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Triton Freshmen Scholars Program Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Triton Freshmen Scholars Program, a transition program for newly admitted freshmen students to UC San Diego.

Application and Eligibility

Who can apply?

All incoming freshmen admitted to UC San Diego may apply to the program if they meet the selection criteria for math course placement in one of 5 first year, university math courses (Math 2, Math 3C, Math 4C, Math 10A, or Math 20A) based upon SAT, ACT, AP, or UC San Diego Math Placement Exam scores.

What if my placement is not in one of the five Math courses supported by Triton Freshmen Scholars?

This program is specific to students placing in any one of 5 first year, university math courses (Math 2, Math 3C, Math 4C, Math 10A, or Math 20A).

If you do not place in one of these Math courses, please also consider the OASIS Summer Bridge Program (see details: http://oasis.ucsd.edu/programs/summer-bridge/index.html) or if adminitted to an engineering major, please also consider the Summer Engineering Institute (see details: http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/idea/programs/freshman_summer_institute.shtml)

How can I access the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program application?

You can access the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program application here: https://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/sso/SSPCommonApplication/

** Please note that you have to have accepted your offer to UC San Diego to be able to start the application.

Where can I find my username and password?

  1. Once you have accepted your offer to UCSD and paid your enrollment deposit (if required), you will need to wait 3 business days and then go to TritonChecklist.ucsd.edu. 
  2. You should receive an email notifying you that it is completed on the checklist, but there have been instances where the emails are not generated. Please check the website occasionally to ensure completion.
  3. When you go to the URL, you will be redirected to the campus SSO. You will need to click on the "First Time User" link located on the right hand side of the UerID box. 
  4. You will then be asked to provide your UC Application ID, Date of Birth, City of Birth, and the email address you used on your application. 
  5. Once you are authenticated, you will be provided with your PID (username) and your ablity to create a password. 

I am an international student, am I eligible to apply to the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program?

No, the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program is currently unable to accept international students.

Benefits

Is the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program Free?

Yes, it's free! There is no monetary cost to you for your fees, housing, books, or meals.

In return, we do expect your full participation in all aspects of the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program through August 2019 (end of program).

Will I receive college credit for Triton Freshmen Scholars Program courses?

Yes. You will receive 8 units of academic credit for the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program, which will apply towards your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requirement or units that fulfill a portion of the requirements for your college and/or major.

Residential Life

Where will the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program be?

The Triton Freshmen Scholars Program will be held at one of the on-campus residence halls at Muir College. This housing is only for the summer, so you must take all of your belongings with you at the end of the summer program.

Do I have to stay on campus every night?

Yes. The Triton Freshmen Scholars Program is designed as a full participation academic and residential program that will only benefit you if you spend a majority of your time with us. The only exceptions made will be for family emergencies or health reasons. 

If you have any questions about this policy, apply to the program first, and if accepted then email the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program with your inquiry.

Do I need to have health insurance for the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program?

Yes. It is highly recommended that you have health insurance during Triton Freshmen Scholars Program. You will be living on-campus for 8 weeks, and although you likely be in good health, the possibility remains that you may become sick or injured during that time. The Triton Freshmen Scholars Program cannot assume financial responsibility incurred by a major sickness or injury.

Minor medical services are covered by the Student Health Center, and only during normal business hours. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you acquire health insurance before the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program begins.

Student Health Services hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (until August 26th for summer. Saturdays services only include Urgent Care and Pharmacy)

If I need accommodations, are they available during this program?

Office for Students with Disabilities 

If you are a student with a disability (physical, chronic health, learning, mental health, ADHD, etc.) who may need accommodations in classrooms (lecture and/or examination), labs, housing and/or dining, recreational activities such as hiking, ropes, field sports, etc., please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at 858.534.4382 as soon as you become aware that the condition may impact your ability to participate in our programs. 

Additional information may be found at https://disabilities.ucsd.edu/about/index.html.


Veteran/CalVet Education Benefits

If you are a Military Affiliated student receiving Federal Veteran Affairs (VA) or Cal Vet assistance during the summer and would like to request more information, please contact the Student Veteran Benefits Coordinator,  Lisa Linares at (858) 534-0477 or by email at llinares@ucsd.edu.

For more information please visit: https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/veterans/federal-benefits.html

Can I work or have other outside commitments during the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program?

No. If you decide to participate in the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program, you must commit your time to the program. The Triton Freshmen Scholars Program schedule is very full, and will not allow you enough time to work or have large outside commitments. 

Can I have visitors during the program?

Visitors are welcome, but only during non-scheduled activity times. Vistors are responsibile for paying for their own parking (Mondays through Fridays) and making sure they are parked in the correct parking space. The Triton Freshmen Scholars Program will not assume responsibility or payment for parking violations. 

Visitors may not spend the night in the residence halls. If visitors enter the residence halls, they will need to check in with the Muir Residence Hall office for a guest name tag.

Triton Freshmen Scholars Requirements

Do I need to have all of my immunization requirements met?

Yes. All students must complete the following UC health requirements. STUDENTS WHO ARE ACCEPTED TO THE TRITON FRESHMEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM, BUT WHO HAVE NOT YET SATISFIED THESE IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF THE PROGRAM WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND. 

You will NOT be able to attend the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program or register for classes until you take care of these requirements. Enrollment for fall quarter occurs during the last week of August. Failure to comply can result in a hold being placed on your student record, preventing enrollment, and any payments to your account. Late registration fees may be assessed.

Tuberculosis Screening Requirement

  • Enter the student health portal shs.ucsd.edu, click on "TB Requirement."
  • Answer the five screening questions.
  • If you are required to do further testing, an additional form (TB Screening Admission Requirement) will be provided to download. If you are not required to do further testing, this is the end of the process!

Immunization Requirements

  • Download this PDF form and take it to your doctors office to complete.
  • Log into your student health portal shs.ucsd.edu and click on "Immunization Requirement."
  • Enter your immunization information into the online Immunization Record, then upload or fax 1-858-246-2414 your signed form, so we can verify your record.

Questions

  • For additional information, refer to our Student Health Services website.
  • Ask medical questions through "Ask a Question"​ 
  • Ensure your UCSD email accounts are active to receive a secure response to your question.
  • Please go to “Profile” in your student health portal shs.ucsd.edu and enter your cell phone number and carrier to receive text alerts.

Do my transcripts need to be submitted to UC San Diego Office of Admissions by July 1?

Yes. You can attend the Triton Freshmen Scholars Program only if your final transcripts have been validated by the UCSD Office of Admissions. The validation process confirms that all admissions provisions have been cleared.

You must submit official transcripts from all high schools and colleges attended before the deadline of July 1. Begin requesting transcripts around May 1 or upon graduation.

Freshmen should submit only their final high school transcripts with graduation date (do not send 6th and 7th grade semester reports). If you attended more than one school, UC San Diego requires a transcript from each school showing the date of withdrawal or graduation. Also send any college transcripts reflecting college coursework no later than the postmark deadline of July 1.  Even if your transcript reflects college classes you took, you must request transcripts from each college you attended.

Students with any transcripts from schools outside the United States must have all official transcripts sent before July 1.

UC San Diego also accepts electronic transcripts sent by the following e-transcript vendors: Docufide/ Parchment, Credential Solutions, and eScripSafe.

If your school has its own transcript request process, please follow that protocol and be sure you provide the correct mailing address for UC San Diego:

University of California, San Diego
Office of Admissions
ATTN: TRANSCRIPTS
9500 Gilman Dr. # 0021
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021
United States

Freshmen applicants must notify the UC San Diego Office of Admissions of any of the following:

  • Changes to planned coursework in "a–g" courses for senior year
  • Unsatisfactory grades such as a D or F received during senior year of high school
  • Senior year weighted GPA falling below 3.0
  • Changing schools
  • Failure to meet the terms of the provisional contract after being offered admission as a freshman

Please DO NOT send transcripts to the Summer Programs office!

How do I know if my test scores have been received by UC San Diego's Office of Admissions?

Freshmen applicants must request all official test scores from the testing agencies. These should have been received by UC San Diego in January. Please do not send any other documents or other information unless requested. If the UC San Diego Office of Admissions office needs more information, they will contact you directly by email.

Log into your Applicant Portal and scroll down to the bottom of "My Checklist" where you will see TRANSCRIPTS AND TEST SCORES. Review "Official Test Scores" to see if the UC San Diego Office of Admissions has received them. If not, please make certain you requested them from the appropriate agencies.

When requesting test scores, specify all prior years taken; otherwise, only the latest scores will be sent. Please verify with your testing agency that your test scores have been sent to the UC San Diego Office of Admissions on your behalf. The College Board school code for UC San Diego is 4836.

  • ACT – www.act.org
  • SAT – www.collegeboard.com
  • Advanced Placement (AP) – www.collegeboard.com
  • International Baccalaureate - www.ibo.org

Official ACT/SAT test scores were due in January from all freshmen applicants.

Test scores are processed in the order they are received by the Admissions office. You will need to allow a minimum of two weeks after scores are received for them to display on the Applicant Portal. If you do not see receipt of your test scores after that time, notify the UC San Diego Office of Admissions office by email at receiptoftestscore@ad.ucsd.eduFinal test scores are due no later than July 15 (UCSD school code 004836).

*You may not be able to register for certain classes until your test scores are received and processed by the UC San Diego Office of Admissions.

Still have questions? E-mail Triton Freshmen Scholars Program or call (858) 246-5599