Academics & Course Enrollment

FSSP Students take 7-13 units of UCSB courses with smaller class sizes during the less hectic summer quarter. The average course load for this program is 9 units. Select from 90 lower division courses, including general education and pre-major requirements as well as freshman seminars, special FSSP undergraduate research courses, honors sections, and enrichment classes. Additionally, all FSSP students enroll in a common course, The Modern Research University, created to help you learn about faculty and undergraduate research as well as the many opportunities and resources UCSB offers.

Advisement Information

Academic Advisors in your college are available to assist you in deciding which summer courses to take that will help you complete general education and pre-major requirements. There are three undergraduate Colleges at UC Santa Barbara: the College of Letters & Science, the College of Engineering and the College of Creative Studies.

College of Letters & Science

Most incoming freshmen, including those who are undeclared, are students in the College of Letters & Science (L&S). Before selecting your summer courses, you should attend an advising webinar provided by Academic Advising in the College of Letters & Science.

College of Letters & Science Advising Webinars:

Monday, May 13: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Monday, May 20: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Wednesday, May 29: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Monday, June 3: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Monday, June 10: 4:00 - 5:00 PM

To join a webinar, please go to: Login as Guest and use your UCSB perm number as your name.


College of Engineering

If you are a student in the College of Engineering, it is highly recommended that you participate in an advising webinar before selecting your summer courses. The webinar provides an overview of benefits of participating in FSSP, followed by a Q & A with College of Engineering advisors in which incoming students and parents can ask any questions they may have pertaining to the FSSP program for engineers specifically.

College of Engineering Advising Webinar:

May 29, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Please register here for the webinar


College of Creative Studies

Students in the College of Creative Studies should contact Sara Sterphone at 805-893-5319 or by email at Sara will advise you for FSSP and will refer you to a Faculty Advisor in your academic emphasis if you are not planning on attending an orientation session.