FAQs

Southeast Asians, specifically Burmese, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Mien, Thai and Vietnamese, are historically underrepresented at UCLA and other colleges and universities. This is mainly due to our immigration history, with the majority of Southeast Asians arriving in the 1970s and afterwards. Because of this, many Southeast Asians who attend college or universities are first generation students and often affected by their refugee experiences. In order to ensure that our voices are heard, and our struggles and experiences shared, we want to increase the amount of SEA students at UCLA by hosting this special Southeast Asian Admit Weekend. Our goal is to foster a cohesive, educated community to better ourselves, our families, and our community. If you do not find any of these experiences personally relevant, or you are not Southeast Asian, don’t worry! We hope you will find the weekend to be a comfortable and educational experience nonetheless as you learn in solidarity and hopefully become an ally of our mission!

Yes! Attending the Weekend is a great way to help you decide whether UCLA is the right school for you. You will be getting a chance to participate in the whole college experience, from living in the dorms, to attending a lecture, to getting a tour of UCLA and Westwood (the business district near UCLA). You’ll get to meet students, staff and alumni and truly see how community, advocacy, and education intertwine. And during all that, there will be lots of time for fun, games, food, and shows!

Of course! We will excuse you for that portion of the day for you to attend. We want you to be able to explore everything UCLA has to offer. However, you are required to return to our program after the event is finished.

UCLA Bruin Day is our campus’s exclusive, annual event for admitted freshmen and their guests, with faculty presentations, academic and financial aid resources, and campus and housing tours. SEA Admit Weekend overlaps with Bruin Day, and by going to SEA Admit, you will also go to Bruin Day.

If you are an Out-of-State or NorCal student, then yes! We try to provide free Attending the Weekend is a great way to help you decide whether UCLA is the right school for you. You will be getting a chance to participate in the whole college experience, from living in the dorms, to attending a lecture, to getting a tour of UCLA and Westwood (the business district near UCLA). You’ll get to meet students, staff and alumni and truly see how community, advocacy, and education intertwine. And during all that, there will be lots of time for fun, games, food, and shows!

Amtrak tickets to students living in Northern California and subsidize the cost for out-of-state students with UCLA flight vouchers (you may need to cover the remaining balance).

Generally, we try to provide free transportation for students who are in local areas such as OC, LA greater areas, San Gabriel. Keep in mind, most students also get dropped off and picked up by family members.

 

We will be having drivers pick students up from LAX around 5 PM on Thursday, April 14th, 2016. Please plan to arrive some time before then. Additionally, we will be providing rides back to LAX at 3 PM on Sunday, April 17th, 2016.

As a participant of SEA Admit Weekend, yes, you are expected to stay and participate in each event and remain on UCLA campus. However, you may be excused for certain agenda items to attend any overlapping events such as Bruin Day or any UCLA orientation/open house. You’ll be able to attend such events alone, with family/friends, or with SEA Admit if you’d like. However, after Bruin Day or any UCLA orientation/open house concludes, we expect you to return to continue our program.

The link to the RSVP form can be found here. Upon logging in, there will be a column on the left hand side with all of the programs you are invited to. Bruin Day should be the first option and SEA Admit Weekend should be right underneath it. It will only show up if you marked that you identify as Southeast Asian in your application. Please email  if you are still facing difficulties finding the RSVP form.

Generally, if you put your best effort into providing thoughtful responses on the application, we will most likely accept you.

Yes, we will most likely be able to accommodate you. However, keep in mind, you will be missing our college resources workshop during this time.

We understand that attending school is important, however, we still highly encourage that you participate in the SEA Admit Weekend. What is unique about the Weekend is that our agenda included sitting in on real classes, which unfortunately means that our program must take place on a weekday and you will have to miss one day of school. Just to clarify, you will not be missing school on Thursday (unless you’re from out of state and need to arrange for earlier flights) as the program begins that evening at 7pm. However, you will be missing school on Friday. We encourage you to inform your teachers, arrange make up work if necessary, and stress to them the importance of your participation in the weekend in choosing the college of your choice. If you would like us to send a supporting email to any of your teachers, don’t hesitate to ask.

Aside from the cost of purchasing souvenirs and other personal expenses, the event, food, and housing are ALL FREE! The only other expense you may have is transportation. However, we are providing free need-based transportation from the Orange County and Los Angeles areas

Transportation

For students who do not live within these areas, we will be providing some travel scholarships to cover the costs of train or airfare. Once approved for the scholarship, you will obtain a free round-trip plane ticket to LAX courtesy of Southwest Airlines or a ticket for Amtrak. Selection will be based on financial need, relative distance from UCLA, and essay answers.

If you are an out-of-state or outside of driving distance from UCLA, please apply for the travel scholarship. If you can make it to San Gabriel High School, Westminster High School, or LAX then there is a possibility for us to shuttle you to UCLA.

Unfortunately, because of limited space we require that all of our student participants attend the entire weekend from Thursday, April 14th to Sunday, April 17th, 2016. If you have specific concerns, you may contact the core committee at  and we will evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis.

We ask that you provide us the 9-digit UCLA ID number that can be found on your acceptance letter. This is NOT your UC application number.

SIR is short for Statement of Intent to Register. When you have decided on a college to attend, you must submit an SIR as confirmation that you will be attending their school in the fall.

If you have any further questions, you may check out the website at seaadmit.com, email us at seaadmit@gmail.com, or contact one of our co-chairs at (323) 786-2732.