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New Students

Dear Prospective First Year Student,

Welcome to UC San Diego and the Department of Psychology! 

We know you have a lot of choices to make in the upcoming months, about where to go and what to study in college.  We're thrilled you're here and encourage you to consider UC San Diego and the Department of Psychology.  Our ten majors are designed to prepare you for your future and to guide you in the study of the science of Psychology.

UC San Diego students celebrate Spirit Night, photo by Eric Jepsen
UC San Diego students celebrate Spirit Night, photo by Eric Jepsen

 In your first year, you'll be taking foundational courses in and outside of the Psychology Department (science, math or logic, computer programming, statistics, and research methods) to help lay the groundwork for your future Upper Division Psychology courses.  Each of our major pages includes a four-year plan to help you choose classes that are right for you, and our advisors are happy to help provide additional support. We also highly encourage students to get involved on campus, including research, internships, instructional apprenticeships, study abroad, clubs, and more.  We offer a variety of workshops, programs, and events throughout the year to support and enhance your educational experience.

After you accept your admission, we'll be sending you an e-mailed welcome packet (this summer) with more information about how to ensure your success in our department.  We invite you to participate in one of our Orientation sessions in the Fall to learn even more.  And, of course, we're open for advising during the entire year (summer included) to help answer your questions.

We look forward to meeting you and hope you find your community here at UC San Diego!


Psychology Academic Advising


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