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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

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-day programs for transfer students. There is a fee for participation.

New Student and Transition Programs also offers 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 offer academic advising and successful transition to the second year. For more information, contact the New Student and Transition Programs office in 201 Covel Commons.

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.

Students in the College are served by one of four counseling units: Academic Advancement Program, College Academic Counseling, Honors Programs, and Student Athletics. Undergraduates in the five professional schools are served by their respective student services offices. See the Registrar’s academic counseling website for a list of College and school advising office addresses. To contact a departmental adviser, see the individual department in the Curricula and Courses chapter of this catalog; a list is available online.

Academic Advancement Program

Academic Advancement Program (AAP) is the largest university-based student diversity program in the U.S. Its programs for first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students help ensure their academic success, retention, and graduation; and support their pursuit of academic excellence. AAP aims to increase member entrance to graduate and professional schools; develop academic, political, scientific, economic, and community leadership; and promote UCLA access and academic success for diverse high school and community college students across California.

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, 1230 Campbell Hall.

Academic Counseling

AAP professional and peer counselors are available for College students. For more information see the College and Schools chapter of this catalog.

Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP)

The center develops academic partnerships between California community colleges—particularly those with large underrepresented populations—and UCLA, to improve student competitiveness for UC admissions and increase the transfer admission pool diversity. Its Scholars Program offers mentoring and summer programs to help prepare students for transfer to a four-year school.

Mentoring and Research Programs

AAP programs also help students attain their academic and professional goals beyond the bachelor’s degree.

Arts Initiative Program

The program focuses on integration of the arts into different scholarly fields. AAP students engage in interdisciplinary research involving fine, commercial, and performing arts and their connection to social contexts.

Community Development and Social Justice Program (CDSJ)

The program assists AAP students interested in graduate study in public health, public policy, social welfare, and urban planning. Students conduct applied research projects and intern, under professional staff supervision at a community-based organization.

Educators for Tomorrow (EFT)

The program assists a new generation of socially conscious educators. AAP students, guided by a graduate mentor, participate in community service programs, internships, service learning courses, and research.

Graduate Mentoring and Research Program (GMRP)

The program offers AAP students one-on-one mentoring by current graduate students in preparation for graduate studies and professional school admission. It also offers workshops on graduate school topics.

High Achievement in Math and Science (HIGH AIMS) Program

The two-year program supports AAP students seeking further learning in health science professions. It offers career and academic guidance, and includes community service, workshops, and information sessions.

McNair Research Scholars Program

The two-year program prepares 28 AAP students for PhD programs in humanities and social sciences. Students conduct an independent research project and participate in a research-intensive summer program.

Research Rookies Program

The program gives second-year AAP students the opportunity to develop entry-level research projects in humanities and social sciences. Over two academic terms, students meet regularly with graduate mentors and a faculty member.

Peer Learning

AAP peer learning facilitators are upper-division AAP students who serve as academic role models and tutors. Small-group workshops help build scholarship skills and foster discussion that allows students to listen to, and articulate, new and different perspectives.


Eligible AAP students may receive merit and need-based scholarships through established financial aid programs. AAP also awards scholarships; its scholarships web page helps students with the application process.

Freshman/Transfer Summer Program

This seven-week residential summer program prepares incoming AAP freshman and transfer students for the academic rigors of UCLA. Students build an academic support network that supplies interaction and broadens life experiences. Students enroll in three UCLA courses that fill graduation requirements, and get support in small groups or individual sessions from teaching assistants and peer learning facilitators.

Vice Provost Initiative for Precollege Scholars (VIPS)

This partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts prepares historically underrepresented students in 10 high schools to become competitively eligible for admission to UCLA and other flagship universities. VIPS offers peer mentoring, summer programs, Saturday academies, and research opportunities to scholars and their families.

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