Students attending high school in California are considered in-state applicants; this includes high school students who have AB540 or DACA status. Additionally, students attending boarding school outside of California but who have permanent residence (parents/guardians pay CA taxes) can be considered in-state. Due to the complexity of this issue, if you have questions, please get in touch with Statewide directly.
Can I apply to multiple campuses?
No. You may only apply to one campus and select one first-choice cluster and one second-choice cluster.
Will SAT or ACT test scores be used for admission?
No. COSMOS will not consider SAT or ACT test scores when making admission decisions or awarding financial aid.
Can I apply if I have attended COSMOS before?
What is a CASSID?
This is your California student identification number. Please ask your school registrar or counselor if you don't know this number.CASSID does not apply to an out-of-state or international student,
How do I know if my high school class meets the cluster prerequisites?
Admissions decisions and clusters are administered at the campus level. Don't hesitate to contact the campus directly if you have any questions regarding prerequisites. Please carefully review cluster information on the campus websites.
How to submit the application fee?
The application fee is payable only in the Parent/Guardian Portal. Parents will be notified by email that they can create a login and password. They can then make payments and submit their electronic signature (and submit optional financial aid information).
I applied last year. Can I use my same login ID?
Yes. You will need to create a new application each year, as the application may vary year to year, but you may log in with the same account.
If admitted, do I have to live on campus?
Yes, Students are required to live on the campus they are admitted to for the duration of the program to receive the program completion certification and be listed as COSMOS alumni.
Is the application fee refunded for incomplete or non-admitted applications?
No, the $30 application fee is a non-refundable administrative fee.
Can I send late application materials?
Due to the competitive nature of our program and to create a fair application process for all, we do not accept late materials or payments. Materials must be submitted by the posted deadline for application review. Late materials will not be received and will render your application incomplete, and will not be reviewed for admission.
What if my school is on holiday during the week of the deadline?
As many schools have holiday schedules during January, plan ahead and speak with your teachers and transcript officials early to avoid school closures. Unfortunately, we do not accept late materials.
What should I write in my application essay?
The essay is your personal statement about yourself. You tell us what you want us to know about you, simple as that.
Is there a word limit to the essay?
Yes, it is given by the text box in the application.
Is there a word limit to the cluster choice essay(s)?
Yes, it is given by the text box in the application.
Does applying for financial aid affect the admissions decision?
No. The reviews of admission and financial aid are done separately.
Does financial aid cover the application fee and deposit?
The $40 application fee is not covered by financial aid. For students who have received financial aid to cover the full tuition, the $200 deposit will be refunded to the parents after the students successfully complete the program. The deposit will not be refunded if a student does not show up for the program, does not participate, or otherwise does not successfully complete the program activities.
When will I know if I've received financial aid?
Financial aid notification will come with your admission decision.
Where do I send my financial aid application and supporting materials?
COSMOS Statewide will evaluate financial aid upon admissions recommendations of the faculty. All financial aid documentation must be sent directly to the Statewide Office. Please see here for the mailing address.
Do the recommendations need to come from a STEM teacher?
Yes — one MUST be a STEM teacher; Counselors or other individuals that can speak to your academic achievement are acceptable as a SECOND (non-required) recommendation.
What information will I need for requesting teacher recommendations?
1) Your teachers' names and 2) their work email addresses.
Upon completing the reference portion of your application, teachers will be notified that they have been requested to submit a recommendation on your behalf.
Will teachers be asked to submit or upload a letter?
Teachers will be asked to answer several questions about the applicants' performance and abilities in STEM-related topics and rank them in relation to their peers. There will be an optional text box for additional comments, but there is no requirement for a formal letter of recommendation requirement.
Will I know when my teachers have submitted a recommendation on my behalf?
Yes, you can see if a recommendation has been submitted on your login checklist.
My teacher didn't get an email to upload their recommendation.
Some school districts mark certain emails as spam. Please have your teacher request the school or district IT staff to whitelist our email email@example.com.
When are admissions decisions available?
See our Dates and Deadlines page for more information.
Does COSMOS have a waitlist?
Some programs have a waitlist, while others do not. See our Dates and Deadlines page for more information.
If I'm denied, can I apply again?
Yes, if you meet the 8-12th grade criteria, you may apply again if you've been denied. Your denial will not impact future applications to COSMOS.
Do I need to send official transcripts?
Official transcripts will be required of students who are admitted to the program. They will need to be sent by the acceptance deadline. The best option is to have the official transcript emailed to the campus you will be attending. Please see below.
What are official transcripts?
Official versions are most often sent directly by your high school counselor or registrar through regular mail directly to the COSMOS program to which you are applying (details provided in the application). Your school may also give you an official version of your transcript inside a sealed envelope for you to send yourself. If so, do not open this envelope, as it must remain sealed in order to be considered official.
Where do I mail the transcripts?
You must send transcripts directly to the COSMOS program to which you are applying. Official transcripts will be accepted via email but must be sent by a school official from their school email address to the correct campus address listed below.
|UC Davis||UC Irvine||UC San Diego||UC Santa Cruz|
1204 Mathematical Sciences Building
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0429
Jacobs Hall, Room 1205
La Jolla, CA 92093
Educational Partnership Center
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Do you accept electronic transcripts?
Some schools use an online service like Parchment to send transcripts. These online transcripts are accepted as official if sent from your school to COSMOS. The Parchment site will let you know if your school uses this service or not. If not, you will need to order them directly from the high school registrar or counselor. Plan to order these early in the application process or even before. Late transcripts are not accepted.
What does "postmarked" mean?
Official transcripts (see above) and check payments must be at the post office, stamped, and mailed by the deadline. This means that the post office (not necessarily COSMOS) must receive the materials by the deadline. Check your local post office for business hours.
Can I use Unofficial transcripts?
Unofficial transcripts will need to be uploaded to the application as a PDF prior to submission. They must be generated after the date application opens.
Will I be required to show proof of vaccination in order to attend?
Students must comply with the local campus vaccine policies while attending COSMOS. For details:
UC Davis: https://campusready.ucdavis.edu/covid-vaccination
UC San Diego: https://returntolearn.ucsd.edu/vaccination/vaccination/index.html
UC Irvine: https://shc.uci.edu/immunization-requirements/exemptions
UC Santa Cruz: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/covid-vaccine.html#exception
Can I apply to COSMOS if I am not a California resident and/or an international student?
NO, COSMOS is limited to California students only. If your circumstances are unclear, please contact COSMOS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are international students allowed to apply?
Yes, Please refer to the answer above regarding non-California residents.
* 2023 COSMOS is limited to California Residents ONLY. All accepted students must show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test 72 hours or less prior to arrival on campus.
Application fee; deposit & tuition
For all credit card payments, a 2.85% transaction fee for each transaction applies. The transaction fee is charged by the third-party processor, not COSMOS, and is not refundable even if the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back.
University banking policy dictates that we assess this charge separately from the deposit and tuition payments, thus you will be asked to submit two payments, 1) tuition and/or deposit, and 2) the service fee.
If you choose to pay by credit card, you must submit both the payment and the service fee before the stated deadlines for your admission to be complete. Alternatively, you may choose to avoid the service charge, by mailing a check or money order, postmarked by the stated deadline, to:
University of California
PO Box 989062
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9062
Make check or money order payable to "UC Regents" (not COSMOS).
Please note on the check to which campus you are applying, i.e. COSMOS UCD, and include the applicant's name.
DISCLAIMER: COSMOS is not responsible for lost, held, or damaged mail. COSMOS is not responsible for delivery errors via carrier, or incorrect shipping info. PLEASE CHECK YOUR INFORMATION, and do not request receiving a signature upon delivery. Registered mail is recommended.