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Steps to Success in the Psychology Department

We want you to be a successful Psychology student. Our goal is for you to find a supportive community at UC San Diego and in our department.  We suggest these steps to success:


This Summer (June/July/August)

  • Check your @ucsd e-mail for a message from Psychology Advising (in late June); this welcome message will also be available on our website
  • Send you transcripts from previous institutions to UC San Diego Admissions (no later than July 1)
  • Set up your New Student Site, review enrollment recommendations, and ask clarifying questions
  • Look for our personalized recommendations for Fall enrollment in New Triton Advising (during July & August, following processing of your transcripts)
  • Register for the Math Placement Exam, if you are a B.S. student who has not yet taken Calculus
  • Register for your College Orientation
  • Register for Psychology Orientation
  • Enroll in Fall classes
  • Attend Psychology Transfer Orientation to get an introduction to the department and receive help with long-term academic planning

Fall Quarter 2020

  • Read the Fall Newsletter & Resource Guide
  • Attend Fall classes and Office Hours for your faculty and TAs
  • Get involved on campus (Psi Chi/Psychology Club meetings are a great place to start!)
  • Meet with your advising team (department and college)
  • Apply for the Psychology Honors Program (if you're interested in diving deep into research)
  • Think about your next steps

Winter & Spring 2020

  • Finish up outstanding Lower Division coursework for your major and complete Core classes
  • Begin taking Upper Division Psychology Electives and consider research opportunities, if you are a B.S. student
  • Consider Study Abroad, Internships, Research, and other opportunities for the 2021-22 school year
  • Keep your eye out for workshops you might find value in attending
  • Explore minoring in an area of interest to you
  • Attend Senior Send-Off 2021 (our annual end-of-year celebration)

More Success Tips for Next Year and Beyond

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help from advisors, faculty, TAs, and campus services
  • Find extracurricular activites that bring you joy and a sense of community
  • Plan ahead, but be flexible
  • Arrive prepared and ready to learn
  • Locate opportunities and take risks