Accelerator For Engineering Transfer Students

 

The Accelerator for eTransfer Students at UCLA Samueli is designed to maximize the shortened time engineering transfer students have at UCLA engineering. It provides information on services throughout the year!

New Student Programs


Check out our New Student Programs page, you will find programs designed specifically for new transfer students, including:

A Guide to Your First Year


A transfer student’s first year can be overwhelming, so below are guides to your first year at UCLA Samueli Engineering. It provides a week by week breakdown of the year and how you should spend their time. Printable links can also be found below.

The Accelerator and Pathways guides were developed by engineering transfer students for incoming transfers to help ease the transition into UCLA and provide guidance for important events and deadlines throughout the year. Be sure to come to the Fall Welcome Reception at the beginning of the academic year.

Fall Quarter

Adjusting to Change
There’s a lot to get used to during your first quarter and this should be your top priority if you want to succeed! Take some time to explore the campus, revisit your study techniques, and be vigilant with the pace of the quarter system. Advocate for yourself in the classroom. Introduce yourself as a transfer student to your professors. Ask them for any advice on how you can transition your learning to UCLA and succeed in their course. Make it a point to get to know people in your classes. Form study groups right away and get started. Talk to returning transfer students about their experience.

Establishing your UCLA Samueli GPA
Moving forward, you will need to provide your UCLA GPA on resumes and applications for programs, scholarships, and any other professional development opportunities. It is important to establish a reasonably competitive GPA to increase your chances to participate in these opportunities or secure awards. Additionally, you don’t want your short 2 – 3 years at UCLA to only be about raising a low GPA.

Engineering and Tech Career Fair – Summer Industry Internships
This occurs during Week 3 of Fall quarter (when you should be preparing for your first set of midterms) and is incredibly important to attend if you are trying to land that first industry internship. Transfers will likely have 1 – 2 opportunities to attend the fair before needing to secure employment after graduation. Note to transfers – attend even if it is to learn and do better next year!
Be sure to have a copy of your resume looked at and practice your elevator pitch for the fair! There will also be information sessions in the weeks before the event to help you learn the best strategies when navigating the fair.

Getting to Know Your Community
This is important for everyone! The best part of UCLA is the people you’ll meet, so you need to put some effort into getting to know those around you. Get to know everyone:
your classmates, roommates, professors, staff, etc. Learn about engineering clubs, resources and support, networking opportunities, and other extra-curricular professional development opportunities. Figure out which community you want to invest yourself in through your time at UCLA Samueli. Join us at eTransfer Student events!

Reflect on what you hope to gain from your time at UCLA
Ask yourself, what you are hoping to walk away from this experience with? What do you want to gain from the UCLA Samueli Engineering experience and how will it help you move on to life after graduation. This information will help you to evaluate your first year (something included in the Spring Quarter Focus) and what to plan for in your second year. Focus on getting to know UCLA Engineering, concentrate on class performance, and the Engineering and Tech Fair

Week 0

UCLA Samueli Engineering Welcome & eStudent Fair – Ackerman Grand Ballrooms, Hear from the Deans, engineering student orgs, and important information to rock your 1st year.

MentorSEAS Kick-off & eTransfer Student Welcome Reception – meet your peer mentor, other eTransfer students, and hear about activities and resources from the eTransfer Center specifically tailored for the engineering transfer student.

Attend Club and Organization info-sessions – collect information; but, don’t overcommit. 1st quarter is about easing transition & class performance.

 

Week 1

Advocate for yourself in the classroom – Meet your professor and TA. Identify as a transfer student and ask if there is anything you should review to make the transition into the classroom successful.

Don’t go it alone – Make a friend in each of your classes. Have someone to answer questions, sound-board, freak out with, and study with.

Generate your itinerary – populate your planner with assignments, exams, registrar deadlines, etc. Use this as a guide to plan out your 10 weeks.

Evaluate your course schedule – see your Academic Counselor if you want to make changes.

 

Week 2

Start working on your UCLA Samueli Scholarship application – 1 application = consideration for multiple scholarships!

Engineering & Technical Fair (see week 3) resume-prep drop-in advising – Boelter Hall 6288

Try and land your first summer industry internship – Attend an Engineering & Technical Fair preparation info-session to learn strategies to identify companies and improve your interaction with representatives.

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables – begin & continue through week 10. Tutoring is also available through Tau Beta Pi & various engineering student organizations (see eTransfer Center website for links).

UCLA Engineering Faculty Advising – weeks 1 – 3. Hear from engineering students at a different point in the educational journey & about engineering research.

 

Week 3

Fall UCLA Engineering & Technical Fair – Ackerman Grand Ballroom

Give back to the community college community – volunteer at UCLA Engineering Day for Community College students.

Midterm season prep – start prepping for midterms that will start soon.

 

Week 4

Midterm season prep – Visit office hours to ask clarifying questions & gather information on exam content.

Week 5

Midterms are here

UCLA Samueli Scholarship applications due

Schedule an appointment with your Academic Counselor to plan out your winter quarter courses

 

Week 6

Instructor Office Hours post mid-term exams – discuss the outcome of midterm & any problems you got wrong.

eTransfer Center Life after mid-terms workshop & preparing for final exams

Winter enrollment begins

Week 7

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Veteran’s Day Holiday – November 11

 

Week 8

Thanksgiving Holiday – November 22 & 23

 

Week 9

eTransfer Center Paid Summer Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship info-session – take the ultimate dive into using your engineering skills to solve problems. Contribute to the body of knowledge and advance innovation. See if graduate school is for you and get paid to do it.

Week 10

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

eTransfer Center Study Break at the Center – stop by the Center for a quick snack

Winter Quarter

Thoughts from engineering transfers that came before you…

Next steps
After completing a quarter at UCLA Engineering you have a better understanding of the classroom expectations and your performance ability. As you make decisions on how to increase or maintain your classroom performance, it’s now time to consider getting involved in extra-curricular activities that will help enhance your time at UCLA Engineering and improve your competitiveness in securing a job after graduation or a spot in an engineering graduate program.

Engineering Student Organizations, Design Teams & Technical Projects
If you haven’t yet joined an engineering student organization, it may be time to consider it.
Student organizations offer many benefits that include:
a. Leadership opportunities that can be added to your resume.
b. Working with & building community with engineers you will work with in the future.
c. Tutoring services, study tables, or exam-prep events.
d. Important networking opportunities that enable you to connect with alumni working in industry, company reps, and recruiters.
e. Resources and opportunities for students leveraged from the national parent organization like IEEE, ASCE, ASME, etc.
f. Student organizations often have design workshops and scaffolding that enable students to engage in technical work.
g. Design teams are an excellent way to gain some hands-on engineering experience.
Apply what you learn in the classroom on a technical project. These are particularly
important experiences to share when speaking to recruiters.
Transfer students have 2 – 3 years to participate in these activities. There are a limited amount of leadership and project positions with student organizations and you’ll need to be a member before you can be elected into office. We will host a Winter Quarter recruitment fair in week 2 of the quarter.

Applying for Academic Research & Paid Summer Academic Research
It’s also time to consider applying for an engineering research experience. Participating in
academic research is another great professional development opportunity to use your
engineering skills to solve a problem or add new knowledge to the academic community.
It’s also a great way to gain exposure to what graduate school might be like. The
The recruitment period for paid summer academic research programs starts in January – March. The UCLA Samueli Engineering Undergraduate Research Program will be hosting info- sessions on their academic year and summer program. Keep your eyes out for even dates. Anyone who hasn’t secured a summer internship should consider applying for academic research.

Start thinking about your summer plans
Summers offer a great, undistracted, time for students to gain some technical experience.
In addition to summer internships in industry or academic research labs; students can elect to take an Engineering 96 Design Class (or lead one), lead a technical project team at
Transfer Bridge, or create their own DIY technical project at home. The goal is to increase your technical experience and the summer is a great time to do it.

 

Week 1

Student clubs & organizations –assess your bandwidth and consider getting involved in something. Attend networking events, join a design or project team, volunteer.

REU application – Drop-in advising at eTransfer Center (weeks 3 – 7)

Advocate for yourself in the classroom – Meet your professor and TA. Identify as a transfer student and ask if there is anything you should review to make the transition into the classroom successful.

Don’t go it alone – Make a friend in each of your classes. You will want to know someone to ask questions, sound-board, freak out with, and study with.

Generate your itinerary – populate your planner with assignments, exams, registrar deadlines, etc. Use this as a guide to plan out your 10 weeks.

Evaluate your course schedule – see your Academic Counselor if you want to make changes.

Consider taking an Engineering 96 – gain some hands-on design experience to help you discover things you enjoy & to share when applying for programs and positions.

 

Week 2

Faculty Advising – office hours are generally available in weeks 1 – 3. MUST complete this by the spring quarter or a hold will be placed on your record.

eTransfer Center Paid Summer Academic Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internship info-session 

REU application – order your transcripts, request letters of recommendation, start your statement of purpose and application

Winter Engineering & Technical Fair (see week 3) resume-prep drop-in advising

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables – begin & continue through week 10. Tutoring is also available through Tau Beta Pi & various engineering student organizations.

 

Week 3

Winter UCLA Engineering & Technical Fair

Midterm season prep– start prepping for midterms that will start soon.

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

REU application – Drop-in advising at eTransfer Center (week 3 & 4)

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – January 18

 

Week 4

REU application – Drop-in advising at eTransfer Center (week 3 & 4)

Undergraduate Research Program – finding a research lab info-session

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Midterm season prep – Visit office hours to ask clarifying questions & gather information on exam content.

Week 5

Midterms are here, again!

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Week 6

Summer paid Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) application deadlines – generally mid-February

Transfer Student Research Panel – learn about what it is like doing research and how doing research can benefit you and affect your career trajectory

Instructor Office Hours post-mid-term exams – discuss the outcome of midterm & any problems you got wrong.

Schedule an appointment with your Academic Counselor to plan out your spring quarter courses

Week 7

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

President’s Day Holiday – February 18

Work hard – play hard – make some spring break plans!

 

Week 8

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Volunteer at Engineering Day for prospective transfer students 

 

Week 9

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Week 10

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

eTransfer Center Study Break at the Center – stop by the Center for a quick snack

Spring Quarter

Thoughts from engineering transfers that came before you…

Planning for the future
The spring quarter is a good time to reflect on your experiences and make some decisions. Think about the goals you set for yourself in the fall. Were you able to accomplish your goals? If you didn’t, why? What did you learn from these experiences? How will you use this to inform what comes next? At this point, some transfers are halfway through their time as a UCLA Samueli undergraduate. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your academic counselor to verify your course plan for your remaining time and to make sure you are on track to graduation. The next step will be to think about life after graduation. Common pathways include looking for a job or continuing your education into graduate school. What will you need to be competitive in these markets? What experiences can you leverage to make yourself more competitive than other candidates applying for the positions you are seeking? With just a year or two left, you will want to spend some time ensuring you have the extracurricular engineering experiences that are valued by recruiters and the networking opportunities to get to share them.

Network
If you haven’t had a chance, start honing your networking skill & identify the key players. Join the eTransfer Center events that help connect current students with alumni working in industry or continuing their engineering education in graduate school. Hear some valuable testimony, practice your networking skills, and reflect on what has to happen to transition to life after graduation. Faculty are also an excellent resource for hearing about educational and professional pathways. By the way, your Faculty Advising requirement is due by spring quarter. Avoid the hold on your record and get this done!

What are your summer plans?
The summer is an excellent time for students to gain valuable extra-curricular professional development. There are many internships and formalized programs that help engineering students apply what they learn in the classroom to an engineering project or real-world problem. The summer offers a short period of time, without the distraction of classes, to focus on these opportunities and investigate things you might want to pursue after graduation. If you haven’t secured a summer internship or spot in a research lab, consider these other activities:

1) Engineering 96 Design course (available in the spring and summer) provides an opportunity to work on an engineering technical project and utilize your knowledge of engineering theory and design tools.
2) You can also do something on your own. Don’t discount the DIY at-home engineering project. There are some key components that need to be included to make this an experience that will be valued in the engineering community; but, who said your professional development needed to come from a formalized program?

 

Week 1

Advocate for yourself in the classroom – Meet your professor and TA. Identify as a transfer student and ask if there is anything you should review to make the transition into the classroom successful.

Don’t go it alone – Make a friend in each of your classes. You will want to know someone to ask questions, sound-board, freak out with, and study with.

Generate your itinerary – populate your planner with assignments, exams, registrar deadlines, etc. Use this as guide to plan out your 10 weeks.

Evaluate your course schedule – see your Academic Counselor if you want to make changes.

 

Week 2

Faculty Advising – office hours are generally available in weeks 1 – 3. MUST complete this or a hold will be placed on your record – oh no!

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables – begin & continue through week 10. Tutoring is also available through Tau Beta Pi & various engineering student organizations

 

Week 3

Midterm season prep– start prepping for midterms that will start soon.

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Discover UCLA Samueli Engineering – volunteer at our flagship recruiting event of the year!

 

Week 4

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Midterm season prep – Visit office hours to ask clarifying questions & gather information on exam content.

Week 5

Midterms are here

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Week 6

Instructor Office Hours post mid-term exams – discuss the outcome of midterm & any problems you got wrong.

Schedule an appointment with your Academic Counselor to plan out your summer/fall quarter courses

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Transfer Bruin Day – Volunteer with eTransfer Center & meet the engineering admits!

Week 7

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Graduate School info-session – are you considering applying to graduate school? Applications are generally due fall of the year before enrollment

 

Week 8

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

 

Week 9

eTransfer Center End of the Year Banquet

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

Memorial Day holiday – May 31

Week 10

Weekly upper-division engineering courses study tables

eTransfer Center Study Break at the Center – stop by the Center for a quick snack

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring


Peer advisors are here to help answer questions, provide guidance, and offer referrals to campus resources!

Have a question?  Need some guidance?  Had a rough day and want some support? Want to know how to better prepare for midterms? Need Midterm study strategies?

Book a virtual appointment with a peer advisor!

 

Celebrate eTransfers

Celebrate eTransfers


Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of the UCLA Samueli Engineering Transfer Students.  At a time when our community is dispersed throughout the world and campus convening has been restricted due to the pandemic, the UCLA Samueli Engineering Transfer Center student staff decided to capture some end of the year excitement and reflect on the journey we’ve been on in the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Check out our celebration page here.

 

Opportunities for eTransfers

Opportunities for eTransfers

Student Positions

Student Staff & Peer Advisors (Come work with us!)

Transfer Bridge Mentors

Join the Student Advisory Board

Volunteer

Discover Engineering & Transfer Bruin Day

Engineering Clubs with Transfer Officers

MentorSeas, ASCE, SOLES, HKN

Additional Resources

Health and Mental Wellness

Part of being successful at UCLA is taking care of your health and mental wellness. Some services that you might want to use:

  • Physical health care and concerns: The Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center (The Ashe Center)
  • Mental wellness: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Fitness and exercising: UCLA Recreation

Visit this list of health and wellness resources.

Academic Counseling and Advising

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) provides academic counseling and advising for engineering undergraduate students. Check out our Academic Counseling and Advising page for more information about their services.

We encourage transfer students to meet with your academic counselors at least once per quarter to ensure timely progress to degree completion.

Tutoring and Study Sessions

Are you struggling in your classes? Do you find it difficult to join a study group? Check out our Tutoring and Study Sessions page for tutoring services and study sessions with other engineering students.

Opportunities

We encourage you to consider participating in an enhanced learning opportunity to supplement your ‘in-class’ learning. These valuable professional development experiences will provide you with the opportunity to apply the skills you learn in the classroom that are vital to making yourself more competitive in the job market, or as an applicant to a graduate program after graduation. As a student at Samueli Engineering, we encourage you to consider participating in one or more of the following:

  • Research
  • Internships
  • Student organizations
  • Scholarships
  • On-campus jobs

Check out our Opportunities page for more information.