Triton Sophomore Scholars Program

Triton Sophomore Scholars is a pilot summer program (introduced in summer 2017) designed to support rising sophomores achieve success as they pursue their four-year plan to degree at UC San Diego. During the 10 weeks of the program, scholars will experience a comprehensive approach to college life by focusing on one course per summer session, living on campus, and connecting with faculty, staff, students, and university resources.

Scholars form a residential learning community to bolster their sense of belonging as Tritons and foster life-long friendships and connections. The learning community will include academic and social activities. Scholars will enroll in two 4-unit courses over two summer sessions that are critical to their degree progress. Scholars will receive individualized and structured academic support, including Supplemental Instruction and tutoring, personalized learning assessments and goal setting, study skills instruction, contact with faculty and staff, and peer mentoring from experienced upper-division students. The Career Center works with scholars to identify on-campus employment opportunities aligned with their individual educational and professional goals.

The pilot program continued beyond the initial summer program. The 2017-18 academic year support includes the following through the efforts of the Triton Achievement Partners:

  • Continue to address and educate students about academic issues through programming and individual or small group conversations with the Triton Achievement Partners Learning Strategists.
  • Encourage students’ involvement in activities through small group meetings and programs sponsored by the Triton Achievement Partners and in collaboration with academic departments, residence life staff, student government/association, campus organizations, etc.
  • Participate in purposeful intervention strategies with students by utilizing knowledge of the phases of student development during the second year of college.
  • Facilitate continued connections between second-year students and the university community through the existing faculty mentor program, informal meetings between faculty and students, and other mechanisms.
  • Provide opportunities to build life skills in areas such as stress management and sense of belonging through collaborations with campus departments, e.g. CAPS, and community centers.
  • Continue supporting second-year students in improving their university culture by referring them to appropriate academic resources.
  • Continue to assist second-year students in their recently achieved success in navigating the university’s cultural values.

Data is being collected and analyzed to measure the effectiveness of the pilot program and to determine next steps.

2018 Triton Sophomore Scholar Program

The Triton Sophomore Scholars program is a 10-week, residential program taking place during the 1st and 2nd summer sessions at UC San Diego. Student will be taking two (2) courses, one (1) course each summer session that advances them toward completing their general education and/or major requirements. Program participants are expected to attend all programmatic events and activities for the duration of this program. The program covers for the participants standard program expenses; included are: tuition, campus based fees, housing and dining, activities, and workshops as scheduled for the program. 

Program Dates:  Summer Session 1 & 2; 10-week program: July 2 - September 8

Move in:  Sunday, July 1st, 2018 [Room and Board will be provided to all students participating in the program]

This program is a closed, invite-only program. Students who meet the criteria of the program will be invited to submit application materials. Student invitation lists are determined by institutional data.

Selection Criteria

Program Criteria:

Fall Quarter 2017 freshmen who took and/or are enrolled in one of the following:

  • Fall Quarter 2017 - Admitted Term, 1st time, full time Freshman
    • Analytical Writing (AWP) (formerly Basic Writing)
    • Math 2, 3C or 4C
    • No math course for fall quarter and/or winter quarter
    • Completed 12 units or less in fall quarter 2017 and are enrolled in 12 units or less in winter quarter 2018.
    • In good standing with a GPA in fall quarter and winter quarters (to be determined prior to offer letter sent) of at least a 2.0.
      • (Excludes students on academic probation or subject to disqualification based upon term and overall GPA)

If invited to participate in the program, students will be required to meet with their advisor (College or Department only) for a consultation/info session to determine summer course enrollments (1 course per summer session) that meet either their major or general education requirements. 

  • Academic standing after Spring quarter 2018 will be reviewed before program participation. Students must be in good academic standing to participate in the program during the Summer 2018 summer sessions. 
If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact sophomorescholars2018@ucsd.edu.

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