Students Who Engage, Learn & Lead (SWELL)



SWELL stands for Students Who Engage, Learn & Lead, and is a new student engagement initiative designed for first year CSE students. The goal of the program is to engage students with the CSE Department and UC San Diego community to foster student involvement throughout their first academic year. We want to help you navigate all of the resources that UCSD has to offer, as well as help you build some solid connections with your peers.

The program is open, by application, to all first year CSE freshmen and CSE transfer students. It runs the duration of your first year at UCSD, throughout Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, and we will accept two small cohorts of students to participate. 

The main components of the program include workshop attendance and reflection papers. Students will be expected to attend workshops and programs hosted by the CSE Department and other campus entities, submit quarterly reflection papers, and attend SWELL cohort meetings. We will introduce you to a wide variety of campus resources that will help you take advantage of all that UCSD has to offer, all the while building friendships and connections with your peers!


One of the great things about attending UC San Diego is that there are so many resources available to help students throughout their educational journey. However, we know that going to a new campus, especially one as large as UCSD, can be a bit overwhelming to navigate, especially in your first year. SWELL is designed to help mitigate that issue, and allow you to kickstart your UCSD career on the right foot!

You will have a chance to connect with other first year students in your major, receive mentorship from our SWELL Guides (students who have participated in the past), and have exclusive access to special events hosted by the CSE Department.


The SWELL application for the 2021 - 2022 academic year is now closed. Thank you to all who applied to participate in this program - we are looking forward to a great year together!

Applicants will be notified of their SWELL status by the end of FA21 Week 3. Please email with any questions.

Updated 10.11.2021