Exceptional Student Admissions Program (ESAP)
Exceptional Student Admission Program
*Subject to change*
The ESAP Program was established several years ago.
ESAP recognizes outstanding SEAS undergraduates who wish to enter the SEAS graduate program upon completion of the B.S. degree. ESAP admitted students are genuine graduate students who are eligible for graduate fellowships and Teaching Assistant positions.
To be eligible you must have:
- an overall UCLA GPA of at least 3.500 and
- a major field upper division GPA of at least 3.500 and
- have a valid degree term declared on URSA and
- no more than 36 units remaining to be completed for the B.S. degree (including the present term's units. ESAP audits are normally run 4th/5th week of the F, W, Sp terms and in mid to late July to assure all grades for the previous term are posted and calculated into the GPAs) and
- be an active student when the audit is run (e.g. not be a graduated student or not registered) - you must meet the GPA requirements at minimum 1 quarter before your degree completion and
- have read the following degree audit information and
- if following a catalog year prior to 2005-2006, make an appointment to complete the Academic Program Planner with your Academic Counselor at 6426BH. If following the 2005 or later catalog, make an appointment to review your DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report with your Academic Counselor at 6426BH AND have declared your technical breadth area and major options on courseweb at http://courseweb.seas.ucla.edu
- have received an email notice from the HSSEAS Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
DO NOT assume you are an ESAP student if you have not received the ESAP notice. If student has 36 units or less to degree completion and meets ALL the criteria above and has NOT received an email ESAP notification, it is the student's responsibility to make an inquiry by emailing email@example.com with the following information:
8b. UCLA ID#
8c. Expected Degree Completion term
8e. Courses that you still need to complete for degree completion
(including present term)
Students who meet these conditions will receive an email notice informing them of their eligibility.
To maintain your eligibility you must maintain the specified GPAs and complete your B.S. degree.
Admission is guaranteed to the graduate program in the department in which you earned your B.S. degree, for the time period specified in the ESAP letter,
however, is subject to your meeting the posted deadlines for filing the graduate admissions application.
If you expect to become ESAP eligible AFTER the posted graduate admissions deadline, it is advised you complete the graduate application and ALL supplemental materials that are required for NON-ESAP students.
For Non-Electrical Engineering ESAP students
For non-Electrical Engineering ESAP students, this guarantee of admission is valid for three academic quarters after you earn your undergraduate degree. Students should discuss with their department's graduate Student Affairs Officers (see contact information below) the scheduling of courses to find out which quarter is most beneficial for them and additionally if the quarter in which you intend to enroll may have a significant impact upon the availability of financial aid.
ESAP students are not required to take the GRE. However, GRE scores may be required for students who want to be considered for departmental financial support or for other departmental purposes. Check directly with your department. If you are ESAP and do not take the GRE nor intend to, on the online application you should be able to enter "0"s for the date that you plan to take the GRE.
ESAP students are required to submit the names and email addresses of two references who are professors in their department. The recommendations are for purposes of determining the appropriate area of study; as a graduate student. The system will email your recommenders and ask them to submit their references electronically (you are advised to inform your professors that they have been listed on your graduate application as references and that you confirm their email addresses).
On the 3rd recommender line of the supplemental application which you will be prompted to complete during the admissions application process, to flag your ESAP status for the 3rd reference you should be able to enter: first = "esap" last = "esap" email = either the applicant's own email address, or firstname.lastname@example.org type = Graduate Division Recommendation .
Merit based financial support is at the discretion of the department, but has no bearing upon admission itself. For financial aid information, contact the Financial Aid Office.
For Electrical Engineering ESAP students
Because the Electrical Engineering Department's M.S. program consists of all graduate courses that are sequenced, Electrical Engineering ESAP students must apply for the Fall quarter that immediately follows their B.S. degree completion.
Electrical Engineering ESAP applicants who wish to be considered for departmental funding are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation and GRE scores. ESAP applicants who do not wish to be considered for funding may forgo submitting GRE scores and are required to only submit 2 letters of recommendation. For the 3rd recommender in the application, ESAP applicants may provide Mandy Smith (email@example.com) as the recommender. The recommendation type selected should be Electrical Engineering.
Check directly with your department.if you have further questions.
All ESAP Students
ESAP students must complete the regular graduate admissions application form and must meet the posted application deadlines. ESAP students should not delay submitting their applications and supporting materials whether or not they have received their ESAP letters.
There is an application fee, and applicants must provide the department with copies of their transcripts (unofficial UCLA transcripts are sufficient).
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For any additional questions or problems please contact Jan LaBuda, 6426 BH, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To file the graduate admissions application on-line, start here.