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In 2013, the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department conceived of a project to help incoming students excel in their early computer science courses and beyond---even if they have no background in computer science or programming. The CSE Department is motivated by the goals of providing the best education to its students and to helping them realize their individual potential. The Summer Program for Incoming Students ((SPIS, pronounced "spice") is a first step towards these goals.

SPIS will give students college-level exposure to computer science, emphasizing problem-solving, communication skills, and mathematical modeling. Students will be exposed to project-based learning as well as research in computer science and engineering. In addition to academics, SPIS will introduce participants to the social, cultural, and broader intellectual experiences open to university students. Those accepted to the SPIS program will also receive career mentoring, and enjoy a series of lectures and demonstrations illustrating the exciting and varied career opportunities available in computer science and engineering.

SPIS is a 5-week residential summer program on the UC San Diego campus for students accepted into CSE majors as well as for other UCSD admitted students who want to explore computer science as a career option. SPIS courses are taught by the very best faculty at UCSD. Students in the program interact with a wide range of CSE faculty and learn about computer science and engineering research. They also have opportunities to connect with engineers from the computer industry. SPIS provides an excellent student experience with individual meetings with faculty, tutoring from experienced CSE undergraduate students, collaborations with fellow students, individual advising to smooth the transition to UCSD, and living on campus.

CSE First Year SPIS 2015

SPIS 2015 will consider applications from all freshmen who are admitted to one of the UCSD Computer Science and Engineering majors (including Computer Science majors in the CSE Department, Computer Engineering majors in CSE or ECE Departments, and Math/CS majors in the Mathematics Department) in Fall 2015. We will also consider applications from a small of number of other freshmen (entering UCSD in Fall 2015) who would like to explore computer science and engineering. All students are required to complete the SPIS 2015 application. Only a limited number of students will  be admitted to SPIS 2015.

Students are expected to pay a total fee of $2,000 to partially cover the instructional expenses, housing and dining expenses for the five-week period, and books, supplies, and other incidental expenses. Actual cost of the program is about $4,000 per student. The program is subsidized considerably by UC, San Diego to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity. A number of scholarships are available to partially cover the cost of the $2,000 fee based on financial hardship. Participants will live in UC, San Diego in campus housing for the entire duration of the program.

The program runs for five weeks from August 2nd through September 5th, 2015.  If you have any questions about the program, please send email to Professor Mohan Paturi at paturi@cs.ucsd.edu with a brief statement about your interest and academic background.

To be considered for admission to SPIS 2015, please complete the SPIS 2015 application.

CSE First Year SPIS 2015 Schedule

  • SPIS 2015 application is now open: April 20, 2015
  • Application deadline: May 8, 2015
  • Admission and scholarship notification: May 22-29, 2015
  • Fee ($2,000) payment deadline: June 5, 2015
  • Registration deadline: June 5, 2015
  • SPIS opening day: August 2, 2015
    Detailed schedule for the opening day will be made available in due course.
  • SPIS closing day: September 5, 2015
    Schedule for the closing ceremony will be made available in due course.

Mailing Address for Fee Payment and Correspondence

Summer Program for Incoming Students
Attn: Mohan Paturi
Computer Science and Engineering, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0404
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404