PATH is a program for transfer students majoring in the Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego. This program is specifically designed for students transferring from the San Diego Community College District campuses City, Mesa, and Miramar.



The program is a collaborative effort between the San Diego Community College District and UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities made possible by a generous grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant aims to educate a new generation of thoughtful leaders who will reshape the value and meaning of the humanities in the twenty-first century.

The program focuses around a five-week Summer Academy for transfer students prior to their first quarter at UC San Diego. 

During the Academy, students take two courses, participate in workshops and receive transfer and career guidance. Following the Academy, students receive special opportunities for on-campus employment, internships, and more.

The entire PATH program is FREE for students. Students receive free tuition, textbooks, parking permits, on-campus meals, on-campus housing during the Summer Academy, and a generous stipend.  




UC San Diego is constantly pushing boundaries and challenging expectations to make the world a better place. The university employs world-renowned scholars and boasts state-of-the-art facilities, set against the beautiful La Jolla coastline. UC San Diego is the 15th best university in the world for research and global reputation, and a top 25 school for Arts & Humanities (U.S. News and World Report 2017).

Humanities students enjoy the perks of attending a large, reputable school with enrollment of more than 30,000 students annually, while receiving personalized attention in the Arts & Humanities division of just over 1,100 students.


San Diego Community College District  

The San Diego Community College District serves approximately 130,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and seven Continuing Education campuses.

The three colleges, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for entry-level jobs, and arts and sciences programs that transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) is in partnership with UC San Diego program grant management and program support for the PATH Mellon Foundation Grant.

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