What does the PATH program entail?

The PATH program begins with a Summer Academy, completed the summer before students start at UC San Diego. Here are some details about the Program:

  • Students take the same 2 courses regardless of their major, and receive 8 credits.
  • 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:

  • $1,500 stipend for full participation in PATH
  • If desired, training and employment opportunities as a mentor
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