Transfer Edge

Build Community. Discover Resources. Get a Head Start.


Transfer Edge is an immersive six-week summer program, designed to provide incoming transfer students with a comprehensive introduction to the rigorous academics and vibrant culture at UC Santa Barbara. This program serves as a bridge between prior educational experiences and the next chapter of a student's intellectual journey, assisting in a seamless transition into the campus community. 

Transfer Edge participants benefit from the opportunity to engage with advisors, peer mentors, and program staff to create an academic roadmap that reflects their educational goals, long before the start of Fall Quarter. Edge students are enrolled in specialized transfer-focused courses aimed to familiarize them with campus resources, facilities, and services designed to support success and well-being. Students round out their schedules by registering for academic courses that count toward degree progression. With a holistic introduction to all that UC Santa Barbara has to offer, Transfer Edge equips incoming transfer students with the tools and information to make the most of their time at the university.  

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Beyond academics, Transfer Edge brings students together in a supportive community that fosters lasting relationships. A variety of social activities and events are offered each week, allowing students to build community with their peers while constructing a unique experience that suits their needs and priorities.

View the 2024 Transfer Edge Brochure.

2024 Program Dates: 

  • Move-in: Saturday, August 3, 2024
  • Program: Sunday, August 4 – Saturday, September 14, 2024 (Session B)

How to Enroll: Starting April 29, 2024 students can submit their enrollment application via the application portal. Enrollment will remain open until June 30, 2024 and students will be admitted on a rolling basis. 

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"I was drawn to the program's promise of academic enrichment and the chance to engage in specialized coursework and research opportunities even before the official start of the academic year. Connecting with professors, alumni, and other students with similar interests has enriched my understanding of the opportunities that lie ahead and how best to prepare for them. Transfer Edge was instrumental in my smooth transition to life at UCSB."
Marcellino Pena, Electrical Engineering