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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 curricula that are 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 160-200 participants, so selection is competitive. A typical COSMOS student has a GPA of 3.5 or above. Students must have achieved academic excellence. The application will be available online January 19th. 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
Program Dates
COSMOS 2016 dates:
UC Irvine: July 10 - August 5
UC Santa Cruz, San Diego and Davis: July 10 - August 6
Application Fee: $30 (non refundable)
Tuition Fee*: $3,400 (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
Financial assistance is available for tuition. All accepted students must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of accepting the offer. This amount is counted toward the tuition, and is not covered by the financial assistance. Students who are residents of and attend school in California may apply for financial assistance. Students will be evaluated for financial assistance based on family size, income and availability of funding.