SOP-PREP Enrollment Guidance:
Completion of SOP-PREP and the Pre-Application is required to receive scholarship advising services.
SOP-PREP is intended for UCI undergraduates with sophomore or higher standing and a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Recent UCI graduates may also participate if you are still within four quarters from your graduation. This course is open-entry, open-exit, so you do not need permission to enroll or to withdraw. The course exists purely for you to advance your own interests and success. It does not provide any academic credit. The learning objectives for the course are described in greater detail below, according to the phases of a student’s professional development and scholarship application journey.
SOP-PREP Enrollment Instructions:
To register as a new participant in SOP-PREP, use the link below:
N.B. SOP-PREP is intended to prepare students for supported external merit scholarship competitions and is required to access SOP advising services as well as the Pre-Application. Regardless of your class standing or G.P.A., you are also advised to apply separately for merit and need-based scholarships from the UCI campus’ Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships via Scholarship Central.”
Waiver of SOP-PREP Requirements
Waivers of SOP-PREP requirements are granted only to undergraduates and recent alumni who have already completed all 3 of the following steps:
- Applied for an SOP-supported scholarship under the guidance of an SOP Primary Advisor,
- Received written confirmation of campus endorsement (or nomination) of your application, and
- Submitted your finalized application through SOP to an external scholarship agency.
If you would like to request an SOP-PREP waiver, please email your previously assigned SOP Primary Advisor. Your Primary Advisor will then inform you of your Pre-Application options for the Explorer’s 11 or Trailblazer’s 10 scholarship advising processes.
Initial Consultation with Student Advisor
To meet with a Student Advisor who can answer initial questions about SOP-PREP, advising, scholarships, or other SOP services, please book a 30-minute consultation appointment here. Until further notice, all appointments will be held in-person, via Zoom, or by phone per students’ request.
If you have quick inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Appointments are typically not offered during Welcome Week, Finals Week, or school breaks.