Freshman Summer Engineering Institute


Apply now to Summer Engineering Institute


Get a jump start on your academic career at UC San Diego's 5-week, Summer Engineering Institute (SEI), and earn six credits towards your engineering degree. Receive support in making the transition from high school to the rigors of a university-level engineering curriculum, and build awareness of relevant campus programs and resources. Live on campus, take part in organized social activities on evenings and weekends, and begin forming a peer network and make lasting friendships. 



All SEI participants take ENG 15: Engineer Your Success (2 credits) where you create an individualized plan about your goals as an engineering student and future professional engineer, and how you will apply what you learned from the class to achieve those goals. 


Participants also select one 4-credit course from their Engineering major:


Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering & Society majors:

  • ECE 5: Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering 


Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering; Bioengineering, Bioengineering (Biotechnology), Bioengineering: BioSystems majors:

  • MAE 8: MATLAB Programming for Engineering Analysis 


Chemical Engineering majors:

  • CENG 15/NANO 15: Engineering Computation Using MATLAB


Nanoengineering majors: 

  • NANO 11: Introduction to Nanoengineering


Structural Engineering majors:

  • SE 9: Algorithms and Programming for Structural Engineering


Computer Science, Computer Engineering majors:

  • CSE 8A: Introduction to Programming and Computational Problem-Solving I*
  • CSE 11 (remote): Introduction to Programming and Computational Problem-Solving Accelerated Pace​​**
    • (For the following majors: Bioengineering: Bioinformatics; Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science: Bioinformatics) 
  • CSE 20: Discrete Mathematics***

* Students who have not taken an object-oriented programming course, but might have taken other high school computing courses (including AP CSP) and are comfortable with using computers, should consider beginning with CSE 8A.

** Students who have significant prior programming experience (for instance, a score of 4 or 5 on the AP CSA exam; or an object-oriented programming course in a community college) should consider beginning with CSE 11.

*** Students who have completed CSE 11 are eligible for CSE 20.

All incoming freshmen students admitted to an engineering major at UC San Diego who have accepted their Offer of Admission.


For engineering students placed in MATH 2 or lower, please know that Summer Bridge offers Math 2 as a part of their program. If you are placed in Math 3C or below, we recommend you apply to Summer Bridge to move your trajectory forward.

SEI Application Opens: April 3, 2024: APPLY NOW

SEI Application Deadline: May 31, 2024 (Deadline Extended) 

Program Dates: Saturday, August 3 - Saturday, September 7, 2024

Direct Cost to Participate in Summer Engineering Institute 2024**

  Single Housing
Housing & Dining (updated for Summer 2024) $2,412.00
Tuition & Fees (updated for Summer 2024) $1,956.43
Enrichment Fee (updated for Summer 2024) $860.81
Summer Health Access Fee* (updated for Summer 2024) $70 -or- $413.15*
TOTAL $5,299.24 - $5,642.39

**This is the estimated cost as of 5/7/2024 and subject to change.

*Students can opt in for an early start UC SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) at $413.15 (covers 7/29/24-9/22/24) or opt out and pay a $70 Summer Health Access Fee if they choose to waive out of UC SHIP for the summer. The $70 access fee will be posted to student accounts in July, and students who opt in for early start UC SHIP will get fees posted to their student accounts with Fall billing in August.-


  • Students who enroll in ECE 5 will be charged a $100 lab fee which will be assessed with registration fees.
  • Summer fees are subject to change.
  • All students in SEI are expected to reside on campus for the duration of the program.


Learn when and how UC San Diego applies Summer Session financial aid to your student account.

Summer financial aid and scholarships are available.

  • Check the Financial Aid and Scholarships website for information on how to apply for Summer Financial Aid.
  • We strongly encourage all SEI applicants to apply for summer financial aid by filling out the 2023-2024 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. You may have already completed the 2024-2025 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, but that support starts in the fall and doesn't help with the upcoming summer, so it is important to fill out the 2023-2024 application as well.


Become an IDEA Scholar and receive scholarship towards SEI!

  • The IDEA Scholars program fosters community building and academic excellence among our top incoming freshman engineering students from diverse backgrounds, and may provide financial assistance for attending SEI. Learn more about becoming an IDEA Scholar.

2024 SEI Checklist

2024 SEI Program Expection

  • This checklist of action items is required to be completed by students who have confirmed their participation in the Summer Engineering Institute.  
  • Contact Alejandra Arguelles at the IDEA Engineering Student Center by email if you have any questions.

Student Feedback:

SEI was the best decision I ever made, and I feel very ready to start fall quarter knowing I am coming in with friendships I know will last a very long time. I learned a lot of the campus very well, and I learned about many resources I probably would have never heard about. It was an amazing five weeks.  

SEI was very worthwhile for me as I met new people with similar interests as me, and made connections before the school year even started. The classes were very helpful for me, and the events that were put on fostered bonding of participants, which was very good.

SEI was a good program. It helped me get used to the university life and made me realize some of the habits I have to change to fully take advantage of resources.

I really enjoyed my time here and bonded well with my suitemates. I like how it eased me more gradually into college life and how we were able to have easy access to older UCSD students to ask them questions.


Graphic depicts statistics which showcase the benefits for students to participate in SEI, such as developing habits to support academic success, feeling an increased sense of belonging and building on an increased awareness of important resources on campus. Some long term impacts of SEI extend beyond their first year through friendships, mentorship, and connections that open opportunities for the future.

I am here to answer your questions about SEI! Make an appointment today. 


Estamos aqui para responder sus preguntas sobre nuestro programa de SEI. Haga una cita hoy.

"Alejandra standing in a suit"
Alejandra Magda Arguelles | (858) 822-3778



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Office for Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability (physical, chronic health, learning, mental health, ADHD, etc.) who may need accommodations in classrooms (lecture and/or examination), labs, housing and/or dining, recreational activities such as hiking, ropes, field sports, etc., please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at 858.534.4382 as soon as you become aware that the condition may impact your ability to participate in our programs. Click here for additional information.

Veteran/CalVet Education Benefits
If you are a Military Affiliated student receiving Federal Veteran Affairs (VA) or Cal Vet assistance during the summer, you may want to verify your benefits and how your participation may be affected. Please contact the Student Veteran Benefits Coordinator, Lisa Linares at (858) 534-0477 or by email at
For more information, click here.