Preparing to Register for Classes
Your Orientation Academic Advisor will explain UCSB requirements, and help you select
and register for your fall courses. Before you can register, you may need to take
some important steps. Read the information in this section and make the appropriate
preparations so that course registration at Orientation will be as smooth as possible.
Advanced Placement Exam Results
Official results from Advanced Placement (AP) exams are usually reported to UCSB
in early July. However, at any of the Orientation sessions, students with pending
AP scores will be able to register for a full set of courses appropriate for their
first quarter at UCSB.
AP Math Exam Results
For most subjects, pending AP scores will not affect your ability to
select appropriate classes for your first quarter. Math scores are the
only exception. The AP Math test score is important for students
in majors that require math in the first quarter.
If you have your unofficial AP Math test score, bring it to Orientation! Students can refer to the
College Board Online Scores for Students website to find their unofficial AP score
if it is available. Follow the instructions on the website to obtain your score.
Students who do not know their AP Math test score are advised to attend
an Orientation session after July 9.
AP exam results are usually not received by UCSB until this date.
If you cannot attend Orientation after July 9, and you have a confirmed reservation for
a session prior to July 9, follow the instructions below depending on your major.
If you are in any major that requires math in the first quarter, please bring your
unofficial AP Math test score to Orientation if it is available. Refer to the website listed
above to obtain your score. If your score is not available, you will be placed in a
tentative math course until the AP Math test score is reported to UCSB.
If you are a student in these majors only -
Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Economics/Mathematics,
BS Environmental Studies, all Engineering majors, BS Physical Geography,
all Mathematics majors, Physics, Statistics -
and you do not know your AP Math test score, you are encouraged to take the
Calculus Placement Test before attending Orientation. This will help to place you
in a tentative math course until the AP Math test score is reported to UCSB.
See Placement Exams on this website for more information
about the Calculus Placement Test.
All students will receive detailed instructions at Orientation on how to adjust their class
schedule if their AP Math test score places them into a higher level math course.
Coursework from Other Colleges or Universities
If you have taken courses at another college or university, please
bring a few copies of your unofficial transcripts to Orientation
showing your name, the name of the institution, the course titles, and your grades.
Official copies of all transcripts must be submitted to the UCSB Office of Admissions
by July 15, 2013. Advisors at Orientation do not have access to the transcripts
submitted to Admissions. Therefore, it is essential to bring unofficial
copies for use during Orientation advising sessions. Transferable courses may satisfy
general education, elective, or major requirements; and may serve as satisfactory prerequisites
for advanced courses at UCSB. Academic departments may need to review and approve such credit
before it is granted, particularly if the credit is from an institution other than a California
community college. For specific questions, contact academic departments. Call 805-893-8000 for
department phone numbers. College of Engineering students can contact the Engineering
Undergraduate Office at 805-893-2809.