Excellence in Economics (EXEC) is a program designed specially for first-year transfer students pursuing a degree with the UCLA Department of Economics.


The UCLA Department of Economics and the UCLA Alumni Association are committed to the successful transition of transfer students to the campus community. The EXEC program will equip first-year transfer students with the skills and resources to excel academically, socially, and professionally. 

Approximately 40-50 transfer students will be selected to this program and will participate together in required academic courses and career planning programs. Through these required components, students will have the opportunity to build community with other transfer students, and expand their professional network with faculty, staff and alumni.

Program Format and Requirements

Academic Preparation:  To position transfer students for academic success, EXEC students will take two of their fall quarter courses together: Econ 97 (Economics Toolkit) and Econ 11 (Microeconomic Theory). Econ 97 will include a math review, discussion of effective study skills, and an introduction to some of the research done by economists. Students in EXEC will be required to enroll in one of two discussion sections of Econ 11 reserved exclusively for EXEC students.

Career Preparation:  Students are also required to participate in three career planning sessions led by Gerald Corporal, Director of Alumni Career Engagement of the UCLA Alumni Association. These sessions will assist students with their resume, elevator pitch, developing a strategy for internship recruitment, and connecting with alumni. Students will also receive a peer mentor; a second year transfer student. The career planning sessions will begin prior to the start of fall classes; please hold the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, September 23, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7, 6 - 8 p.m.

Currently, EXEC is only open to new transfer students (entering UCLA in Fall 2020) from the following majors:

  • Pre-Economics
  • Pre-Business Economics
  • Pre-Math/Econ

All applicants need to be enrolled full-time during the 2020-2021 academic year (enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter).

If you are applying for this program, please note the scheduled time for Econ 11-1  and Econ 97. There are two lecture sections for Econ 11, Econ 11-1 and Econ 11-2. This program uses Econ 11-1. The reserved discussion sections for Econ 11 meet on Wednesdays from 11 - 11:50 a.m and Wednesday from 4 - 4:50 p.m. You will be required to attend one of these sections. Please be sure that you can attend during these times. Should you not be accepted into the program, we will help you find an alternative section for Econ 11 that works for your schedule.

Application Information
DEADLINE:  Friday, August 28 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific)
Admission is competitive, and EXEC is limited to 40-50 students. Your application materials will factor in to your admission status. Please use the application to clearly articulate your academic and career goals and how EXEC will help you achieve them.

For any questions, please contact Gerald Corporal at gcorporal@partnership.ucla.edu. 

The 2020-2021 WE@UCLA (Women in Engineering at UCLA) Leadership Academy will be a collaborative virtual experience where students can engage with Engineering alumnae and delve into important professional and personal topics. 

With sessions addressing topics as as gender, resilience, communication, team-building, and leadership, this virtual co-curricular program brings together successful Engineering alumnae, professional development, and skills building together in a two-quarter program. Cadets (that's what we call our Academy participants) will  build community, sharpen job-related skills, practice interviewing for an engineering role, network with companies looking to hire engineering graduates, and clarify their own values, goals, and leadership style.

To be considered for the program, applicants must submit a resume and one-page essay addressing the representation of women in engineering. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of UCLA faculty, staff and community partners.  

Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate UCLA Engineering students from any engineering major who will be 2nd, 3rd, or 4th years (undergraduate) or in an UCLA Engineering masters / Ph.D. program in the 2020-2021 academic year and who support increasing the representation of women in engineering. Incoming 1st year UCLA Engineering students are also eligible to apply by invitation from WE@UCLA staff.

A note on the application: Personal background questions help us to learn more about our candidate pool but will not be used in evaluating your acceptance into the program nor will your answers to these questions be shared with outside professionals reviewing candidate applications. Outside professionals reviewing applications will only have access to applicant resumes and essay question responses.

Application Deadline: Sept. 3

All WE@UCLA Leadership Academy participants must be available and therefore agree to virtually attend sessions on the following dates: 

  •  Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 (12 - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 (12 - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Oct. 31 , 2020  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Jan 9, 2021  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021  (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 (12  - 1 p.m.) 
  •  Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 (12  - 1 p.m.) 

Due to the dynamic nature of COVID-19, the WE@UCLA team has chosen to hold the entire program virtually for the coming year. The nature of UCLA's re-opening is still to be determined.

If you have questions about the WE@UCLA Leadership Academy, please contact Alumni Career Engagement by emailing our office at gko@support.ucla.edu or contacting our office at (310) 415-2868.

Thank you for your interest in the 2020-2021 William F. Sharpe Fellowship.

The Sharpe Fellows Program annually selects the top UCLA undergraduate business students, and are supported by alumni, community members, and employers who are invested in the career and professional development needs of Sharpe Fellows. Prospective candidates must have a demonstrated interest in pursuing a business career, particularly in corporate finance, management consulting, or technology. Successful candidates should also have an interest in leadership development and a genuine enthusiasm for civic engagement.

In order to be considered for the program, you MUST meet all eligibility requirements and complete the entire application.


  • Undergraduate students, enrolled full-time (12+ units) at UCLA during 2020-2021
  • Expected graduation date of December 2021, March 2022, or June 2022
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA


DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Monday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific)

VIRTUAL INTERVIEW DAY:  Friday, September 11 

  • Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee. The selection committee consists of distinguished alumni, UCLA staff, and former Sharpe Fellows. Interviews will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Pacific) and will be conducted using Zoom. Since Interview Day is virtual, all applicants must be available during that time - there will be no other interview times offered.

NEW MEMBER BRIEFING:  Friday, September 18

  • A mandatory meeting will take place (time TBD) to go over expectations and requirements for the year, and to discuss preparation for internship recruitment.

For any questions regarding this program, please contact the Sharpe Fellows program manager, Gerald Corporal at gcorporal@partnership.ucla.edu. 

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