Admit Guide to SoCo

SoCo is more than a classit's an experience. Spend 3 weeks taking a single class just before your sophomore year begins, creating a rich intellectual community with your faculty and classmates.

  • Classes May Include: travel classes; fieldwork or community engaged learning; intensive labwork or archival research; language immersion; hands-on projects and Bay Area field trips. You and 10-15 other rising sophomores live together in the dorms as a residential community.
  • What Classes are Offered? Sophomore College offers 18-20 seminars from many majors each year. While the SoCo 2021 curriculum is not yet set, the sampling below will introduce you to some of the faculty who regularly teach in SoCo. Check out our Photo Gallery and SoCo 2019 on Instagram to get a glimpse into some of the classes.
  • Is SoCo a Lot of Work? Students say that SoCo is “intensive, but worth it.” Expect 2 units—half of a regular course—squeezed into just three weeks. 
  • Can I do SoCo and an Internship? Yes! (but not at the same time) SoCo happens the last three weeks of summer, after most opportunities have ended and before the school year starts.
  • Does SoCo Cost Money? The all-inclusive fee covers tuition, room and board, books, and all class activities and travel. ALL students get a scholarship and SoCo offers need-based assistance as well, making it free for many students.
  • How do I Apply? Applications open March 1 in your frosh year and are due after spring break. Apply to your top 3 classes. There will be info sessions and email reminders so you can't miss it.
  • More Questions? Drop us an email at    Follow VPUE on Instagram


Samples of Past SoCo Classes

Chemical Engineering

Curtis Frank
Sara Loesch-Frank

This is a little AM/FM radio that you can build!
Electrical Engineering

John M. Pauly
Steven Clark

Human Biology

William H. Durham
Nicole Ardoin

Colorful French Macarons
Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Maria Comsa
Heather Howard

Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Sociology

David Grusky

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Adrian Daub

Comparative Medicine

Joseph Garner
Jason Watters

School of Education

Adam Banks

Materials Science & Engineering

Jennifer Dionne

Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

Hae-Joon Won
Citlalli Del Carpio

Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Haiyan Lee

Political Science

Scott D. Sagan
Allen Weiner

Microbiology & Immunology

Robert Siegel

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Earth Systems Program, Energy Resources Engineering, Political Science

David Freyberg
David Kennedy
Bruce Cain