Accelerator For Engineering Transfer Students
The Accelerator for Engineering Transfer Students at UCLA Samueli is a series of essential summer activities designed to help engineering transfer students quickly acclimate to UCLA Samueli and successfully transition their learning from previous institutions. The program will help students maximize their experience at UCLA Engineering without a deep learning curve.
Summer Accelerator info-session presentation
Held on Wednesday, May 27, 2021 | 6 – 7 PM
Hear details of each summer Accelerator program activity, how it helps eTransfers address potential challenges and make the most of their time at UCLA Samueli Engineering. Details on schedule, registration fees, eligibility, and next steps are covered in the presentation.
Summer Accelerator program components include:
Diagnostic Assessment Tests
June 2 – June 11, 2021
The Diagnostic Assessment Tests help you to assess your knowledge and strengthen any areas that may prevent you from succeeding in your first year courses. Diagnostic tests are available in the following subjects:
UCLA’s CS 31 & 32 (C++),
ECE 10 (Circuits),
Math (Linear Algebra) – all incoming engineering transfers should take the Linear Algebra assessment.
Incoming students who have taken the equivalent of the UCLA engineering course should take the corresponding Diagnostic Assessment test. Please check assist.org for articulation agreements for equivalent courses.
Engineering Transfer Center staff will meet with you to make recommendations on what to do over the summer to strengthen your understanding of course concepts based on the results of the assessments. Please note these assessments will NOT earn you credit for any courses. They are for gaining an understanding of your core proficiency in order for us to address any gaps in learning and preparation needed prior to taking subsequent courses at UCLA Engineering.
eTransfer students who submit their intent to register (SIR) by June 1 will receive an invitation to take the Diagnostic Assessments. Once you complete the assessments, our mentors will contact you to devise an individualized summer plan based on your results.
eTransfers will receive recommendations based on results from the Diagnostic Assessments on how they can spend their summer to strengthen their knowledge and ensure a more successful transition to their first year classes. There is no fee for taking the tests and all incoming eTransfers should take the relevant assessment for any class they took previously.
Participant fee: $0 (Open and free to all incoming eTransfer students)
For more information and to access the tests, visit our Diagnostic Assessment webpage.
Your summer plans:
We are here to help. The Engineering Transfer Center (ETC) staff will provide recommendations to incoming transfers based on their Diagnostic Assessment Test results to design a customized plan for the summer, that could include either some or all of the Accelerator sessions and activities listed below.
eTransfers that complete a Diagnostic Assessment test will receive an email, inviting them to register for a group Summer Planning session to identify the Accelerator and Summer Session activities that they could elect to participate in over the summer. 30 minute group Summer Planning sessions will begin on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – Thursday, June 17, 2021 (in time for the Summer Session A deadline).
Recommendations made at the Summer Planning sessions are NOT requirements. Attending a Summer Planning session is NOT necessary for you to participate in Accelerator activities; but are highly-recommended).
UCLA Summer Sessions
Summer Session A – June 21 – August 13, 2021 (8 week session) – see UCLA Summer Sessions website for courses, schedule, fees, and deadlines.
For some of you, taking a UCLA Summer Session class will be a part of your recommended summer plan. Here is a list of summer courses (by major) that are highly-recommended by our engineering academic counselors to ensure you are able to make progress to your degree in year 1. This includes:
- Any missing course prep required for admission (Chemistry, Physics, or Math) – all majors
- MAE or CEE M20 (Matlab) – Chemical Engineering majors
- MAT SCI 104 – Materials Science & Engineering majors
These courses will enable you to more seamlessly continue your education in the fall and through your first year.
Participant fee: See the UCLA Summer Sessions website, for information on fees and deadlines.
June 28, 2021 | 6 – 8 PM – Orientation
July 7, 2021 – August 11, 2021 – Mondays & Wednesdays | 6 – 8PM (no session on July 5th in observance of Independence Day)
Students will spend 8 weeks working on practice problems and challenge questions provided through the zyBooks online learning program in order to brush up on course content and comprehension.
Weekly check-ins during office hours with our undergraduate mentors will provide additional guidance. Ask questions about course content or what life as a UCLA Engineering student is like. Participants will also have an opportunity to work with other incoming eTransfers to prepare (in group study sessions) for the re-assessment at the end of the program. We’ll also be implementing some fun networking and competition activities!
Participant fee: $88 zyBooks license (open to 50 participants)
Information on making payment to zyBooks and access to the text book code will be provided on Monday, June 21, 2021.Please check back shortly.
To learn more about the Course Refresher program, please visit the Course Refresher webpage: https://etransfercenter.seas.ucla.edu/course_refresher.
Basic Training – design skills workshops
July 1, 2021 | 6 – 8 PM – Orientation
July 3 – July 24, 2021 – Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays | 9 – 2:30 PM on 7/3 and 7/10; & 9 – 12:30 PM on 7/17
Students increase their competitiveness for industry internships and lab work as they gain technical experience. Start building your engineering design-tool-belt at Basic Training. Students will learn coding, circuits, computer aided design (CAD) and fabrication, and working with Arduinos. Learning about these technologies will give you the essential tools to create your own projects and help you to get involved in our student design teams in your first year.
Participant fee: $0 (free and open to the first 50 registrants) – MUST participate in Basic Training in order to participate in HAcK.
For more information on Basic Training please visit our program website.
July 27 – August 12, 2021 – Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6 – 9 PM and Saturdays | 9 – 12:30 PM
eTransfer 101 is a UCLA Engineering orientation specifically designed to help incoming eTransfers make the most of year 1. You will meet other eTransfers, learn what to expect during your first year, decide what organizations and clubs you’d like to get involved with, and prepare for the fall industry recruiting season and winter academic research opportunities. eTransfer 101 is open to all incoming engineering students.
Participant fee: $0 free & open to all incoming eTransfers
To learn more about eTrasnfer 101 and see the scheduled events, please visit the program website: https://etransfercenter.seas.ucla.edu/etransfer-101-2021.
HAcK & Specialized Training for eTransfers
Orientation & Training –
Friday, August 13 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM,
Saturday, August 14 | 9:00 – 12:30 PM,
Monday, August 16 – Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM,
Friday, August 20, 2021 (Final Training & HAcK project reveal) | 6:00 – 9:00 PM,
HAcK Competition – Friday, August 20 – 22, 2021,
HAcK Awards Ceremony- Saturday, August 28 | 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Team up, work on a technical project, and prepare for the HaCK competition and design review. This activity will provide eTransfers an additional technical experience to share with recruiters. This experience will also allow eTransfers to start exploring various engineering fields and can help identify areas of interest. It’s also a lot of fun and there will be prizes!
Participant fee: $0 (Open to 50 participants; pre-requisites to participate include Diagnostic Tests, eTransfer 101, Basic Training, and Classroom Boot-Camp (Accelerator Boot Camp or CEED CISE or BREES).
Students completing these activities are invited to submit their resume for inclusion in the eTransfer Resume Portfolio that is shared with our industry partners.
For more information, please visit the HAcK 2020 page: https://sites.google.com/g.ucla.edu/2020-hack-at-transfer-bridge/home.
Classroom Boot Camp
Monday, August 23 | 6 – 8 PM – Welcome & Orientation
Tuesday, August 24 – Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Lecture – Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6 – 8 PM
Saturday, August 28 – Saturday, September 11, 2021 – Discussion Sessions – Saturdays | 9 – 12 PM
You will spend 3 weeks learning the first 3 weeks of content from either CS 32 or M20. You will experience the rigor of the classroom, start working with eTransfers who will be taking these classes with you, and take a sample examination or culminating project.
We recommend all eTransfers who need to take CS 32 or want to brush up on CS 32 content before taking CS 33 to enroll in the CS 32 Boot Camp. Students needing to take M20, want to learn or brush up on Matlab to enroll in the M20 Boot Camp.
Participant fee: $0 (Open and free to 50 participants) – supported by UCLA Samueli Engineering
For more information on Classroom Boot Camp, please visit the 2021 program website.
Accelerator helps with eTransfer Challenges
The summer Accelerator for eTransfers program activities were designed to address specific challenges shared by past generations of engineering transfer students. Here are some things we’ve heard from engineering transfer students that came before you:
Note: Transfer Bridge went through a name change in 2021 and is now being called Accelerator for eTransfers.
“I was lost in my CS 32 course. I ended up dropping the class and auditing CS 31, a class I already took at my previous institution. We spent a week on a topic that we spent 20 minutes on at my previous institution.” ~Computer Science Transfer Student in 2018.
“I wish Diagnostic Assessments were available in my incoming year. It would have saved me a lot of time and headache. My first year experience would have been a lot different.” ~The same Computer Science Transfer Student in 2021.
“My ECE 102 course was difficult because I took Math 33A & B a year ago. I had to spend time brushing up on my differential equations before being able to apply it on problem sets in class. I seem to spend all my weekends and breaks between terms trying to relearn concepts that are necessary for the classes I am taking.” ~Electrical Engineering Transfer Student in 2020.
“I took my coding class over a year ago and haven’t coded since. Participating in Classroom Boot Camp gave me a really good refresher for my first year at UCLA.” Transfer Bridge participant in 2020.
“Everything is such a whirlwind. We get to campus. They tell us to get involved in engineering orgs and apply for scholarships. Then there is the engineering career fair in week 3. I completely missed the fair because I wanted to prepare for my first set of mid-terms. My head is spinning. If I miss it in year 1, I’ll have only one more chance next year.” ~Civil Engineering Transfer Student in 2018.
“Knowing what each week will look like has prepared me to manage my time differently. The student panel gave us really good insight on what to expect while attending UCLA. The networking practice interviews with real professional engineers in industry was an excellent opportunity to get feedback on how to attain the same kind of success outside of school.” ~2020 eTransfer 101 participant.
“How do I find the other engineering transfers?” ~Civil Engineering Transfer Student in 2017.
“Meeting the other transfer students in Classroom Boot Camp, eTransfer 101, and the HAcK made me feel like I was a part of a community before classes started in the Fall. It was good to see people I met over the summer in my fall classes. We still get together.” 2019 Transfer Bridge participant.
I am an electrical engineering student with a 3.7 GPA. I don’t know what kind of work I want to do, I don’t really want to go to graduate school and my parents wouldn’t pay for it anyway. I’m graduating at the end of the quarter and I don’t know what to do. ~Conversation with an Electrical Engineering Transfer Student in 2019.
Transfer students that have participated in the Accelerator (previously the Transfer Bridge program) have out-performed their peers in the classroom with an average GPA in the first quarter of 3.6 participants vs. 3.3 transfers that did not participate (Fall 2020). Additionally, Accelerator participants have already surpassed the extra-curricular professional development (academic research, industry internships, participation in student design teams) in the first year of study in comparison to the two – three years it takes for transfer students that did not participate. These activities are vital in helping a student find an area within engineering to pursue and to strengthen their narrative when applying for employment or graduate study. ~GPA data, Senior exit survey data, and Bridge Participant Survey.
Summer Program Calendar
Accelerator Program Calendar
Hit this link to download a current copy of the Summer Accelerator Program calendar.
Event dates subject to change. Check back closer to the start of the program for an updated version. Last updated: June 10, 2021.
Before you register
- Please review Accelerator Programs to understand the activities and purpose. Check the calendar dates to make sure you can attend all events. Review any prerequisites needed for participation.
- You will note that we have program caps on certain programs as follows:
- Course Refresher – 75 participants max
- Basic Training – 50 participants max
- HAcK – 50 participants max
- Classroom Boot Camp – 50 participants max
- There are no caps on Diagnostic Assessments or eTransfer 101
- Please DO NOT sign-up for an activity that you are not certain you will attend. There will be a cancellation fee assessed for students who sign-up and do not attend, as follows:
- Basic Training – $125 cancellation fee for anyone missing more than 1 Basic Training topic
- HAcK – $225 cancellation fee
- Classroom Boot Camp – $150 cancellation fee
- Prerequisites – Students interested in participating in HAcK must complete Basic Training, eTransfer 101, and Classroom Boot Camp or CEED CISE or BREES.
How to register
Complete the Accelerator online registration form between Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM – Friday, June 25, 2021 at midnight.
After you register
You will receive an email from the Engineering Transfer Center inviting you to participate in the Accelerator Program you registered for if you were accepted into the program based on the program caps.
You will need to fill out and upload your Accelerator Participation Contract (there is a contract per program) and the Accelerator Administrative Forms. Your registration is NOT complete until these are submitted.
- Accelerator Participation Contract(s) will be emailed to you by the program before the start of the program. Save your file as FirstnameLastname_acceleratorprogram_contract.pdf. For example: JoeBruin_basictraining_contract.pdf.
- Administrative Forms
- Activities Waiver – related to Accelerator Program activities.
- Elective/ Voluntary Activities Waiver – related to voluntary activities that are NOT official program activities.
- Publicity Release – allows us to take photos and use them for Marketing and Reporting purposes
- SEASnet User Account Policy – if we need to remote desktop into UCLA Engineering
- Put all forms into one file and save your file name as Firstname_Lastname_ParticipantForms_2021.pdf. For example: JoeBruin_ParticipantForms_2021.pdf.
- Link to Administrative Forms.
Face-pic – find a good, high-resolution face-pic of yourself and save the file name as Firstname_Lastname_Foto.jpg For example: JoeBruin_Foto.jpg.
Write an auto-biographical sketch (3 – 4 sentences max). Tell us a bit about yourself. Include your UCLA major, where you are transferring from, something you enjoy doing, something you’re looking forward to at UCLA or something you’re worried about. You will copy and paste this into the Google Form.
Upload your materials to the Accelerator 2021 – Form Uploader Google Form.
WAITLIST – we will keep a waitlist for each program. Participants can reach out to program staff in the week before a program begins to see if there is a new spot available.
How to purchase your Course Refresher zyBooks license
The first 15 students who sign-up for Course Refresher will be provided their zyBooks license after Friday, June 25, 2021. Those wanting to purchase their zyBooks license now can do so by following these directions:
- Sign in or create an account at learn.zybooks.com
- Enter zyBook code: UCLASummerBridgeProgramSummer2021
- Below is a link to the the Accelerator Registration Tracker. This will help you to know what our office has received from you. You can find your information by looking for the first two initials of your last name and the first two numbers of your birth month and day in the “Student Code” column. For example, if a student has the name “Joe Bruin” and their birthday is “5/23/1919” then their student code will be “BR52.”
Please note that, with the exception of eTransfer 101, students must be invited to participate. If you are invited to participate you will receive a contract for the program you registered for and must complete and submit this form by the deadline. Invitations along with your contract will be sent before the start of the program throughout the summer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Summer Accelerator for Engineering Transfers?
The summer Accelerator for Engineering Transfer Students at UCLA Samueli is a series of essential summer activities designed to help engineering transfer students quickly acclimate to UCLA Samueli and successfully transition their learning from previous institutions. The program will help students maximize their experience at UCLA Engineering without a deep learning curve.
Transfer students have a shortened amount of time at UCLA Samueli Engineering to take advantage of extracurricular activities that will help them to decide on an area of interest in engineering, what career pathways they want to pursue after graduation, and what professional development will help them to be marketable.
The Accelerator activities is designed to assist our incoming transfer students prepare to maintain their classroom performance as they transition learning to UCLA Engineering. Additionally, our programs will provide you a ‘lay of the land’ with regard to opportunities, important dates through your first year, and help you prepare to take advantage of those opportunities. Finally, identifying other eTransfers in your fall classes can be difficult. Participating in the Accelerator ensures that you connect with other eTransfers before classes start in the fall.
Who should participate in the Accelerator?
All incoming eTransfers who are looking to make the most of their time at UCLA Engineering. The summer Accelerator was designed to address specific needs and challenges faced by our engineering transfer students. The goal of the Accelerator program is to bridge experiential and learning gaps to ease your transition to UCLA Engineering and maintain the stellar classroom performance that our transfers have achieved at their previous institution and to ‘accelerate’ access to activities that will help you prepare for a career as a professional engineer after graduation.
Is the Accelerator a selective program?
Accelerator is NOT selective. Certain activities have pre-requisites for participation and enrollment limitations. See below for details:
- Diagnostic Assessment Tests – Pre-requisites: must have already taken a course of the associated diagnostic test. Open to all eTransfers.
- Course Refresher – Pre-requisites: must have taken a diagnostic assessment, paid the zyBooks license fee. Enrollment: up to 50 participants.
- Basic Training – Pre-requisites: paid for parts and supplies needed for workshops. Enrollment: up to 50 participants.
- eTransfer 101 – Pre-requisites: paid the $10 registration fee. Open to all eTransfers.
- HAcK – Pre-requisites: taken a Diagnostic Test, participated in eTransfer 101, Basic Training, and Classroom Boot Camp or CEED – CISE or BREES. Enrollment: up to 50 participants
- Classroom Boot Camp: CS 32 Boot Camp prerequisite: taken the equivalent of CS 31. Enrollment: up to 50 participants.
Can anyone participate? Am I eligible?
All incoming UCLA Engineering Transfers are eligible (and encouraged) to participate in Accelerator. Please see information on pre-requisites in the ‘Is the Accelerator a selective program’ FAQ above for details.
What Diagnostic Asssessment Tests should I take?
All incoming UCLA Engineering Transfer students should take the Math (Linear Algebra) assessment test. We highly-recommend students to take any of our assessment tests available for course topics that you took previously.
What is a Summer Plan and when will I be contacted?
Engineering Transfer Center staff will look at the results of your Diagnostic Assessment Tests to see if there are any areas of weaknesses you should spend time over the summer addressing. Some of you may need to take a summer course based on the results of the assessments and your major. Our goal is to provide some guidance on what you might be able to accomplish over the summer and make sure you don’t over-commit.
The ETC staff will contact you starting Friday, June 11, 2021 through Thursday, June 17, 2021.
What is the difference between Course Refresher and Boot Camp?
Course Refresher – will help you to ‘brush-up’ on content you learned in a class that you already took. Topics are aligned with the Diagnostic Assessment tests and are designed to address any weaknesses identified through the results of your assessments. Participants will work with undergraduate mentors and other eTransfers to prepare to re-take the Diagnostic Assessment test at the end of Course Refresher.
Classroom Boot Camp – offers incoming eTransfers the opportunity to pre-learn content from CS 32 or M20. Participants will attend lecture and discussion sessions to get a feel for the rigor and structure of a UCLA Engineering classroom. Participants in the CS 32 Boot Camp must have taken and received credit for the equivalent of CS 31. Those needing to take CS 32 or 33 are welcome to register for the CS 32 Boot Camp. Students that don’t need to take CS 32 are welcome to register for the Matlab Boot Camp.
What is the difference between Classroom Boot Camp and CEED's BREES and CISE?
The courses covered in Classroom Boot Camp is not offered through the Center for Excellence in Engineering and Diversity (CEED) BREES and CISE programs, and vice versa. The Engineering Transfer Center (ETC) and CEED are working together to maximize support for our engineering transfer students. CEED programs are by invitation-only.
Will I get course credit for participating?
No, Accelerator does not offer class credit for participation.
It seems like the eTransfer 101 presentations are going to be posted on the website. Why should I attend the events?
eTransfer 101 will be offered through a flipped-event experience. Participants will be asked to view presentation material ahead of events. Our live virtual events (which will not be recorded) will offer participants an opportunity to hear testimony from current students, ask questions to staff and faculty invited to speak to eTransfer 101 topics, and to work on tasks. For example, students will be expected to watch a recording on drafting a resume focused on applying for an engineering position prior to the work session dedicated on having your resume peer-reviewed.
Additionally, we will host a networking session for eTransfers to get to know one another using the Gatherly event app. This app allows participants to freely move through the virtual event space and engage in conversation with people they approach. No more Zoom breakout rooms.
Do I need to purchase an eTransfer t-shirt to participate in eTransfer 101?
No, it is optional. You do not need to purchase an eTransfer t-shirt to participate in eTransfer 101.
What will the HAcK competition be like?
Similar to hack-a-thon competitions, participants will have 48 hours of intensive work to prepare their prototype or system for final competition. Teams will receive parts and tools required to design, build, test, iterate, and prepare for the final technical competition. Teams will submit their prototype for the technical challenge along with a design review presentation for judging at the end of the HAcK.
The results will be presented at the HAcK Awards ceremony.
What skills do I need to participate in the HAcK?
All HAcK participants will need to complete the Accelerator Program’s Basic Training. Additional skills will be provided at HAcK Training workshops.
How much does the program cost?
Many of the costs associated to running the Accelerator for eTransfers program are being supported by UCLA Samueli Engineering in 2021. This has enabled us to offer the program at a much reduced cost to our participants. Here are the participant fees for each component:
- Diagnostic Assessment Tests – $0 fees
- Course Refresher – $88 zyBooks license
- Basic Training – $125 parts and supplies
- eTransfer 101 – $10 fee for Gatherly event app + Optional $20 for eTransfer Students t-shirt
- HAcK – must participate in Basic Training
- Classroom Boot Camp – $0 fees
- Total if participating in all Accelerator activities – $243
Do I need to participate in all Accelerator activities or can I pick and choose?
While we highly recommend students to participate in all Accelerator activities, it is NOT required. The HAcK requires participants to have taken at least one Diagnostic Assessment and participate in eTransfer 101, Basic Training, and Classroom Boot Camp to be eligble to participate. Additionally, the ETC staff will contact students to create a Summer Plan for each student.
Can I work or take summer classes during Accelerator?
Participating in Accelerator, taking summer classes, holding a job, or participating in a summer internship or research are all full-time commitments. We highly advise participants to meet with an ETC staff member after June 9 to prepare a Summer Plan that is meaningful and accomplishable. We don’t want students to be overwhelmed the summer before school starts.
How do I register? How do I know if I was selected?
We will post a registration tracker on the website. Check back shortly.
How do I pay my fees?
We will provide you information on making payment shortly.
Are there Accelerator Program scholarships?
Will I have homework?
Yes, you may have homework tasks or assignments. Here is some information that will help you to understand the commitment:
- Course Refresher: 10 hours of work/ week/ topic
- Basic Training: 1 – 5 hours of work/ week
- eTransfer 101: 1 hour of work/ week
- HAcK Training: 1 – 5 hours of work/ week
- Classroom Boot Camp: 10 hours of work/ week
The Engineering Transfer Center offers support, resources, and activities to UCLA Engineering Transfer Students throughout the year. See our website for more information. Current eTransfer students will receive a weekly e-newsletter from the Center highlighting important information, deadlines, events and opportunities. Keep an eye out for these emails which will start in Welcome Week of the fall quarter.
Some things to look forward to early in the academic year:
eTransfer Student Welcome & Academic Year Kick-off
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 4:00 PM | Location to be announced
Meet fellow incoming and returning eTransfer students as we meet in-person for the first time since the pandemic (hopefully). We’ll share important quarter 1 information, introduce you to people and groups you want to connect with, and kick-off the new year!
UCLA Samueli Engineering Welcome, Engineering Student Organization Fair, and MentorSEAS Kick-off
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | Time and location to be announced.
Hear from our Deans as we kick off our new year and welcome the incoming freshmen and transfers. Meet your student leaders and important engineering staff that will help you navigate your way through quarter 1. Get the most up-to-date information on events and deadlines for the first weeks of the quarter. Learn more about the student organizations and see their prototypes (if we are in-person), and meet your MentorSEAS peer mentors who will provide you peer support and guidance through your first quarter and year!
Welcome Week (week 0) Drop in Advising at the Engineering Transfer Center
Thursday & Friday of Welcome Week (September 23 & 24, 2021) from 9:00 – 11:00 AM & 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The ETC Staff will be available for drop-ins (in-person or virtual) on Thursday and Friday of 0 week to ask questions.
Study Tables w/ tutor support
Starting in week 2 of each quarter, the Engineering Transfer Center will be offering study tables where engineering transfer students and their peers can come to study. We will hire a few tutors to be available for assistance.
Week 3 | Transfer Pride Week
Week 3 of each quarter is TRANSFER PRIDE week!!! In fall, we celebrate eTransfer pride by submitting (in week 2) a photo of you wearing a t-shirt or holding something that shows the institution you transferred from. Don’t forget to have this handy for week 3 pride!
Please email the eTransfer Center for additional questions or concerns at .