Selection is competitive but if you don’t apply, you’ll never know! The program will serve up to 180 students in 9 different STEM subject areas. Some courses have prerequisites to ensure success in the program. UCI faculty teaching for COSMOS will review all applications. Admission is based upon:

  • 3.0 gpa* minimum; official transcripts; emphasis on science/math grades (Do not send test scores, student resume, certificates of achievement of other affidavits of merit; these items will not be considered)
  • Personal Statement
  • Two recommendation from a math, science, or other STEM teacher is required. Plan to ask your teacher well in advance if they would complete a COSMOS recommendation on your behalf, supporting your application.
    • ***IMPORTANT UPDATE ON RECOMMENDATION REQUIREMENT FOR COSMOS APPLICATIONS: Due to the evolving labor dispute in a number of California school districts, no recommendations are required or accepted for 2019 applications. 
  • The applicant’s interest, motivation, leadership and school or community involvement
  • APPLICATION TIP: your essays are a key component of the application. Use good grammar and punctuation (texting language is inappropriate). Invest time in your essay answers! Proofread!

*Most admitted students have a 3.5 gpa or higher.

Special Note for 8th Grade Students:

Only graduating 8th graders achieving academic excellence in science or math courses BEYOND the typical 8th grade level will be considered for admission. These students must be mature enough to participate in a four-week residential program away from home and live independently and responsibly. Only a small percentage of 8th grade applicants are admitted to COSMOS each year. Parents should consider if they are ready to have their son or daughter be away from home. Regardless of student age or grade level, parents are not permitted to visit the program.

Returning Student Policy:

Due to the high demand for participation in COSMOS, students who have already attended COSMOS are not eligible to apply at this time.

Tuition Costs:

Tuition for Summer 2019 is $3,932.