Application Information

Next Information Session:

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
11:45 am
Varelas Lab (Johnson 103)

Catering by Spitz

Application deadline is May 1, 2018. 

First-year students who have succeeded in math and science courses in their first semester and who plan to major in a STEM discipline are encouraged to apply.


How are COSMOS scholars selected?

The COSMOS program is designed around awarding scholarships to rising sophomores (following the conclusion of the freshman year).

To be eligible, a student must:

  • Be a US Citizen, national of the US, alien admitted as a refugee, or alien lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence, as specified by the National Science Foundation
  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Be a full-time undergraduate student who plans to major in STEM and pursue a STEM career
  • Show documented evidence of academic talent (normally, as identified by professors in science and math courses).

First-year students at Occidental College typically take eight 4-unit courses in their first year, at least two of which are part of the first-year Cultural Studies Program (CSP). A student can earn 16 quality points for an A, 15 quality points for an A- and so on. The GPA is computed by dividing the total number quality points divided by number of credits earned. For the COSMOS program students will be considered academically talented if they have taken at least three courses in any STEM discipline at Occidental College and earned at least 40 quality points in these courses. This corresponds to a STEM GPA of approximately a B+.