Summer Scholars Transfer Institute (SSTI)

The Summer Scholars Transfer Institute (SSTI) is a collaborative effort between the University of California Irvine (UCI) Center for Educational Partnerships’ Community College Programs and the Compton College Transfer Center. The SSTI Program is tailored for current Compton College students interested in completing Ethnic Studies 101 while spending 7 days at UCI. The course will take place online from Monday, June 17 through Thursday, June, 20, 2024. The summer residential transfer experience will take place at UCI from Sunday, June, 23 through Saturday, June 29, 2024. Students must apply to UCI-SSTI. Priority consideration will be given to students who have not applied to a UC/CSU for fall 2024 and students who have between 15 - 45 transferable units. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Current Compton College student; enrolled in at least oneunit in spring 2024
  • Passed English 101 (or in progress with professorrecommendation)
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of a 2.4
  • Updated Student Educational Plan
  • Experience student life at UC Irvine.
  • Spend 7 days living, eating, and studying, at UCI
  • Complete Ethnic Studies 101, GE & Graduation
  • $1,000 stipend after completing SSTI
Click here to apply now! 

Information Sessions

Day  Time Location
(Virtual) Friday, March 8  1-2PM Meeting ID: 863 8016 7994
Zoom Link:
(In-Person) Tuesday, March 19  5PM-6PM Library - Student Success Center, Room 108
(Virtual) Friday, March 29  1-2PM Meeting ID: 820 1719 0592
Zoom Link:


Application Open  Monday, February 26, 2024
Application Closes Friday, March 29, 2024 by midnight
Application Review April 1 - April 5, 2024
In-Person Group Interviews  April 15, 2024


Day  Time Location
(Virtual) Wednesday, May 15 4:00 - 6:00PM Meeting ID: 824 1616 2067
Zoom Link:
(In-Person) Thursday, May 16 4:00 - 6:00PM Instructional Building (IB) - 1, Room 106 


  • What is SSTI?

    The Summer Scholars Transfer Institute (SSTI) is a summer residential program at the University of California Irvine. Compton College students participating in SSTI enroll in ESTU 101 (Introduction to Ethnic Studies) a 3-unit CSU and UC transferable course taught by a Compton College faculty. SSTI is an intensive program, this summer class is completed in less than 2 weeks (typically students stay at UCI for 7 days) and some work is completed prior to beginning the residential component. 

  • What is the total cost of the program?

    There is no cost to the student for this program. Compton College will cover books and transportation to and from UCI-Compton College, room, and board (shared dorm-style room and 3 daily meals). Students may be eligible for a $1,000 stipend upon completion of the program.

  • Is the course transferable?

    Yes. The course for SSTI is ESTU 101 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies and is UC and CSU transferable. Please see your counselor to receive guidance.

  • Who is eligible to apply for the program?

    Students participating in this program must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2024. Current Compton College students who are enrolled in at least one uit in spring 2024, passed English 101 (or in progress with Professor recommendation) by the end of spring 2024 and have a minimum GPA of 2.4.

  • What is the application and selection process?

    Students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and submit a completed application by the priority deadline (TBD). A committee of faculty, counselors and administrators review each individual application (SSTI application and transcripts from all colleges attended). Eligible students are invited for a group interview and those admitted must attend an in-person mandatory orientation in June 2024 (TBD) at Compton College. Students who plan to participate in SSTI are highly encouraged to make arrangements (work, childcare, family responsibilities, and summer enrollment) in order to successfully complete this intensive program.

  • What do I need to do before starting the program at UC Irvine?

    If selected, prior to starting the program, you need to attend the mandatory orientation meeting. You will be registered for the course and additional class meetings may be required before the start of the program, but you will be notified. During orientation students learn more about the program, the schedule at UCI and review ESTU 101 syllabus with the instructor. This is an opportunity to meet students who will be in the program with you, get to know the UCI and Compton College staff, counselors, and instructor. You will have time to ask questions. 

  • Is transportation to UC Irvine provided?

    Yes. Students will meet at Compton College and travel by bus to UC Irvine

  • What will my schedule be like at UC Irvine?

    During the 7 days, students will have to follow a schedule that includes class, study time, eating breaks, and sleeping. Although students are in class for long periods of time, there will be scheduled workshops, campus tours and free time for fun activities.

  • Are students allowed to leave or have visitors at the UC Irvine campus during the 7 days?

    Students are expected to stay on campus at all times. For more questions, ask your Compton College SSTI Team (faculty, administrator, counselor).

  • May I work or take other summer classes during SSTI?

    Students will stay at UC Irvine for the entire 7 days and will be engaged in intensive study which will require full attention and time. Please make arrangements in advance with regards to work, school and other personal commitments.

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