PATH Program

Funded by a generous 3-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Preparing Accomplished Transfers to the Humanities (PATH) is a collaborative transfer support program between the San Diego Community College District and the University of California, San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities. PATH guides transfer students from City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges into arts and humanities majors at UC San Diego and includes:

  • A systematic approach to the recruitment, retention, and professional success of Humanities transfer students
  • Faculty collaboration between both institutions through shared programs, teaching and support activities
  • Emphasis on the foundational, transferable, enduring role of the Humanities 

PATH Summer Academy 2020

Applications are due June 5, 2020. Students must be accepted to UC San Diego with a major in the Arts & Humanities to apply. For details and application instructions visit

PATH Program 2020-2021

The PATH Program at City, Mesa and Miramar College is recruiting for the next academic year. Application details are coming soon.


Program Manager:  Dr. Krystal Henderson

Program Assistant: Niyatt Mengis

Faculty Coordinators:

City College: Dr. Kelly Mayhew

Mesa College: Dr. Pegah Motaleb

Miramar College: Dr. Carmen Carrasquillo Jay


PATH Program at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges

  • Weekly meetings with faculty mentors
  • Transfer guidance to UC San Diego in an Arts and/or Humanities discipline major
  • Participation in career exploration and outreach activities
  • Recurring workshops
  • Arts and Humanities programming
  • No cost to students enrolled in the program!

Upon transfer to UC San Diego, students gain access to the following:


  • Summer Academy at UC San Diego
    • Free 5-week summer program
    • Students earn 8 units
    • Personalized tutoring
    • Academic advising
    • Generous summer stipend
  • Workshops that highlight campus resources
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Weekly meetings with assigned peer mentor (a previous PATH transfer student at UC San Diego)
  • Optional activities, like study sessions, game nights, outings and more

Faculty Connections

The UC San Diego and SDCCD PATH programs are excited to announce a faculty funding portal for joint UC San Diego / SDCCD faculty-led projects.  Funds will be provided for Arts and Humanities faculty for meaningful initiatives that support UC San Diego and the San Diego Community College District student recruitment and transfer or connect faculty and students across the institutions.  Details and the application can be found on the PATH KNIT website:

PATH Program Benefits

  1. Apply your degree in the Arts & Humanities to a wide variety of occupations:
    1. Students who pursue an Arts and/or Humanities major learn to be flexible thinkers, creative problem solvers and effective communicators, with a broad understanding of the world
    2. The Arts and Humanities provide enduring, transferable, foundational skills sought by employers
  2. Prepare to join the workforce or apply for graduate school after graduating from UC San Diego:
    1. Connect with over 160,000 alumni worldwide
    2. Develop an enhanced global perspective and make a difference in the world
    3. Gain a solid educational foundation for graduate school


PATH Program at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges

  • Students from San Diego City, Mesa or Miramar Colleges
  • Interested in and qualify for transfer to UC San Diego, with a major in the Arts and Humanities
  • Have a minimum of 30 units, with the intent to complete a total minimum of 60 units by the end of spring 2021 in order to be eligible for transfer admission.
  • Have a recommended minimum of a 3.3 GPA

PATH Program at UC San Diego

  • Attended San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar College
  • Have been accepted to UC San Diego
  • Have a major within Arts & Humanities at UC San Diego (Minors are not eligible).

Path Highlights

The PATH Reclaiming the Humanities Speakers Series Events- 2019-2020

  • March 10, 2020: PATH hosted the Reclaiming Our Stories 2: A Reclaiming the Humanities Speaker Series event at City College. Authors Graciela Uriarte, David Grant, and Candice Tan-Custidio otherwise known as ‘DJ Kuttin Kandi’, read their very own moving pieces from the book “Reclaiming Our Stories 2”, published by San Diego City Works Press. Students enjoyed the event and many had the opportunity to meet the speakers and have their books signed.
  • December 4, 2019: PATH hosted the For the Love of the Humanities- A Reclaiming the Humanities Speakers Series event at Mesa College. Students learned about the educational and career experiences of 12+ Mesa College and UC San Diego Arts and Humanities faculty during a sit down dinner.
  • November 20, 2019: PATH hosted the first Reclaiming the Humanities Speakers Series Event at Miramar College. Students were able to meet graduate students, writers, and artists in the Arts and Humanities and learn about their academic and professional journeys. The speakers included Los Angeles artist Mario Ybarra, UC San Diego graduate student Oscar Magallanes, and Miramar College professor Adrian Arancibia.


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How does it work?

Application Process

Contact the program manager for application information.

Dr. Krystal Henderson

Arts and Humanities Programs at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges

Visit the corresponding campus website for information regarding Arts and Humanities programs.

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