COSMOS Overview

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"COSMOS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you think this is JUST a typical nerd camp, you better think twice!"
- COSMOS Student

Summary of Program
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 work with 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 curriculum that is both hands-on and lab intensive, 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, the curriculum of each program builds on the unique teaching and research expertise of its faculty and host campus. Each campus can only accommodate about 160 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence. Our policy os to admit 9-11 graders first. The application will be available online January 21st. In making admission decisions, we consider the following factors:
  • Grades, especially in math and science courses
  • Math/science teacher recommendations
  • Participation in math/science activities
  • Responses to short-response questions
2014 Program Dates
UC Irvine: June 29 - July 25
UC Davis / UC San Diego / UC Santa Cruz July 6 - August 2
Application Fee: $30 (non refundable)
Tuition Fee*: $3,100 (includes room and board)

* Students from outside of California pay the out-of-state fee of $6,000 and are not eligible for financial assistance.
Financial Assistance
Full and partial financial assistance is available for tuition. California students who qualify for free/reduced lunch under The National School Lunch Program may qualify to receive financial assistance based on verification requirements and the availability of funding. Students not receiving free/reduced lunch will be evaluated for financial assistance based on family size and income.