes academic achievement and excellence by providing students with an array of academic services.

Students are eligible for AAP if their academic profiles and personal backgrounds may impact their University experience and their retention and graduation from UCLA. Students are also eligible if they are part of any federally funded program that requires counseling, tutoring, or mentoring. For more information, contact AAP New Student Programs in 1230 Campbell Hall or call 310-206-1571.

Academic Counseling

College counselors at AAP holistically counsel students to facilitate their academic and personal success by empowering them with the knowledge and guidance to thrive in their undergraduate careers and beyond. Counselors and peer counselors work with students to plan their academic programs, monitor progress toward the degree, provide information about degree requirements, and connect them to various campus resources and opportunities. See the AAP counseling website or call 310-825-1481.

Center for Community College Partnerships

The Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) develops academic partnerships between California community colleges, particularly those with large underrepresented populations, and the University to improve student competitiveness for UC admissions and increase the diversity of the UCLA transfer admit pool. The CCCP Scholars Program offers peer mentoring and several academic residential summer programs to help prepare students for transfer to a four-year university and to help institutions develop a transfer culture through a critical race theory framework. Call 310-267-4441.

Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs

AAP offers several programs aimed at helping students attain their academic and professional goals beyond the bachelor’s degree. Students can plan their path to graduate or professional school with a mentor. Current graduate students mentor undergraduate students and help them prepare their application materials.

The Graduate Mentoring and Research Programs (GMRP) offer all AAP students one-on-one mentoring in preparation for graduate studies and professional school admission. The office also offers a variety of workshops on graduate school topics. Call 310-794-4186.

Community Development and Social Justice Program

The Community Development and Social Justice (CDSJ) Program assists undergraduate students interested in graduate or professional schools. The program works in the fields of labor/workplace studies, public health, public policy, social welfare, and urban planning to increase enrollment of AAP students committed to working toward social equity. Students conduct applied research projects and intern, under the supervision of a professional staff member, at a community-based organization. Call 310-794-4186.

Educators for Tomorrow Scholars Program

The Educators for Tomorrow (EFT) Scholars Program aims to advance a new generation of socially conscious leaders interested in careers in education. It provides AAP students with opportunities to meet faculty members and students in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to get involved in community service programs, internships, service learning courses, and research. Students in the program work with educators at local public schools as interns and participate in educational roundtables. Call 310-794-4186.

McNair Research Scholars Program

The McNair Research Scholars Program prepares low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented undergraduate students for the best graduate programs in the country. The program works with 28 students annually to prepare them for Ph.D. programs in the humanities, arts, or social sciences. Students conduct an independent research project and participate in a research-intensive summer program. Call 310-794-4186.

Research Rookies Program

The Research Rookies Program gives second-year AAP undergraduate students the opportunity to develop entry-level research projects in the humanities and social sciences. Over two academic terms, students meet regularly with graduate mentors and a faculty member. Call 310-794-4186.

Peer Counseling

Peer counselors are upper division AAP students who assist entering students with the transition to the University and provide them with a perspective on life at UCLA. Call 310-825-1481.

Peer Learning

AAP Peer Learning services promote academic excellence. Most peer learning facilitators are upper division AAP students who provide the intellectual challenge, encouragement, and personal support that students need to recognize their own authority as thinkers and learners. The sessions provide academic support through small groups that foster discussion and allow students to listen to and articulate new and different perspectives. Call 310-206-7771.


There are many opportunities for eligible students in AAP to receive merit and need-based scholarship funds. Some awards require application; others are available through nomination. See the scholarship information website or call 310-206-1805 for further information.

Summer Programs

The AAP seven-week intensive academic residential summer program for incoming freshman and transfer students prepares historically underrepresented, low-income, and/or first-generation students for the academic rigors and demands of a research university. Students are able to build a network of academic support prior to the regular school year that provides interaction with students from diverse backgrounds and broadens life experiences.

Students enroll in three University courses that meet UCLA requirements for graduation and receive support in small groups or individual sessions from teaching assistants and peer learning facilitators. Freshmen have the option of taking classes offered in the writing or mathematics/science intensive programs. Transfer student preparation involves an advanced composition course, honors research course, and upper division seminar. Academic counselors meet with students during the program and are available to assist students in shaping their educational plan toward graduation. Call 310-206-1571.

Vice Provost Initiative for Precollege Scholars

The Vice Provost Initiative for Precollege Scholars (VIPS) program is a partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts that prepares historically underrepresented students in 10 high schools to become competitively eligible for ad-mission to UCLA and other flagship universities, and to encourage pursuit of graduate and professional education using a social justice framework and holistic approach. VIPS offers peer mentoring, summer programs, Saturday academies, and research opportunities to scholars and their families. Call 310-267-4676.