COSMOS offers a distinct opportunity to develop skills for
success in a college-like residential learning community.
COSMOS provides students with a residential life experience that introduces them to the college culture of a UC campus. While residing at one of the four COSMOS campuses, students are introduced to the resources, classrooms, and laboratories of the University of California. They also have access to university services, including libraries, computer labs, and recreational and cultural facilities. Living on campus allows COSMOS students to meet, work, and socialize with like-minded peers who share their enthusiasm for mathematics and science. Becoming an active participant in the COSMOS learning community enables students to break their intellectual isolation and be challenged in a positive and nurturing environment. The residential program model at COSMOS cultivates
a sense of joint purpose and promotes supportive teamwork through small class size, integrative and collaborative learning, group projects, research presentations, and alumni programs.
Students are required to live on campus for the duration of the program. Living on campus allows students ample opportunities to form lasting friendships with like-minded peers who share the same interests in mathematics and science. On weekends, students may attend additional recreational field trips.
Residence hall food is served cafeteria-style, three times a day with a wide selection of food including fresh fruit, an array of salads, and several choices for entree, daily soups and sandwich bar. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at every meal. Reasonable accommodations may be made for other special dietary needs.
Residential advisors (RAs) organize and help conduct activities in the residence halls. COSMOS offers a variety of fun activities, such as team sports (basketball, volleyball, soccer and flag football), social events (dance lessons, karaoke and movie night), and special events (COSMOS Olympics, casino night and talent show). In addition, there will be weekend trips to local sites of interest. There is something for everyone.
The COSMOS staff at each campus includes a Residential Director, professional live-in staff, and UC undergraduate Residential Assistants. Prior to the start of COSMOS, all staff goes through extensive training and are CPR/First Aid certified.
COSMOS policies are put in place to keep the students safe at all times. Some of these policies include:
- Students must be in the dorms by 10 p.m.
- No traveling on campus alone. Students must use the buddy system.
- If going off campus, students must be accompanied by a COSMOS staff member.
- On field trips, students must check in with staff at designated locations and times.
The COSMOS policies were designed to help us ensure each student’s safety and manage a large group of teenagers on the campus. There is one set of rules for all students, regardless of their age or "freedom" allowed at home. Older students, or students who are used to operating more independently should consider this before coming to COSMOS.