Program Dates: June 25 – July 22, 2017 (four weeks)
Application Cycle: December 15, 2016 – March 1, 2017
2017 Applications are now closed.
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
2017 Program Fees
$75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
$1,700 Commuter Student Tuition
$7,499 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.
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.
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, 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 address 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 front and back 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 2016 grades.
10th grade and above applicants – Please submit your high school transcript including your final Fall 2016 grades.
Office of Summer Sessions
Science & Engineering Research Academy
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' 2016 Federal Tax returns (e.g., 1040, 1040EZ).
Your parents' 2016 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 by early April 2017
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