Application and Fees

Program Dates: June 24 – July 21, 2018 (four weeks)
2018 Applications are now closed. 

Program Eligibility

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must currently be a high school student in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade

  • Have a minimum 3.6 GPA weighted in UC a-g requirements

  • Must attend the program in its entirety

2018 Program Fees

$75  Application Fee (non-refundable)
$2,100  Commuter Student Tuition
$8,199  Residential Student Tuition

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available and are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and availability.  Out-of-state and international applicants are eligible for scholarships; however, priority is given to California residents.

Residential Students 
The cost includes tuition, housing, three daily meals, and extracurricular activities.

International Students: Visa and Payment Procedure
Students and their families are responsible for obtaining any required Visas. Please contact the Summer Discovery office at (516) 621-3939 for more information regarding the process by which you should obtain a visa for the program and make payment arrangements.

Application Requirements

1. Online application that includes:

  • Personal Statement – In a 500 word maximum essay, please tell us why you want to participate in SERA, the reason for choosing the particular research track(s), and something unique about you that you’d like the admissions committee to know.

  • 3 Recommenders – Please be ready to provide the names and email addresses of 3 recommenders. We will contact them for recommendations as soon as your application has been submitted.

  • Proof of Insurance – You will be asked to upload a copy of your health insurance card.

2. Official transcript: Submitted directly to SERA from school official via e-mail or mail

  • 9th grade applicants – Please submit your 8th grade report card and 9th grade transcript including your final Fall 2017 grades.

  • 10th grade and above applicants – Please submit your high school transcript including your final Fall 2017 grades.

Office of Summer Sessions
Science & Engineering Research Academy
2214 SAASB
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2010

3. (Optional) For students applying for scholarships: Submitted directly to SERA from student

  • SERA scholarship application – You can request this form in the online application or via email.

  • Your parents' 2017 Federal Tax returns (e.g., 1040, 1040EZ).

  • Your parents' 2017 W2 forms (if applicable).

Admission Process & Decision

  • Students begin an online application.

  • Students submit supporting application materials via email or US mail.

  • Completed applications will be reviewed after the application window closes.

  • Applicants will receive their admission decision via email in late March or early/mid April.

Contact Us

For more information about the program or to inquire about the application process, please contact:

Mr. Sean Kerr
Pre-College Program Student Advisor
+1 (805) 893-7053