The School of Education welcomed 820 new and continuing Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences (BAES) students on September 24th.
Sixty-six (66) percent (540) of UCI's BAES students entered the program as "first generation" students - the first member of their family to pursue a university degree. Forty-eight (48) percent (395) have identified as an Under Represented Minority (URM) student. Forty-one (41) percent (335) have chosen to pursue a double major.
During welcome week orientation, SoE Student Affairs staff and current BAES students described the support and networking opportunities available to undergraduates. They encouraged new freshmen to explore the four SoE-sponsored, student-administered clubs for BAES majors: Teachers of Tomorrow, Club Lightbulb, Bilingual Teacher Student Association, and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, described below.
SoE Student Affairs has introduced two new support activities this fall that offer first generation and transfer students opportunities to talk with counselors and network with fellow students.
UCI's Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences was introduced in 2014 and currently is the third most popular major on the UCI campus. As of Summer 2018, over 1,000 undergraduates have received their BAES degree.