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OASIS Programs

We are very pleased that you have chosen to attend the University of California, San Diego! We are sure that you will experience great intellectual and personal development as you work toward graduation.

As a new UC San Diego student (freshman or first-year transfer student), the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) — UC San Diego's campus learning center — offers you many opportunities for academic enrichment and growth as you integrate into the university.

Our OASIS Programs offer opportunities to proactively engage in structured experiences in order to ensure academic success, student retention, and social satisfaction.

OASIS Programs include:

  • Summer Bridge: A year-long transition program for incoming freshman students that begins with an intensive 5 week residential & academic component in August. Summer Bridge continues throughout the academic year, providing academic & personal support throughout your first year at UC San Diego.

  • TRIO Student Support Services Program & Summer Experience: (freshmen and transfers): This program designed for freshmen and transfer students offers tutoring, workshops, mentoring, and extracurricular activites throughout your entire career at UC San Diego.

  • 2Excel: (sophomores): 2Excel is a retention program serving second-year students. The program is a year-long commitment starting Fall through Spring quarter.

  • Guardian Scholars Program: The Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is committed to supporting current and former foster youth at UCSD through a variety of holistic services that aid the students in achieving a college degree. The GSP understands that there are many hardships that foster youth endure and strives to be a resource and advocate for all its students. 

Our year-long, community-oriented programs provide a tremendous benefit to UC San Diego by contributing to a campus environment of intellectual diversity and excellence. Such an educational environment is critical to prepare all aspects of the campus community for an increasingly pluralistic society. Therefore, one of our major goals is to further develop the talents and proficiencies OASIS Program students bring to UC San Diego, which in turn maximizes their contribution to a diverse campus.

You will find that being a part of the OASIS family is an extremely rewarding experience that can seldom be duplicated! In the years ahead, the OASIS staff will be there to help you excel in your studies at UC San Diego through tutoring and mentoring services.

As part of our OASIS Programs, you will participate in an OASIS Learning Community (OLC) weekly seminar each quarter of your first year. OLCs provide you with a consistent small group of peers who you can collaborate with for study groups and other activities throughout the year. OLCs also help you with tips and necessary tools to excel at UC San Diego. 2Excel participants will partake in a one-unit seminar during Winter quarter that examines the increasingly recognized importance of college students’ second year and facilitates planning and accomplishing goals.

Additional benefits of being an OASIS Program student include participation and priority in other academic year services, provided by OASIS' tutorial services and transition programs, such as:

  • One-to-one conferences with staff
  • Academic workshops for courses you are enrolled in
  • Referrals to other campus departments

If you are interested and want to receive more information on any of our programs, please fill out the following google doc and we will contact you. https://goo.gl/forms/NQ2W8udUMJXibGQx1

OASIS Programs
  Summer Bridge Program TRIO Student Support Services Program 2Excel Guardian Scholars Program
Class Level Freshmen only Freshmen and transfers Sophmores only All 
Summer Support 5 weeks, living on campus
Summer Bridge: Starts 8/5/17 to 9/8/17

Summer Experience

Begins Sat., 8/12/17
Ends Sat., 8/19/17


Yes, dates TBA

Academic Credits 8 units during the summer N/A 2 units during Winter Quarter N/A
Cost Value for Summer Support Free to you; $3,100 per student Free to you Free to you Free to you
Program Requirements N/A Citizen/ residency requirements and low income N/A  Current & former Foster Youth
Peer Mentoring Yes Yes Yes TBD 
Counseling Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Priority in OASIS General Tutorial Services for Select Subjects (individual and group) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Individual Specific Tutoring for Various Subjects N/A Yes N/A N/A
OASIS Learning Community Seminars Yes Yes Yes Yes 
Cost Value for Academic Year Free to you; approx. $500 per student Free to you; approx. $1,000 per student Free to you; Free to you 
Length of Service First academic year only Up to 6 years Sophmore year only  Up to 6 years

Important contacts for new students:

Newly admitted students should follow the checklist on MyApplication for instructions on how to submit official transcripts and test scores. The checklist also provides vital information about college orientation, student health and wellness requirements, financial aid, and deadlines to finalize admission prior to enrollment.