Incoming Freshmen

Congratulations on being accepted to Cal!

If you are interested in majoring in Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Sciences, or Physics, then we have a great opportunity for you! Apply to the Compass Summer Program and you can spend the two weeks before classes at Cal start up meeting your future classmates, getting to know graduate students who care about your future, and learning the process involved in doing real science


The 2014 Summer Program will start taking applications on May 1st. Stay tuned for updates (we will announce them on the front page).

(Updated on 6/25/13): Summer 2013 applications have been closed.
(Updated on 5/27/13): Summer 2013 applications have been extended until June 24th, to try to avoid graduation/finals season. They are accessible via a Google form embedded at the bottom of this page
(Updated on 4/13/13): Summer 2013 applications have opened! Scroll to the bottom of this page. They will be open through May 31st.
(Updated on 3/25/13): Summer 2013 applications are not yet open; they will open early to mid-April.

If you have any questions or issues, please use the Contact tab above.

If you can’t make it to the summer program, check out the page for Current Undergrads to see how you can get involved throughout your time at Cal!

Summer Program FAQ

  • Where is the application?
    The application is an embedded google form at the bottom of this page. If you either cannot find it or cannot see it, please reach us at the Contact tab.
  • When is this year’s summer program?
    August 10, 2013 – August 25, 2013.
  • Can I attend just part of the summer program?
    Unfortunately, no. You must be able to attend the entire two weeks.
  • How much does it cost?
    The entire program, including room & board, is free thanks to our generous donors.
  • Where will be staying?
    Students will be housed in Cal dormitories