TRIO SSSP Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about TRIO SSSP, an OASIS transition program for newly admitted students to UC San Diego.

How many students will be selected to participate in the Summer Experience?

We expect to select approximately 40-45 freshman and transfer students to participate in the Summer Experience 2019.

If I'm unable to participate in the Summer Experience, can I still be a TRIO SSSP student?

It will depend on the number of spaces available in the program which varies from year to year since SSSP is funded to only serve a certain amount of students. It is highly encouraged that you participate in the Summer Experience to help make a successful transition to UC San Diego.

Is the Summer Experience free?

Yes, it's free! There is no monetary cost to you for the program, housing, or meals. However, we do expect your full participation in all aspects of TRIO SSSP (the Summer Experience and the commitment to the program until you graduate).

Why should I consider participating in the TRIO SSSP Summer Experience?

Here are a few good reasons why you should consider attending our program:

  • It's free! There is no monetary cost to you for housing, meals, or materials. In return, we do expect your full participation in all aspects of the program.
  • You'll make life-long relationships with other college students before the academic year starts.
  • You'll establish a network of faculty, staff, and peers in a supportive environment.
  • During the program, you'll enjoy cultural programs, academic workshops, field trips, and other opportunities for recreation.
  • It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Where will the Summer Experience be held?

It is held at one of the on-campus residence halls in Revelle College. This housing is only temporary for the Summer Experience.

Does the Summer Experience provide housing?

Yes, all students chosen for the week program are expected to stay overnight every night, where they will be sharing a room with a roommate or two. This provides more opportunity to make new friends and create stronger bonds. 

Do I have to stay on campus every night?

Yes. The Summer Experience is designed as a full-participation residential program that will require students to live on campus and take part in activities and workshops throughout the entire day, and into the evenings.

If you have a mitigating circumstance that prevents you from participating in an overnight program, but you would still like the opportunity to participate and commute each day, please e-mail or  

Can I bring my car? Is parking available during the Summer Experience?

Yes. You can bring your car and park it in the designated parking areas. TRIO SSSP does not assume responsibility or payment for parking violations. Parking permits will need to be purchased by students for any weekday. 

Do I need my own health insurance?

It is strongly recommended that all OASIS Transition Program students acquire health insurance available for use in San Diego before entering the summer program. Students will have the ability to purchase health care on campus if desired. 

Students who attend a program without health insurance will do so at their own expense. If you have health insurance, you'll be required to show valid proof upon entering the program.

Do I need to have all my immunization requirements met?

Tuberculosis Screening Requirement

  • Enter the student health portal, click on "TB Requirement." Answer the 5 screening questions.

  • If you are required to do further testing, an additional form (TB Screening Admission Requirement) will be provided to download. If you are not required to do further testing, this is the end of the process!

Immunization Requirements

  • Please download this PDF form and take it to your doctors office to complete

  • Log into your student health portal,, and click on "Immunization Requirement"

  • Enter your immunization information into the online Immunization Record

  • Then, upload OR fax 1-858-246-2414 your signed form, so we can verify your record


  • For additional information please refer to our Student Health Services website

  • Ask medical questions through "Ask a Question"​  

  • Ensure your UCSD email accounts are active to receive a secure response to your question

  • Please go to “Profile” in your student health portal,, and enter your cell phone number and carrier to receive text alerts

Do I have to attend the Summer Experience each day?

Yes. The program is designed as a full participation transition program which will only benefit you if you spend a majority of your time with us.

The only exceptions made will be for family emergencies or health reasons.

If you have any questions about this policy, apply to the program first, and if accepted, e-mail with your inquiry.

How do I get accepted into the Summer Experience?

Students will be selected based on the information they provide in the online application as well as the essay responses given.

Students need to meet federal TRIO eligibility requirements of first-generation college status, low income, and/or be a student with a disability. 

Can I work or have other outside commitments during the Summer Experience?

No. If you decide to participate in the Summer Experience, you must commit your time to the program. The program's schedule is very full and will not allow you enough time to work or have large outside commitments.

Can I have visitors during the program?

Yes. Visitors are welcome, but only during non-scheduled activity times. Upon entering the program, you will receive an itinerary which will outline non-scheduled times.

Visitors are responsible for paying for their parking (Mondays through Fridays) and making sure they are parking in the correct parking space. TRIO SSSP does not assume responsibility or payment for parking violations.

Can visitors spend the night?

No. Visitors may not spend the night.

If I participate in the Summer Experience, do I automatically get accepted into TRIO SSSP?

Yes. The Summer Experience is just the initial component of TRIO SSSP services. Once the academic year begins, you will be a TRIO SSSP participant and will receive all OASIS and SSSP services for up to 6 years.

Can I participate in more than one of the transition programs?

Due to limited spaces, compared to the number of incoming first-year students, students are eligible to participate in only one transition program. We try to serve as many students as possible.

If you are offered the opportunity to participate in Summer Bridge or TRIO SSSP, you should! If for some reason you are not accepted to either SB or the Summer Experience, and/or you cannot commit to their summer activities, then you may be considered for acceptance to TRIO SSSP for academic year services and support, if space permits.

I'm still confused about the different transition programs. What are the main differences between them?

Still have questions? E-mail Oasis Transition Programs or call (858) 534-2801.