COSMOS is an intensive four-week summer residential program for students who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic and professional careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Talented and motivated students completing grades 8-12 have the opportunity to be mentored by renowned faculty, researchers, and scientists in state-of-the-art facilities while exploring advanced STEM topics far beyond the courses usually offered in California high schools. Through challenging hands-on and lab-intensive curricula, COSMOS fosters its students' interests, skills, and awareness of educational and career options in STEM fields.
Students apply to one of the four University of California's COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz. While each campus employs the best practices in STEM education, each program's curriculum builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160-200 participants, so the selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. In addition, students must have achieved academic excellence. Students are REQUIRED to live on campus for the duration of the program to receive the completion diploma and be considered COSMOS Alumni.
In making admission decisions, we consider the following factors:
Grades, especially in math and science courses
Math/science teacher recommendations
Response to one personal essay question
For 2022, COSMOS will be limited to California Residents ONLY. All accepted students must also show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID test 72 hours or less prior to arrival on campus.
Financial assistance is available for tuition. However, all accepted students must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit when accepting the offer. This amount is credited toward the tuition and is not covered by financial aid unless otherwise stated. Students who reside in California and attend school in California may apply for financial assistance. Students are evaluated for financial assistance based on family size, income, and funding availability.