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What does the PATH program entail?

  • The PATH program begins with a Summer Academy, completed the summer before students start at UC San Diego. All students in the program take the same 2 courses regardless of their major, and receive 8 credits. In addition to the coursework, students attend workshops focusing on study skills, professional development and the introduction of campus resources and programs, like the Teaching & Learning Commons and Study Abroad. Students are assigned a peer mentor (a student formerly in the program) and required to meet individually with their mentor each week to ask questions, take tours and get further information and support. Optional social activities are offered, including designated study sessions, trips to local plays, lunch with faculty members and more. 
  • Following the summer academy, PATH students have the opportunity to be employed as a mentor, receive special funding for conferences, study abroad and more.

What does the program cost?

Students have ZERO out-of-pocket expenses during the Summer Academy.

The following are provided free of charge:

  • Tuition for the two Summer Academy’s courses
  • Course textbooks
  • On-campus housing and dining plan
  • Summer Session 1 Parking permit
  • On Campus Housing

After successful completion of the entire program, students receive:

  • $3,000 stipend for full participation in PATH
  • If desired, training and employment opportunities as a mentor


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