a non-refundable fee



Application OPENS on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 8:00am (PST)
Application CLOSES on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 5:00pm (PST)
Official Transcripts must be postmarked on/before Friday, February 17th, 2017
For admission consideration ALL MATERIALS must be completed on/before Friday, February 17th, 2017
Final admissions decisions will be emailed to all applicants on Friday, April 14th, 2017 after 5pm (PDT)


Rising 8th graders (will be in 9th grade in Fall 2017) through rising 11th graders (will be in 12th grade in Fall 2017).  Applicants from California (attend high school in CA or students whose parents pay taxes in CA, but attend boarding school out-of-state) are given priority for admission.  Students who are from outside of California (within the US and international) may apply, but COSMOS can only admit at most 20 out-of-state students per summer program.

all materials required to be considered for admission and due Feburary, 17, 2017

1)  Completed online application, including one personal statement
2)  Two teacher letters of recommendation (STEM teacher preferred, others accepted)
**We are receiving a large number of undeliverable reference emails.  Please have your teacher request the school or district IT staff to whitelist our email from  We do not accept emailed or mailed reference letters, and the letters must be submitted by the application deadline (February 17th, 2017 at 5pm PST).**
3)  Official high school transcripts (9th graders will also submit middle school report cards)--mailed directly to the campus you are applying

UC Davis UC Irvine UC San Diego UC Santa Cruz
Attention: COSMOS 
1204 Mathematical Sciences Building
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Attention: COSMOS
120 Theory, Suite 150
Irvine, CA 92697-2505

Attention: COSMOS
9500 Gilman Dr., MC 0429
Jacobs Hall, Room 1205
San Diego, CA 92093
Attention: COSMOS
Educational Partnership Center
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

4)  Parent/guardian eSignature(s) in the parent portal
5)  Application fee ($30)--payable online with a credit card or check, see below for details

mailed to COSMOS Statewide and will not affect admission to COSMOS

1)  Financial aid application
2)  Tax return cover sheet or TANF (no social security numbers please)

application fee; deposit & tuition

Credit card payments available, as of 4/10/17, a 2.3% service fee will be added to all online payments

Mail check or money order to (payable to "UC Regents"):
please note on the check which campus you are applying, i.e. UCSD, and include applicant's name.

Cashier's Office
University of California
PO Box 989062
West Sacramento, CA  95798-9062