SEED Scholars Honors Program Application Process

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Application Process

The SEED Scholars Honors Program is currently open to incoming freshmen interested in becoming leaders and changemakers in STEM, while simultaneously working to encourage, support, and advance historically underrepresented/minoritized populations in STEM fields. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Follow the steps provided to ensure your application is received.

Step 1: Apply for admission to The University of California, Berkeley by November 30. Note that the application and all required materials (application fee, transcripts, etc.) are due by that deadline. Visit for more information. We highly recommend that you submit the application and all required application materials by November 30.

Step 2: On the application, check the appropriate box that indicates your interest in a STEM major to be considered for the SEED Scholars Honors Program.

Step 3: Upon admission to Berkeley, if you meet SEED Scholar's program prerequisites (check Eligiblity/Nominee Status for more information), you may receive an invitation via Berkeley's student portal to complete a SEED supplemental application. 

Step 4: Be sure to include any and all leadership and diversity/service involvement on the activity list portion of the UC application, including STEM related clubs/teams (e.g. Robotics club, Girls Who Code, Math club, Chemistry club, etc.).

Eligibility and Nominee Status for Application

To become eligible to apply, applicants must be granted nominee status based upon SEED's pre-application nomination process, which takes place within the admissions system.

See below for more details on eligibility requirements.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the University of California application, and submit the application to UC, Berkeley.
  2. Complete the FAFSA/CA Dream Act application.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or DACA-eligible.
  2. Must be an incoming freshman.
  3. Enrolled in or completed at least one calculus course.
  4. Have taken, or is registered to take, at least two AP STEM exams.
  5. Averaged scores of 4 or better on all AP STEM exams taken.
  6. Obtained a minimum 3.0 unweighted GPA in high school.
  7. Involved in a minimum of two service activities listed on the UC app (be sure to include any STEM, leadership, and/or diversity/service involvement).
  8. Aspire to obtain a Masters, Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. in STEM.

Frequently Asked Application Questions

Do I need to submit my SAT/ACT Scores? What if I did not take the test?

In accordance with the University of California, Berkeley, the SEED Scholar's Honors Program does not consider SAT or ACT scores during our application process.

Do I need to submit letters of reccomendation?

The SEED Scholar's Honors Program does not require recommendation letters during our application process.

Can I apply to SEED if I am not yet committed to UC Berkeley?

Yes, you can apply to the program even if you have yet to commit to Berkeley.

Can I submit the SEED application if I missed the deadline?

Unfortunately, due to pre-determined dates set with the admissions office, we cannot reopen the application link/portal for you to apply to the SEED Scholars Honors Program once the deadline is reached.

Will I know if I have been accepted into the SEED Scholars Honors Program before I need to commit to UC Berkeley? 

Yes, you will know of your acceptance into SEED before the deadline to submit your intent to attend Berkeley. 

Application Timelines

Group One Timeline:

02/09 - Group one applications begin
02/16 - Group one SEED application deadline
03/11-13 - Group one interview dates
03/26 - Deadline for group one to respond to SEED program offer 

Group Two Timeline:

03/28 - Group two applications begin
04/04 - Group two SEED application deadline
04/17-19 - Group two interview dates
05/01 - Deadline for group two to respond to the program offer