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ICS New Student FAQ

Information for new incoming students for the upcoming academic year

FAQs

» I am an admitted student interested in attending UCI. Can I have someone review my transcript and tell me what I credit I have?
  • Due to the large number of admitted students, we cannot provide this service at this time.
  • All admitted students must go to mandatory summer orientation. Your transcripts will be reviewed and evaluated for course credit at this time.
» Can I have someone tell me what classes I can take in the Summer/Fall?
  • This information can only be provided during summer orientation.
  • All students must go to mandatory summer orientation. Course registration will also take place at this time.
» I have taken an AP Computer Science A exam. Will this course give me credit for a course at UCI?
  • No. The AP Exam will give you units but will not exempt you from a course. 
  • You are welcome to try and take the Credit by Exam for ICS 31 offered over the summer if you have a score of 3, 4 or 5. 
  • Those with a minimum score of 3 may enroll in I&C SCI 32A. Python Programming and Libraries (Accelerated). More information about this will be available at Orientation.
  • If you scored anything lower on the AP exam, you will be required to take ICS 31 at UCI. 
  • AP CS Principles Exam does not qualify--you must take ICS 31 at UCI
» Where can I see what credit I get for my AP/IB scores?
 » Where can I see what credit I get for courses taken at a Community College?
  • You can refer to https://assist.org/ to see UCI credit for courses taken at Community Colleges within California. 
» I took a course at another institution. How can I check if it is transferable?
  • For courses taken at a Community College in California, you can refer to https://assist.org/
  • For all other courses, you may need to submit a Syllabus Review. You can find this on the ICS website: https://www.ics.uci.edu/ugrad/QA_Petitions.php
    • Please note: The ICS Student Affairs Office only processes Syllabus Review Requests for current ICS students.
» How do I track my degree progress?
  • You can check your degree progress by going to your DegreeWorks on your Student Access.
  • DegreeWorks will be updated by the end of fall quarter for transfer students and by the end of September for first year students.
» Can a New Freshman Student change majors into ICS?
  • ICS does not allow change of majors during summer orientation. All incoming students must meet our change of major criteria if they would like to pursue an ICS major.
  • For more information about change of major please click here.
» Can a New Transfer Student change majors into ICS?
  • Transfer students are encouraged to accept admission to a computing major they are directly admitted into (instead of pursuing a change of major) and make efficient progress to degree.
  • ICS does not allow change of majors during summer orientation. If a transfer student wishes to pursue the change of major, they may view our change of major criteria.
  • Transfer students must complete one quarter at UCI before applying for the change of major.
  • For more information about change of major please click here.
» I was admitted as an Undeclared student in the School of ICS. How can I change my major?
» I was admitted as an Undeclared student in the School of ICS. What is the deadline to change my major?
  • We expect our ICS Undeclared majors to determine the right major for them at the end of their first year experience in the program.
» Are there any advantages on being an Undeclared student in the School of ICS?
  • As ICS Undeclared, students would receive priority registration into ICS courses. ICS Undeclared students also have access to our ICS counselors if they have questions about declaring an ICS major.
  • ICS Undeclared majors are provided the same resources and opportunities as an ICS declared major.
  • Placement in the ICS Undeclared major provides students with the opportunity to take programming courses and make a more informed decision when deciding on a major in the future.

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