How to Apply

The SIMS Program is open to any science, engineering, or mathematics student who meets all of the following requirements:

  • Incoming first year student intending to enroll at UCSB directly from high school in the Fall 2021 quarter.
  • Admitted into any science, engineering, or mathematics major.
  • A California permanent resident or attended a high school in California for 3 or more years and earned a high school diploma or its equivalent.

There is no cost to participate in SIMS.

All applicants MUST complete all of the following materials online

  •  Application Form 
  • Statements of Interest: Responses to the first two following prompts are required. The third prompt is optional. 500 words maximum each. We strongly advise composing your responses to each question below using a word processing document to avoid any information loss issues. 
    • Discuss your interest in science and the qualities you possess that will make you a good scientist. What have you done, both in and out of the classroom, that demonstrates your motivation and interest in science? Give specific, recent examples.
    • Often, we begin to understand our own opinions only after they have been contested by other people. Describe a disagreement you had. What, on the surface, did it appear to be about? What do you feel it was really about? How did you handle the situation and what was the outcome of the disagreement?
    • Optional: We acknowledge that every student has had unique life experiences that may not be captured in the above questions. The selection committee is interested in learning more about extenuating circumstances you have encountered throughout your journey.  
  • Letter of Recommendation: You are required to include 1 letter of recommendation from an instructor or individual who can speak about your interest in STEM and/or STEM related work experience. Up to 2 letters of recommendation may be submitted on your behalf, but only 1 is required.
  • Unofficial Transcripts: Please submit your unofficial high school transcripts, including any unofficial college transcripts if you took college courses in high school (PDF).