Virtual Overnight Program

What is it?

This is an invitation-only program for select UCSD-admitted high school seniors. This free virtual program provides participants an opportunity to virtually experience the university environment and campus life at UC San Diego, network with other admitted high school seniors and current college students and learn about campus resources. Participants will be paired up with a current UC San Diego undergraduate who will serve as their host and mxntor throughout the duration of the program. Activities that will be coordinated include but are not limited to the following:

  • Virtual exposure to on-campus resources such as community centers, academics, transition programs, research opportunities, etc.

  • Potential attendance at ONLINE academic lectures.

  • Participation in social activities (i.e., virtual game nights (i.e., Among Us and Kahoot) and student/ staff/ faculty panels).

  • Interaction with other high school seniors who have been admitted to UC San Diego, current UC San Diego undergraduate students, UC San Diego Graduate students, and UC San Diego staff and faculty members.

  • Connect with current UC San Diego students who will share their daily college experiences.



To learn more about each track, click on the specific track:

The SPICEE Overnight Program was founded in 2002 by a group of diverse students who saw a need to increase the enrollment of underrepresented and underserved students in higher education. Originally serving a limited number of local students, the program has steadily grown to serve students throughout California. Today, the SPICEE Overnight Program continues to offer participants with experiences rooted in social justice, student empowerment, and multiculturalism. The SPICEE Overnight Program has also partnered with the Jacobs School of Engineering, the Raza Resource Centro, and the LGBTQ Resource Center to offer virtual activities and workshops that are culturally relevant and academically based. Hosts and prospective students (Hostees) have the option of specifying which track they would like to participate in.

Founded in 2013, the Jacobs School of Engineering – IDEA Student Center Overnight Program partners with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Women in Computing (WIC), Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), and Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC) to offer activities and workshops to high school seniors who have been admitted to an engineering major at UC San Diego that are culturally relevant and academic based. The IDEA Engineering Student Center fosters an inclusive and welcoming community and promotes a sustainable culture of academic excellence among all engineering students at UC San Diego. The Center provides engineering students with academic support and social engagement that enhances values of diversity for a global community. IDEA Stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence, and Achievement.

If you have any questions or concerns about Virtual Overnight 2021, please feel free to contact: