Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will I find out if I am admitted?
A: March 27th at 5pm (PDT) via the online account established when you applied. Check your status online.

Q: How much does COSMOS cost?
A: Tuition for Summer 2020 costs $4,128 ($200 nonrefundable deposit and $3,928 remaining tuition) and includes room and board. Students may apply for financial aid during the application process. Tuition is $6,500 for non-California residents and non-California residents are not eligible for financial aid.

Q: Is there financial aid?
A: Yes, please mark that you would like to apply for financial aid and send in the required documents as requested.

Q: Where do I mail my financial aid documentation?
A: COSMOS Statewide Office
230 Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Q: Who do I speak with if I have a question regarding financial aid or payments?
A: Please contact Johnny Chavez at the Statewide office. His email is

Q: What is an official high school transcript?
A: An official high school transcript is requested from your counselor or Registrar. It must be signed, sealed, and sent out by the postmark deadline.

Q: I’m in 9th grade – what if I don’t have an official high school transcript or grades?
A: All 9th graders who want to apply must send in a copy of their 8th grade report card (this doesn’t have to be official). They must also send in an official 9th grade transcript. Most high schools will provide you with one that will list the courses you are currently enrolled in, even if your grades aren’t entered before the postmark deadline.

Q: Can I change clusters after I am accepted?
A: No. If you choose to accept our offer of admission, it is only to the cluster stated on your admission notice.

Q: Can I get high school or college credit for completing COSMOS?
A: COSMOS is not meant to replace high school or college course work, and does not grant academic credit. Additionally, there are no tests and no grades. Among the benefits is something substantial to write about in your college application.

Q: I may have some prior commitments during some of the days of COSMOS. Is it okay if I leave for a few days and return?
A: NO! It is crucial that you attend the program for the entire four weeks. The courses are condensed and fast-paced, and to ensure the full experience you cannot afford to miss part of the program. Weekends, however, are easily accommodated. Contact the director if you have a question.

Q: If I remain on campus for the weekend, do I have to participate in the recreational field trips?
A: Yes. All students participate in the off campus events (San Diego Zoo, Beach Day, and Angel’s Stadium baseball). Students are not allowed to remain in the dorms unattended.

Q: Can I go home if I do not wish to participate in weekend activities?
A: Yes, you may go home each Friday; check out is 4pm-6:30pm. You will need to “check-out” and “check-in” with the COSMOS staff. This includes leaving your room key at COSMOS check-out. You may also leave campus on Sundays during family days, but must be back by 6:00 pm. NOTE: there is no Saturday check-out, as staff are busy organizing scheduled activities.

Q: If I’m admitted, what should I bring?
A: Please click here for a list of items you will need.

Q: If I’m admitted to COSMOS and something else comes up so I cannot attend, can I defer my admission to next summer?
A: Admission is for the year you apply only; you cannot defer attendance. If you are admitted and decide not to attend but want to do so in the future, you must re-apply.

Q: Can I receive mail while I am attending COSMOS?
A: Yes. You will be staying in the Middle Earth Dorms. Address: COSMOS-UCI, 529 E. Peltason, Irvine, CA 92697. Please include  the name of the Dorm Hall on the front of the envelope or package.

Q: May I have visitors during the program?
A: Only on Sunday! If you decide to remain on campus for the weekend(s), your immediate family may visit on Sundays between 8am and 6:30pm and take you off campus for religious services, etc. No parents or family members are permitted in dorm rooms except for move in/out days.

Q: What exactly is the “residential life” noted in the COSMOS schedule?
A: During this time, generally 5pm to 10pm, you will be able to interact with other COSMOS students and staff and participate in the numerous recreational and academic activities prepared just for you, such as sports tournaments, COSMOS Olympics, Casino Night, Talent Show and other social activities.

Q: Can I bring my computer?
A: Yes, you may bring your own laptop or desktop computer. COSMOS is not responsible for damage or loss. The campus has several computer labs available for use. COSMOS has a small computer lab in Middle Earth equipped with iMacs that will be available to students for academic and personal use during the evening and on weekends.

Q: Do I have internet access in my room?
A: Yes, UCI Housing has free wifi. If registration is an issue, COSMOS staff will assist with the process.

Q: Can I bring my car to COSMOS?
A: No. As a high school student, you will not be able to purchase a permit. There is no need for a car as COSMOS will provide transportation to and from all field trips. Your family will need to take you to and from campus.

Q: I would like to have my own room, is that possible?
A: No single occupancy rooms are available. A part of COSMOS that students enjoy is the social interaction and the friendships they establish during the program. Having a roommate will not only help you accomplish this, but will give you a real taste of college life.

Q: Are athletic facilities available for use while I attend COSMOS?
A: Students can use the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) pool on Sunday afternoons for scheduled activities ONLY. Non UCI students are not allowed access to the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) on a daily basis. There is also a running club that meets weekday mornings before class at 6am.

Q: Will I need spending money?
A: Yes, it’s a good idea to bring pocket money. You may want to purchase souvenirs at the UCI bookstore. You will also have the opportunity to visit the University Town Center, across from UCI, where there are various fast food restaurants and gift shops.

Q: Is travel to and from UCI included in financial assistance?
A: No. Financial assistance covers only the tuition cost. If getting to campus presents a problem for your family, consider asking your school principal or community organization to help you make travel arrangements.

Q: I will be traveling by airline to COSMOS. How should I plan to get to campus?
A: You will need to make your own arrangements for ground transportation – either book a shuttle service online or take a taxi for the short ride to campus from John Wayne Airport. Many shuttle services are available. Admitted students will receive directions to campus/Middle Earth Housing. Visit for shuttle information.