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OASIS: Information for Faculty and Staff

Learn how the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) serves UCSD undergraduate students.


The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) is one of the largest learning communities at UCSD that empowers students personally, academically, and professionally. Our students and staff are innovative, productive and engaged global citizens who are committed to social responsibility and promoting a diverse community of people, ideas and perspectives. We accomplish this through academic success initiatives, leadership development and bridging partnerships that move our students to change the world.

The mission of OASIS is to facilitate the intellectual and personal development of UC San Diego students, with a particular focus on students who are the first in their families to attend college, students from under resourced communities and underrepresented students. Through a challenging and supportive environment that emphasizes collaboration, validation, equity and social justice, OASIS contributes positively to students’ retention, achievement, learning and empowerment.

OASIS Transition Programs (OTP)

TRiO Student Support Services Program (SSSP)

Celebrating our 25th year anniversary in 2018, SSSP is a federally-funded grant program that provides tutoring and counseling services for up to 200 students from the time they step on to campus to their graduation. SSSP also provides financial and economic assistance to students interested in applying to graduate and professional programs. As of Fall 2017, 60% of SSSP students were transfer students from California community colleges and 40% were first-time incoming students.

Summer Bridge

With 40 years of rich history, our award-winning Summer Bridge is an academic transition scholarship program that provides 300 incoming freshmen with tools and resources to jumpstart their first year in college. Students take two progress-to-degree courses during second summer session and may qualify to receive an additional merit-based textbook scholarship. Students are assigned an Academic Transition Counselor – a peer mentor – that provides guidance to them until the end of their first year.


In 2016, 2Excel was founded to tackle a profound and fundamental challenge sophomores were facing. National research suggests that a quarter of sophomores do not feel at home on their campuses or energized by their classes. Students are faced with overwhelming questions, like "what are you majoring in" and "what are you going to do with your life?" 2Excel provides personal and career counseling services to 130 students to help guide them in these transformative and life-changing choices.

Hope Scholars

The Hope Scholars Program supports former foster youth and students with housing or food insecurity by delivering unique benefits, such as access to on-campus housing all year round (including the summer before your first fall term), priority course enrollment, student employment opportunities, assistance with financial aid applications, and personal and career counseling. In collaboration with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, the Hope Scholars program also awards scholarships up to $5,000 per academic year to eligible students.

Tutoring Services

OASIS also offers tutoring services to all UC-San Diego students through our Math and Science and Language Arts Tutorial Services. In Fall 2017, our tutorial programs served over 1,700 unique students, 60% of which found us through referrals from our campus partners. Our tutorial services are inspired by Uri Treisman’s (1985) model on effective academic support systems and Sam Museus’s (2014) model on culturally engaging campus environments (CECE), and are led by facilitators and tutors who create learning communities that foster collaborative, fearless and student-centered learning. We also work collaboratively with the Teaching + Learning Commons and other tutoring opportunities across campus to ensure consistent quality, training and a variety of academic support services based on students’ needs and interests.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, OASIS’s Tutorial Services are offering assistance in the following courses:

Math and Science Tutorial Program

  • CHEM 4: Introduction to College Chemistry
  • CHEM 6A: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 6B: General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 6C: General Chemistry III
  • CHEM 40A: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 40B: Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 40C: Organic Chemistry III
  • MATH 3C: Precalculus
  • MATH 4C: Precalculus for Science and Engineering
  • MATH 11: Calculus-Based Introductory Probability and Statistics
  • MATH 18: Linear Algebra
  • MATH 10A: Calculus I
  • MATH 10B: Calculus II
  • MATH 10C: Calculus III
  • MATH 20A: Calculus for Science and Engineering I
  • MATH 20B: Calculus for Science and Engineering II
  • MATH 20C: Calculus and Analytic Geometry for Science and Engineering III
  • MATH 20D: Introduction to Differential Equations
  • MATH 20E: Vector Calculus
  • PHYS 1A: Mechanics
  • PHYS 1B: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 1C: Waves, Optics, and Modern Physics
  • PHYS 2A: Physics - Mechanics
  • PHYS 2B: Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 2C: Physics - Fluids, Waves, Thermodynamics, and Optics

Language Arts Tutorial Program

  • AWP 1, AWP 2A, AWP 2B
  • CAT 1, CAT 2, CAT 3
  • DOC 1, DOC 2, DOC 3
  • HUM 1, HUM 2, HUM 3, HUM 4, HUM 5
  • MCWP 40, MCWP 50
  • MMW 11, MMW 12, MMW 13, MMW 14, MMW 15
  • WCWP 10A, WCWP 10B, WCWP 100
  • All French Courses (e.g., LIFR, LTFR)
  • All Spanish Courses (e.g., LISP, LTSP)
  • Academic/ Study Skills (e.g., personal statement writing, time management, goal setting, note taking strategies)
  • And many more courses across disciplines. Log on to https://oasismatrix.ucsd.edu to view all courses.