Academic counseling is an integral component of learning and personal development at UCLA. AAP Counseling supports AAP Scholars to facilitate academic and personal achievement by expanding aspirations and future endeavors.
AAP College Counselors honor the diversity of students’ experience and background, and foster student empowerment through a developmental approach and philosophy. We are a team of professionals who have substantial experience advising students regarding the myriad of questions that generally arise during all stages of the undergraduate degree. AAP Counseling can be of particular assistance to students who: are facing academic challenges; are seeking readmission to the University; or need guidance on making the most of their undergraduate experience.
If you are an undergraduate student in the Academic Advancement Program, we encourage you to use these pages to educate yourself about the rules affecting your academic career, and to explore the many resources available to you in AAP and at UCLA in general. Because each student’s situation is unique, this site should supplement, rather than replace, meetings with your AAP College Counselor.
AAP addresses the specific needs of its target population. It is very important that you frequent our office to meet with an AAP College Counselor, or process UCLA College petitions and related requests. All AAP College Counselors are available for scheduled in-advance or same-day appointments. Please visit the AAP Counseling Hub at 1205 Campbell Hall to schedule a time to meet with your AAP Counselor or Peer Counselor.
Come and see us as often as you like – we are here for you and your ultimate success!
AAP PEER COUNSELING
Academic Advancement Program (AAP) Peer Counselors are part of the AAP College Counseling
team. Peer Counselors help students become responsible, knowledgeable, and independent, in
both their academic and personal lives. Peer Counselors educate students about academic policies
and procedures, while identifying options and alternatives within the University system; this
approach empowers students to make their own choices throughout their academic journey.
AAP Peer Counselors gain leadership experience while growing within their organizational,
administrative, and problem–solving skills. AAP Peer Counselors collaborate with one another to
bring forward academic and social issues that impact AAP students.
Peer Counselor Position Overview
Academic Advancement Program (AAP) Peer Counselors are part of the AAP College Counseling team. Peer Counselors help students become responsible, knowledgeable, and independent, in both their academic and personal lives. Peer Counselors educate students about academic policies and procedures, while identifying options and alternatives within the University system; this approach empowers students to make their own choices throughout their academic journey.
AAP Peer Counselors gain leadership experience while growing within their organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills. AAP Peer Counselors collaborate with one another to bring forward academic and social issues that impact AAP students.
- Students with Freshmen-Junior standing are eligible to apply. This also applies to first-year Transfer students.
- Be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher)
- Be available to work at least 10 hours per week or more.
- Enroll full-time (12 units or more) at UCLA during the academic year.
- Commit to being a Peer Counselor for the whole 2023-2024 Academic School Year.
Peer Counselor Academic Year Job Description
Pay Rate: $17.00 per hour.
- Peer Counselors meet with students in one-on-one counseling appointments to aid with understanding academic policies and regulations under the College of Letters and Science.
- Peer Counselors form part of committees which lead efforts in social media enterprising, clerical work, and strategic planning.
- Peer Counselors support AAP Counseling with the AAP Counseling Hub by providing quality customer service to AAP scholars.
- Peer Counselors develop special projects and implement workshops that advance the mission of AAP College Counseling.
- Peer Counselors participate in the recruitment of incoming UCLA students by performing various tasks during Bruin Day.
- Peer Counselors support the AAP Counseling team by doing outreach of AAP Counseling Services and AAP overall across the UCLA campus.
Peer Counselor Freshmen Transfer Summer Program Job Description
Pay Rate: $17.00 per hour.
- Peer Counselors also support new undergraduate students through a residential live in position in the Academic Advancement Program’s Freshman and Transfer Summer Program (FTSP).
- The FTSP Peer Counselor position is a full-time job 40 hours per week that takes place during UCLA Summer Session C: August 05, 2024-September 13, 2024.
- During FTSP Peer Counselors provide holistic support to incoming freshmen and transfer students so they may learn how to better navigate the rigor of the university.
- Peer Counselors enhance their project management and organization skills by putting on special events that foster a welcoming environment for AAP students.
- Peer Counselors provide guidance to students by helping them become familiar with campus resources.
- FTSP Peer Counselors also liaise between staff and students to ensure holistic support throughout the duration of our six-week program. Projected dates for the program are July 29, 2023-September 13, 2024.
- Room and board for the duration of the program is covered for FTSP Peer Counselors.
FTSP Peer Counselors are selected from among those hired for the 2024-2025 academic year. FTSP PCs may not attend Session C courses, nor participate in internships or other employment for the duration of the program.
Peer Counseling Professional Development
Spring 2024 CESC 107: Counseling Multicultural Communities (2 units; P/NP grading)
- Candidates will be invited to enroll in a course through the Center for Community Engagement during Spring Quarter 2024.
- The class will meet in person and is tentatively scheduled on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00pm-6:50pm (final day and time TBD).
- The instructor will issue PTE numbers at the first-class meeting.
Summer 2024-Fall 2024 Professional Development
- Candidates who would like to be considered for the FTSP Peer Counselor position must be available for two weeks of mandatory training prior to the start of the program. Projected dates for training are July 15, 2024- July 26, 2024.
- Training for all Peer Counselors is scheduled on September 18, 2024-October 04, 2024. All Peer Counselors—new and returning—are expected to attend orientation and training sessions. This training is mandatory.
Peer Counselor Application
Please note this application will be submitted through forms. The following tips are recommended before submitting your form. All these documents will be part of the application review process. Applicants who do not submit all the following information via forms will not be considered for this position.
- Have all your academic information prepared. (i.e., major, minor, GPA, etc.)
- You will be required to submit your resume.
- You will be required to submit an unofficial transcript.
- There are two writing prompts you will be required to answer.
- The peer counselor application is open until 11:59pm on Friday, January 26, 2024.
Please access the link by clicking here: https://sa.ucla.edu/Forms/p/2023AAPPCApplication
PETITIONS AND FORMS
This page features information about and access to College of Letters & Science petitions. Students who intend to submit a petition should use this information in consultation with an AAP College Counselor to determine the appropriate requests and processes for their individual situations..
Petitions and forms may take up to 15 business days (not including weekends and University holidays) to process.
Please check MyUCLA → Academics → Petitions for updates.
AAP COUNSELING WORKSHOPS
The Academic Advancement Program (AAP) supports students from groups historically underserved in higher education through an array of services that encourage and promote academic achievement and excellence.
AAP-eligible students must complete the AAP Community of Scholars Orientation to learn how they can activate their membership. The workshop centers the history, mission, and relevance of AAP and its services, and helps students navigate the UCLA environment to achieve academic success.
If you are a currently registered and enrolled UCLA student, please email the AAP New Student Programs Office at email@example.com with your 7-digit UCLA ID number to determine your AAP eligibility status.
AAP College Counselors and Peer Counselors host iGrad Workshops every Winter and Spring Quarters. Designed for graduating seniors in the College of Letters & Sciences, these 90-minute sessions provide students with an opportunity to learn more about participating in June’s Commencement activities while ensuring that they will meet their degree requirements.
AAP College Counselors provide attendees with individual degree check worksheets that confirm completion of their degree requirements, or specify any remaining requirements.
GRADUATION AND COMMENCEMENT
Graduation is completion of all degree requirements, including: University & College Requirements, General Education, major/minor requirements, Academic Residency, Upper Division, and 180-unit minimum.
Commencement refers to the celebratory events held annually in June to recognize students who have graduated during the past academic year, or will graduate in Summer or (by petition) the following Fall Quarter.
Students nearing graduation (Winter 24, Spring 24 or Summer 24) are welcome to request a graduation check of their degree requirements. Upon submitting your request, and AAP College Counselor will review your Degree Audit Report and identify areas of your degree that have been completed, in-progress or still missing. Students will receive their graduation check via Message Center, 7-10 business days following submission of their request. Requests can be made by submitting the Graduation Check Form.
ACADEMIC COUNSELORS AND ADVISORS AT UCLA
Academic counseling and advising at UCLA is a partnership between students and UCLA counseling and advising staff members. These counselors and advisors provide different types of support that empowers students to make informed decisions about their academic journey.
WHO ARE MY ACADEMIC COUNSELORS AND ADVISORS?
College counselors: Every student in the College of Letters & Science is assigned to one of four College Counseling units:
- College Academic Counseling (CAC)
- Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
- Honors Programs
- AAP students may belong to both AAP and Honors Programs
- College Academic Counseling in Athletics (CAC-Athletics)
You can identify your College Counseling unit by checking the upper right-hand corner of your Degree Audit Report.
College Counselors can help students:
- Understand their graduation requirements, including: University, College, General Education (GE), Residency and unit requirements
- Navigate petition processes
- Determine their academic standing and identify ways in which students in academic difficulty can resolve their status
- Resume their studies after an extended period of time away from UCLA, whether because of dismissal or discontinuation or by choice
Departmental counselors and advisors: Each major and minor at UCLA has designated staff who help students navigate their major and minor requirements. These counselors and advisors are students’ best resources for program-specific support, including:
- Application processes for the pre-major/major/minor
- Substitutions and exemptions on preparation for the major or major requirements
- Enrollment assistance for courses in the major/minor, including contract courses
- Information on program-specific opportunities, such as: research, internships, Departmental Honors, Department Scholars, etc.
- Departmental Commencement ceremonies
For a specific major or minor counselor or advisor’s contact information, please consult the Departmental Counselor Directory.
AAP Peer Counselors (PCs): AAP Peer Counselors are trained to support their fellow AAP students using a student-centered approach. PCs are available for 30-minute appointments throughout the academic year, during which students can discuss:
- Program planning, including both enrollment for an upcoming term and four-year program planning
- Expected Cumulative Progress (1st time shortages only)
- Major Exploration
- Campus resources (e.g. Graduate Mentorship Programs, Career Center, Community Programs Office, Undocumented Student Program, Bruin Resource Center, LGBTQ Campus Resource Center)
- Pre-Health Requirements
College Academic Mentors (CAMs): College Academic Mentors are graduate students from a wide variety of academic departments who advise undergraduates in the following areas:
- GE program planning (freshmen & sophomores)
- Choosing a major (freshmen & sophomores)
- Preparing for graduate/professional school (juniors & seniors)
PREPARING FOR YOUR COUNSELING APPOINTMENT
WAYS FOR YOU TO DO YOUR PART:
PROACTIVE – Please prepare talking points in advance of your appointment. Determine which questions you should prioritize during your meeting with your counselor or advisor.
ACCOUNTABLE – Make sure to bring a pen and paper, laptop, tablet, or other way to take notes during your appointment.
RESPECTFUL – As a courtesy to your counselors and advisors, please be on time to your appointment. If you are running late, contact your counselor or advisor as soon as possible. If you will be more than 10 minutes late to your appointment, your counselor or advisor may ask you to reschedule your appointment.
TRANSPARENT– Share with your counselors and advisors any information that you are comfortable disclosing and that may help them better understand your questions, so that they can help you identify as many relevant options as possible.
Visit the CAAC Academic Difficulty page for detailed information about academic difficulty.
PRE-HEALTH @ UCLA
Although UCLA does not offer a “pre-health” major, students in any major in the College may opt to complete the pre-health curriculum, either as part of or alongside their undergraduate degree requirements. This coursework prepares students to apply for graduate or professional school programs in a number of medical or health fields.
Visit the CAAC Pre-Health page for detailed information about pre-health services at UCLA.
Visit the CAAC Degree Requirements page for more information.
FIND YOUR MAJOR
If you are unsure of your major, the Find Your Major assessment can help you make an informed decision about your academic plans. The results are intended as a tool to guide you in the process of identifying the options that align with your interests and academic strengths.
THREE- AND FOUR-YEAR DEGREE MAPS
Several departments have partnered with the College of Letters & Science to create three- and four-year graduation options for students admitted to UCLA as freshmen. These degree maps can help you build your individual academic plan in the major.
CURRICULUM OPTIONS FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES MAJORS
The Division of Life Sciences has created four different curricular paths for students who wish to major in one of eight Life Sciences majors. These paths are based on students’ academic preparation, and are all designed to facilitate completion of the majors in 4 years.