Student Life

Program Options

Currently, we are preparing for the 2021 program to be offered in-person. However, in the case that public health officials do not deem it safe to return to campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will transition the program to remote delivery and notify impacted students. Please note that the final decision about the delivery style of RMP will not be made until Spring 2021.

Residential Option
A very important component of your pre-college experience is life outside the classroom – living and learning with others. Your residence hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus is not only a place to sleep and study, but where you also will develop friendships with students (residential or commuter) of various cultures, lifestyles and beliefs.

Commuter Option
A commuter student travels to campus daily by car or public transportation from as far north as Lompoc and as far south as Ventura. This option is available to local and non-local students who choose to live in Santa Barbara with family for the summer.  Commuter students have the opportunity to participate in many social activities with residential students.

Campus Amenities

RMP students are registered as UCSB students during the summer session and will have access to a large number of computer facilities and full access to the libraries.  Additionally, students will have full access to the University Recreation Center (known as the RecCen), with weight rooms, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and squash courts, state of the art fitness equipment, Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a track.

Extracurricular Activities

An important part of the program is not only what happens in the classroom and the research, but in the activities we design that allow students to network with academic professionals and like-minded peers from all over the world.  Such activities include:

  • Friday Mixers: unwind from a busy week in a space for building community with peers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Development workshops: receive first-hand advice from researchers about undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • Research Movie Night: selected movies are chosen for their thought provoking ideas which lead to lively discussions after the movies.

  • Special Events: seminars and social gatherings with mentors, students, and the university community.

These activities foster friendships, collaboration, and community that continue long after the program ends.

Residential Student Living Arrangements

Students live in Santa Cruz Residence Hall, which is conveniently located by the Pacific Ocean. The comfortable low-rise buildings are located close to all academic and recreational facilities. Rooms are double-occupancy and feature high speed internet access, ample closet space, wall-to-wall carpeting and a set of furniture for each student, including: beds, study desks and chairs, bookcases, and dresser drawers. Phone hook-ups are available for an additional charge.
In addition to campus amenities, residential students will have access to:

  • Off-road running trails

  • Beach access

  • A television/DVD lounge

  • Residence hall recreation areas

  • A multi-station computer center

  • A laundry room

  • A Summer Discovery program office, staffed day and night

For a full list of dorm activities and amenities, please download the Pre-College Residential Guide.