2020 PATH


  • The 2020 PATH Summer Academy application will be live in late Spring 2020
  • Students must first be accepted to UC San Diego before they can apply. 
  • Students are encouraged to apply to PATH as soon as they accept their offer of admission from UC San Diego and submit their SIR (Statement of Intent to Register).
  • Students will be notified of acceptance into the program via email, sent to the UC San Diego e-mail address. Acceptance notices will be sent by the first week in June. Students will need to complete a variety of documents immediately after accepted into the program, to meet deadlines for Summer Session 1. 


  • Orientation Dinner: Sunday, June 28th, 2020
    • During the Orientation Dinner, students meet their mentors, receive books, parking passes, ID cards, schedules for the summer academy and other important information for the summer academy. Attendance is required.
  • Academy: June 29 – July 31st, 2020, in Summer Session 1.
    • A full schedule of classes, required workshops and activities will be provided by June 2020. Students are expected to make any needed accommodations with work or other responsibilities to be able to attend all program classes and workshops.


Everyone enrolled in the 2020 PATH Academy will take:

  • HIUS 114B—California History
    • Taught by Professor Danny Widener
    • Monday/Wednesday 11:00am – 1:50pm
  • LTCS 165—Special Topics: The Politics of Food
    • Taught by Professor Stephanie Jed
    • Tuesday/Thursday 11:00am – 1:50pm

In addition, students will have required workshops prior to classes at least twice a week. Optional social activities will also be offered.


Students accepted into the Summer Academy are required to sign a contract, confirming their commitment to the program and promising to adhere to the rules. Download the contract: (coming soon)


Students in the program are offered the opportunity to live on-campus in dorm housing during the 5-week program. On-campus living is strongly encouraged and provides more opportunities to connect with peers in the program, learn the campus and feel better prepared for fall.

More housing information will be provided to students after acceptance into the program.


Students will be given Dining Dollars during the program that can be used to purchase food at specific locations on campus. Food will also be provided during certain activities and workshops. Details on the dining locations will be provided during the orientation dinner.


There are zero out-of-pocket expenses for students. Tuition, fees, books, on-campus housing, parking, and dining dollars are all provided to students. In addition, students will receive a $1,500 stipend after completing the program. Full participation in all aspects of the Summer Academy is expected and participants will be required to sign the contract before participating in the program. 


Peer mentors play a significant part in the PATH Summer Academy program. Each student is assigned a peer mentor (a previous PATH transfer student) who they will meet with weekly during the program to gain new information about campus, ask questions and check-in .


If you are a student with a disability (physical, chronic health, learning, mental health, ADHD, etc.) who may need accommodations in classrooms (lecture and/or examination), labs, housing and/or dining, recreational activities such as hiking, ropes, field sports, etc., please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at 858.534.4382 as soon as you become aware that the condition may impact your ability to participate in our programs. Additional information may be found here.


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