How to Apply

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) is an academic department of the University of California, San Diego.  All undergraduate students admitted to UC San Diego will have access to the coursework and majors offered by Scripps.  For more details about admission to UC San Diego, please see the following information and links.

Freshman Admission

UC San Diego looks for students at the freshman level who are well-prepared to succeed in a rigorous and challenging academic setting. Admission is highly competitive and you must exceed the minimum requirements.

You are considered a freshman applicant if you are still in high school, or you have graduated from high school and have not enrolled in a regular session at a college or university. (If you attend a summer session immediately after graduating from high school, you are still classified as a freshman applicant.)

UC San Diego Freshman Application Requirements | Timeline
 

Transfer Admission

UC San Diego looks for transfer students at the junior-year level who are well-prepared to succeed in a rigorous and challenging academic setting.
 
You are considered a transfer applicant if you have graduated from high school and have enrolled in one or more regular sessions (not summer session only) at another college or university. (You may not disregard your college record and apply for admission as a freshman.)
 
 
If you are interested in transferring into UC San Diego as an Environmental Systems (ESYS) major, please see our ESYS Transfer Student Information.  
 

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Transfer Major Preparation

The following major preparation coursework is currently recommended for Marine Biology incoming transfer students. This major preparation coursework will be required for incoming transfer students beginning Fall 2020.

The following major preparation coursework is currently recommended for Earth Sciences and Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences incoming transfer students. 

Summer Opportunities at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

If you are considering transferring to UC San Diego, spend a summer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography beforehand! Check out our Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunities.