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.

Accelerator info-session (save the date)

Monday, June 3, 2024 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM | Event will be hosted on Zoom
Session slides

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The summer before you start is an important time for incoming engineering transfer students to prepare for your first year.  You will have half the time at Bruin Engineering before having to apply for a job as a professional engineer or pursuing for an advanced degree in engineering.  You will quickly learn that taking courses is only the first step in exploring the world of engineering, connecting with and networking with people, and gaining the hands-on technical experience that is needed to be marketable.

Accelerator was created to help our engineering transfer students to transition their learning to UCLA Engineering, connect the dots on the importance of utilizing all that Bruin Engineering has to offer in preparation for life after graduation as a professional engineer.

At this info-session, you will learn more about the Accelerator programs, why you would want to participate, and how to register.  There are several Accelerator programs and resources which include:

             Diagnostic Assessments (available on June 4)
             zyBooks Course Refresher
             eTransfer 101
            Basic Training skills workshop
            HAcK Technical Competition
            Classroom Boot Camp

Our Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) Counselor will also join us to share some important information about next steps.  For some majors, taking a summer session course is highly recommended to reduce your time to degree.  Finally, we will share some important dates for the summer.

Your Bruin Engineering experience begins at Accelerator.  Don’t miss the info-session!

New Student Programs

Diagnostic Assessment Tests

Are available beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2024 

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To access the Diagnostic Assessments, please visit the Diagnostic Assessment web page.

Engineering transfer students (eTransfers) who submit their intent to register (SIR) by June 1 will receive an invitation on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 to take Diagnostic Assessments to help you assess your knowledge and strengthen any areas that may prevent you from succeeding in your first year courses.  Students can view the results of their scores to determine the best course of action to brush up on content before fall quarter classes.

The Diagnostic Assessment Tests are available in the following subjects:

      • UCLA’s CS 31 (C++)* – to test your proficiency; particularly if you need to take CS 32
      • CS 32* – to test your proficiency; particularly if you need to take CS 33
      • Math 33 A (Linear Algebra)** – all students should take this assessment if you have taken this class
      • Math 33 B (Differential Equations)** – all students should take this assessment if you have taken this class
      • ECE 10 (Circuits) – take this if you want to check your proficiency
      • M20 (Matlab)– take this if you want to check your proficiency

*UCLA’s CS 31, 32, and 33 courses are rigorous courses.  Faculty who teach this course have helped us to create the Diagnostic Assessment to help students understand if they are prepared to take CS 32 or 33 at UCLA.  

** Math concepts in differential equations and linear algebra will be utilized in your upper-division engineering courses to solve engineering problems rather than equations.  Students will want to brush-up on these concepts before starting courses.

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.  Please note these assessments will NOT earn you credit for any courses.  They are for gaining an understanding of your core proficiency in order to address any gaps in learning and preparation needed for subsequent courses at UCLA Engineering. Students should spend the summer brushing-up on concepts before the start of fall quarter.

Based on the results from the assessments, students have elected to self-study using our zyBooks Course Refresher online textbook, pulling out their notes and textbook from the course they took, or auditing a summer session course if they are weak in more than 1/3 the course content.  Information on the zyBooks Course Refresher textbook will be provided at the Accelerator info-session.

There is no fee for taking the tests.  We recommend all incoming eTransfers take the relevant assessment for any class they took at their previous institution.

Participant fee: $0 (Open and free to all incoming eTransfer students)
For more information and to access the tests, visit our Diagnostic Assessment webpage.

 

New Student Programs

zyBooks Online Course Refresher textbook


To help students brush-up on courses they have taken at their previous institution, we have created an online textbook that includes practice problems, challenge questions, and practice-labs aligned with the content from our Diagnostic Assessment tests.

The Diagnostic Assessment questions to zyBooks chapter mapping can be viewed by clicking the link for the appropriate course below: 

Please visit the Course Refresher website for instructions on how to use the mapping documents. 

Students utilizing our zyBooks textbook will get to spend their summer brushing-up on modules of their choice.  zyBooks will provide feedback as participants work on practice problems to focus on learning the content.

zyBook license fee: $98
Students may begin subscribing to the UCLA Accelerator Course Refresher 2024 zyBook on June 4, 2024 and the cutoff to subscribe is Nov 28, 2024. Subscriptions will last until Jan 15, 2025.

Here are the instructions to purchase your license:

    • Sign in or create an account at learn.zybooks.com
    • Enter zyBook code: UCLAAcceleratorCourseRefresher_2024
    • Subscribe

To learn more about the Course Refresher program, please visit the Course Refresher webpage: https://etransfercenter.seas.ucla.edu/course_refresher.

New Student Programs

eTransfer Student mentors


Engineering Transfer Student mentors are available over the summer to provide peer-advising and tutoring through our ETC Discord Server. Need some help with your summer session course or brushing-up on concepts you were weak on identified through the Diganostic Assessments?  Our mentors are here for you.  Want to get some insight to what classes or fall internship-recruiting is like?  Want them to take a look at your resume?  Ask your mentor.  Students will receive an email on June 24 inviting you to join our ETC Discord Server where you can reach out to our mentors!

Your mentors will also plan some fun activities for our incoming engineering transfer students to help them get to know one another over the summer.

Activities & dates:

Virtual Game Night with prizes
Friday, July 12, 2024 | 6 – 7:30 PM

Bruin Engineers share & tell: learn what the returning students know (virtual)
Friday, August 9, 2024 | 6 – 7:30 PM

Q & A about fall courses & registration (virtual)
Friday, August 30 , 2024 | 6 – 7:30 PM

Meet the Mentors at the eTransfer Student Fall Welcome & Kick-off (in-person)
Wednesday, September 25, 2024 from 6 – 7:30 PM

New Student Programs

eTransfer 101: for engineering transfers – do not miss this!


Evenings starting Wednesday, June 5, 2024 – Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Please see program web page for workshop dates

eTransfer 101 is an 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 your road-map for year 1.  Do not miss these workshops!

eTransfer 101 is open to all incoming engineering students. 

Participant fee: $0 free & open to all incoming eTransfers

To learn more about eTransfer 101 and see the scheduled events, please visit the program website.

New Student Programs

Basic Training – design skills workshops

Engineering 96 – UCLA Summer Session course


Evenings and weekends from Monday, June 24, 2024 – July 20, 2024

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 & working with Arduinos, computer aided design (CAD) and fabrication.  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.   Add skills to your resume for fall recruiting!

Workshops are virtual with the exception of the June 20, 2024 session which will be held in the UCLA Innovation Lab Makerspace.  The in-person training on July 20th is optional; but, highly recommended for HAcK participants.

Workshop schedule:

  • Monday, June 24, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Welcome, Orientation, and skills-inventory
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Coding 1: Python
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Coding 2: Webdev using React.js
  • Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Coding 3: React.js & git
  • Monday, July 1, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – CAD 1: Intro to CAD: Sketching & Features Essentials
  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – CAD 2: Complex Modeling
  • Monday, July 8, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – CAD 3: Assemblies & Drawings
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 6 -9 PM – Circuits 1: Intro to Circuits
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Circuits 2: Advanced Circuits
  • Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Circuits 3: Intro to Raspberry Pi
  • Monday, July 15, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Circuits 4: Advanced Pi
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – To be announced
  • Wednesday, July 17, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – To be announced
  • Thursday, July 18, 2024 | 6 – 9 PM – Engineering Design Process & Engineering Mindset,
  • Saturday, July 20, 2024 | 9 AM – 1 PM – Intro to UCLA Engineering MakerSpace (in-person) – Optional; but recommended for those participating in-person at HAcK)

Participant fee: $0 (free and open to the first 50 registrants) –  Student completing Basic Training will be invited to participate in the HAcK technical competition.

For more information on Basic Training, please visit last year’s Basic Training website.

The Basic Training application will be opened in Spring 2024. For more information, please contact Wes Uehara, Program Director, at wuehara@seas.ucla.edu 

New Student Programs

HAcK Technical Competition

Engineering 96 UCLA Summer Session course
New for 2024 – Northrop Grumman Corporation will join us at HAcK! Stay-tuned for additional information on activities. 


Monday, July 22, 2024 (6 – 9 PM) – HAcK Orientation & Training
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 (6 – 9 PM) – Specialized Training
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 (6 – 9 PM) – Specialized Training
Thursday, July 25, 2024 (6 – 9 PM) – HAcK Competition Reveal & Team Assignments
Friday, July 26, 2024 (9 AM – 10 PM) – HAcK Day 1 (in-person or remote)
Saturday, July 27, 2024 (9 AM – 10 PM) – HAcK Day 2 (in-person or remote)
Sunday, July 28, 2024 (9 AM – 7 PM) – HAcK Day 3 (in-person or remote)
Sunday, July 28, 2024 (7 – 10 PM) – HAcK Prototype Performance Competition (in-person or remote)
Monday, July 29, 2024 – Design Review presentation submission deadline
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 (9 AM – 6 PM) – Northrop Grumman Corporation Space Park – by invitation-only (in-person)
Saturday, August 3, 2024 (9:30 – 11 PM) – HAcK Awards Ceremony

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 in the fall. Show your ability to use your skills and design tools to accomplish this technical challenge. 

This experience will also help participants to start exploring various engineering fields and identify areas of interest.  It’s also a lot of fun and there will be prizes!

HAcK is run in a hybrid format accommodating students participating in-person as well as remotely.  Remote participants will be assigned portions of the project that do NOT involve hardware prototyping.  While there is an option to participate remotely, we highly encourage students to participate in-person for the full experience.  In year’s past, students have commuted in to UCLA, arranged to stay at a relative or friend’s house that lives in Los Angeles.

Participant fee: $0 (Open to 50 participants)
Students that participate in HAcK will be invited to apply for the Northrop Grumman Experience!

Pre-requisites to participate include attending eTransfer 101, Basic Training, and Classroom Boot Camp or CEED Breeze or CISE Bridge programs.

For more information, please visit last year’s HAcK page: https://etransfercenter.seas.ucla.edu/2023_hack/.

The HAcK application will be opened in Spring 2024.  For more information, please contact Wes Uehara, Program Director, at wuehara@seas.ucla.edu

 

New Student Programs

Classroom Boot Camp 

Engineering 23 – UCLA Summer Session course


Monday – Friday 6 – 9 PM starting Monday, August 19, 2024 through Thursday, September 12, 2024.
Final examination – Friday, September 13, 2024

You will spend 3 weeks learning the 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 work on a 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. 

Schedule:

  1. Monday, August 19, 2024, 6 – 8 PM Welcome, Orientation & Skill-inventory
  2. Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  3. Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  4. Thursday, August 22, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  5. Monday, August 26, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  6. Tuesday, August 27, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  7. Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  8. Thursday, August 29, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  9. Tuesday, September 3, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  10. Wednesday, September 4, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  11. Thursday, September 5, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  12. Monday, September 9, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  13. Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  14. Wednesday, September 11, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  15. Thursday, September 12, 2024, 6 – 8 PM
  16. Friday, September 13, 2024 | Final Examination & Project Submission (time tba)

Participant fee: $0 (Open and free to 50 participants) – supported by UCLA Samueli Engineering
Participants will need to enroll in our Engineering 23 Summer Session and will receive a P/NP grade for Classroom Boot Camp.  Campus has decided to waive the summer session fee for those that are invited to participate. 

Register for Classroom Boot Camp visit the Registration section on the bottom of this web page. 

 

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.

Application & Registration – will open on June 4, 2024

Application for Accelerator Programs are as follows:

Registration for selected participants:

Participants will be notified on June 17, 2024 about their acceptance into Basic Training, HAcK, and Classroom Boot Camp.  Please do NOT submit registration materials unless you are sent a confirmation to participate.

Do not submit registration materials until you have received your invitation to participate email. 

To complete your registration, please review and complete the following:

  • Fill out your Accelerator Contract & Administrative forms (click this link)  and submit it through the Accelerator Registration form (see below) – asap and no later than Friday, June 21, 2024
    • Activities Waiver for all Accelerator activities,
    • Elective Voluntary Activities Waiver for all activities that you participate in connection to your formal Accelerator activities
    • Publicity Release
    • SEASnet User Account Policy
  • Save your files as follows:
    • Accelerator Contract and Administrative Forms (see above) into one .pdf file and save it using your first name, last name, and the word forms.  For example – JoeBruin_forms.pdf.
  • Submit your Accelerator Registration form with your signed contract and administrative forms – due asap and no later than Friday, June 21, 2024

Basic Training & HAcK participants, you will also need to complete and submit the following as soon as possible and no later than Friday July 5, 2024: 

  • A Face-pic of yourself.  Please make sure your face is the focus of this image, that it is high-resolution (300 dpi or better), cropped to a square.
  • Complete the UCLA Environment, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Lab Safety Fundamental Concepts training.  This course is required of all UCLA Engineering students who are working in a lab or the UCLA Makerspace.  For instructions, please review the following:
    • Click this link to access the UCLA EH&S training website, called WORKSAFE
    • Log-on using your UCLA LogOn ID or follow the links to get help.
    • In the search bar, located in the upper-right corner, type the code LSFC (Lab Safety Fundamental Concepts) and hit the search icon.
    • Click the Lab Safety Fundamentals course on the screen and begin the training.
    • Complete the course by taking the quiz and save your certificate of completion by hitting the icon to Print your Certificate.

Save your files as follows:

  • Lab Safety Fundamental Concepts completion certificate as a .pdf with your first name, last name, and the word training.  For example – JosieBruin_training.pdf.
  • Face pic as a .jpg with your first name, last name, and the word foto.  For example – JuniorBruin_foto.jpg.
  • Upload your files to the 2024 Accelerator Participant Form Uploader: https://forms.gle/ey5yFYCc9cXgY8dRA.

Track your application, registration, lab safety, and photo submissions here!

 

Please click this link to verify that we received your Accelerator application for Basic Training, HAcK and/or Classroom Boot Camp.

Basic Training & HAcK participants can verify if we received your Registration, Accelerator Contract, Administrative Forms (4) on the Registration tracker and your Lab Safety Training certificate, and face-picture by checking the Forms uploader by clicking this link.

You can find your information by using the first letter of your first name and the last letter of your last name. For example, if your name is Josie Bruin, you will look for ‘J’ and ‘N’ to find your information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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.
  • zyBooks Course Refresher – Pre-requisites: paid the zyBooks license fee.  Open to all eTransfers.
  • Basic Training – Pre-requisites: none. Enrollment: up to 50 participants.
  • eTransfer 101 – Pre-requisites: none. Open to all eTransfers.
  • HAcK – Pre-requisites: Basic Training, eTrasnfer 101, 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 & Differential Equations) assessment test.  We highly-recommend students to take any of our assessment tests available for course topics that you took previously.

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.  Students can spend the summer brushing-up on content and will be invited to re-take the Diagnostic Assessment tests at the end of the summer to see if their efforts have helped their proficiency.

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?

Some 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.  

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.  While we highly recommend attending HAcK in-person, we invite those outside the Los Angeles area to participate remotely. 

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?

Costs associated to running the Accelerator for eTransfers program are being supported by UCLA Samueli Engineering and donors to the Engineering Transfer Center.  This has enabled us to offer the program at a much reduced cost to our participants.

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 students to participate in Basic Training, eTransfer 101,  and Classroom Boot Camp.

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 consider your commitments before signing-up for summer activities.

Will I have homework?

Yes, you may have homework tasks or assignments.  Here is some information that will help you to understand the commitment:

  • 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

How do I register? How do I know if I was selected?

An invitation to register for Accelerator will be sent on June 3rd after the Accelerator info-session. 

Additional Summer Activities

New Student Sessions for Transfer Students

Each New Student Session is an extensive introduction to the academic and campus life at UCLA. New Student Sessions for transfer students (those coming to UCLA directly from another institution) are one day.

Your session includes:

  • Information on your major, course planning, and fulfilling graduation requirements
  • Enrolling in your Fall Quarter classes
  • Workshops and presentations on UCLA’s student services, such as housing, financial aid, and extracurricular activities
  • Presentations and information on graduate programs, professional schools, and career opportunities

Engineering transfers will meet with an academic counselor from the School of Engineering during the New Student Session. To learn more about New Student Sessions, including how to sign-up, visit the UCLA New Student Academic Programs website.  If you are unable to attend the New Student Session, please email the UCLA Samueli Engineering Office of Academic and Student Affairs at orientation@seas.ucla.edu with your full name and UID to notify them that you cannot attend orientation.

UCLA Samueli Engineering Office of Academic and Student Affairs

The UCLA Samueli Engineering Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is home of your academic counselors.  We encourage all incoming engineering transfer students to visit the OASA website to familiarize themselves with the resources available to engineering students.

The website will provide information on how to request an appointment with your counselor.  We also highly-encourage students to visit the page for New Incoming Student Frequently Asked Questions for information on credit for community college courses as well as the Curriculum Requirements page for sample 2 year plans by Department.

New Student Programs

UCLA Summer Sessions


Summer Session A begins on June 24, 2024 – see UCLA Summer Sessions website for courses, schedule, fees, and deadlines.

For some of you, taking a UCLA Summer Session class is encouraged.  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:

  1. Any missing course prep required for admission (Chemistry, Physics, or Math) – all majors
  2. Bioengineering – Physics 1C, Math 33 A, and Math 33B
  3. Chemical Engineering majors – MAE or CEE M20 (Matlab) 
  4. Materials Science & Engineering majors – MAT SCI 104
  5. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering majors – Chem 20B and MAE 82

These courses will enable you to more seamlessly continue your education in the fall and reduce your time to degree.  

Participant fee: See the UCLA Summer Sessions website, for information on fees and deadlines.

Academic Year

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:

New Student Programs

UCLA Samueli Engineering Welcome, Engineering Student Organization Fair, and MentorSEAS Kick-off


Wednesday, September 25, 2024 | 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!

eTransfer Student Welcome & Academic Year Kick-off


Wednesday, September 25, 2024
6 – 8 PM 
Location will be emailed to students in the week approaching the start of Fall 2024

Meet fellow incoming and returning eTransfer students as we meet in-person for the first time.  We’ll share important quarter 1 information, introduce you to people and groups you want to connect with, and kick-off the new year!

Welcome Week (week 0) Drop in Advising at the Engineering Transfer Center


Our staff will be available on Thursday & Friday of week 0 to answer any questions.  Come on by!

Week 3 | Transfer Pride Week


Week 3 of each quarter is TRANSFER PRIDE week!!!  Come by the ETC for a treat!

Please email the eTransfer Center for additional questions or concerns at etransfercenter@hsseas.ucla.edu.