There are several specialized programs at UC San Diego offered to incoming freshmen who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement. To participate in these programs, students must attend the Summer Engineering Institute prior to the start of their freshman year at UC San Diego, or, in the case of Jacobs Scholars, they will be automatically notified of their involvement in the program.

Academic Community for Engineering Success (ACES)

ACES supports students from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds, and focuses on enhancing student success in their chosen engineering major through admission to the Summer Engineering Institute, faculty mentorship, a collaborative peer support community, and additional academic enrichment. Students must attend the Summer Engineering Institute in order to be eligible for this program.

IDEA Scholars

The IDEA Scholars Program works to foster community building and academic excellence among our top incoming freshman engineering students from diverse backgrounds. Students must attend the Summer Engineering Institute in order to be eligible for this program.

Jacobs Scholars

Jacobs Scholars have access to a unique network of like-minded scholars, professionals, and industry leaders to provide them with the connections they need to succeed while studying at one of the top schools in the country. By applying to UC San Diego, you will automatically be considered for the Jacobs Scholarship. If you receive the scholarship, you will be notified at about the same time you receive your acceptance package.