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New and Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at UC San Diego!

We are happy to have you be part of our program for as long as you are with us. We recommend you explore all of the different categories and subcategories we have listed underneath the "Undergraduate Programs" component of our website. 

Incoming First Year Students

UC San Diego hosts Triton Day in early April every year as a way for incoming and prospective first year students to explore campus, become familiar with support services, and speak with their academic department and College. 

Virtual Triton Day webinar to be uploaded


First Year Orientation

The Department hosts First Year Orientation in August or September every year. Below, you will find a copy of the most recent Orientation.

To Be Uploaded post-Orientation


Incoming Transfer Students

UC San Diego hosts Transfer Triton Day in early-mid May every year as a way for incoming and prospective transfer students to explore campus, become familiar with support services, and speak with their academic department and College. 

The Department of Political Science partakes in tabling and a presentation at Transfer Triton Day. 

Virtual Transfer Triton Day webinar to be uploaded


Transfer Orientations

The Department hosts two Transfer Orientations in mid-August every year. Below, you will find a copy of the most recent Orientation.

To Be Uploaded post-Orientation


Transferring Credit

Transfer students may have courses that are deemed transferable from another UC campus, four-year or two-year institution, or California Community College. 

Advanced Placement Credit

Current and prospective students can find the most updated Advanced Placement (AP) Credit Chart HERE.

For Political Science majors:

  • A score of "5" on the AP United States Government and Politics exam is equivalent to completion of POLI 10.
  • A score of "5" on the AP Comparative Government and Politics exam is equivalent to completion of POLI 11.

Additional Campus Resources

Admissions Office - https://admissions.ucsd.edu/

Transfer Hub - https://transferstudents.ucsd.edu/transfer-hub/index.html

International Students and Programs Office - https://ispo.ucsd.edu/index.html

Career Services Center - https://career.ucsd.edu/

Student Abroad Office - https://studyabroad.ucsd.edu/

Academic Internship Program - https://aip.ucsd.edu/

Academic Integrity Office - https://academicintegrity.ucsd.edu/

Geisel Library - https://library.ucsd.edu/