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Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities

What Is PATH?

PATH is a collaborative program between the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and UC San Diego to help provide guidance to transfer students studying arts and humanities.

Who Is It For?

The program is for transfer students from a City, Mesa or Miramar College who have been accepted into UC San Diego, with a major in the arts or humanities.

How Does It Work?

Transfer students apply for the PATH program after receiving their acceptance to UC San Diego. Students accepted into the PATH program receive benefits not otherwise available to them at two time periods: during the summer before starting at UC San Diego, and during the school year while at UC San Diego.

All students in the program participate in a five-week summer academy prior to their first quarter, which plays a crucial role in helping students acclimate to campus and the workload. During the summer academy students take classes and earn credits, meet weekly with peer mentors, attend career and campus workshops, enjoy group activities, receive a stipend for participating and more.

During the school year, PATH students are offered special job and internship opportunities, receive faculty mentoring and more.

What Is The Cost?

The program is FREE for all students, thanks to a generous grant funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Students have ZERO out of pocket expenses during the Summer Academy: tuition, books, parking passes, campus dining dollars and the opportunity to live on campus during the summer academy, are included. The grant aims to educate a new generation of thoughtful leaders who will reshape the meaning of the humanities in the 21st century.


The 2021 PATH Summer Academy application is now live – Click here for details and to apply

Due to health restrictions related to COVID-19, the 2021 PATH Summer Academy will be held virtually, making use of Zoom and other technology to facilitate the program components. We are embracing the opportunity to think creatively and outside-the-box to bring this important experience to our UC San Diego transfer students!

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021.

Students will be notified of acceptance into the program via email. Acceptance notices will be sent by the third week in June. Students will need to complete a variety of documents after being accepted into the program, to meet internal deadlines.

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Ramirez, Malone and Aguilar, our three fellows

Integrated Internship Fellows Announced

With funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in partnership with the San Diego Community College District, the PATH program is launching the Integrated Internship Initiatives to support Ph.D. students.

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Go to PATH Website

Visit the PATH HUB for additional information on the program.

Students can register for the Academy as soon as they receive their acceptance and decide to attend UC San Diego.

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Roxann Bedia, strategic program manager,, (858) 534-0966.
Danny Widener, Summer Academy director, Associate Professor of History,
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