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2017 Workshop


June 25 - August 5

Application Period
December 1, 2016 - March 1, 2017 (11:59pm Pacific)

Notification of Acceptance
December 2016 - March 2017

Tuition and Housing Fees Due
Two weeks after acceptance

Scholarships Awarded
March - April (read more)

Withdraw with Full Refund
April 30

Waitlisted Applicants Accepted
April 15 - June 5 (as spaces open)


In order to foster the group bonding that is part of the Clarion experience, it is mandatory that students reside in Clarion housing. Students stay in college apartments. Each participant has a private bedroom in a three-student apartment with a shared bathroom. Laundry facilities are conveniently located.

University Apartments
UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS. Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/seidior/

The UC San Diego campus offers a bookstore, coffee houses, a post office, several convenience stores, recreation facilities, fast-food eateries, and an upscale restaurant. Beaches and shopping centers can be reached on foot or by public transportation. Students who bring their cars will be given a permit for parking on campus. Summer temperatures in San Diego are normally 70-80°F, dry and comfortable.

Check-in time at the housing facility is 2pm Sunday. Check-out time is 2pm Saturday. Information about nearby hotels will be provided for students who would like to arrive early or stay late.


The workshop is funded partially by student fees and partially by donations to the Clarion Foundation (the workshop's parent organization) or the Clarion Workshop at UC San Diego. Donations are tax deductible. Workshop fees are payment for services and are not tax deductible.

The workshop fees are as follows:

APPLICATION FEE: $50 for applications submitted by February 15; $65 thereafter. The fee is non-refundable and is due with the application.

WORKSHOP FEE (Tuition, Room, and Board): $4,957 payable by cashier's check made out to "UC Regents" two weeks after communication of acceptance to the workshop. The fee includes the semi-private accommodations described above and three meals a day, seven days a week, at a college dining facility. The room and board period begins at 2pm on the first day of the workshop and ends at 2pm on the last day. If scholarship has been allocated, the amount will be reduced from the total fee.

The workshop fee is fully refundable if the participant withdraws in writing by the deadline specified at the top of this page. We may be able to refund part or all of the workshop fee after the deadline if someone on our waitlist agrees to take the space. There will be no refunds after June 5.


San Diego is a premier tourist destination. You may want to budget for visits to attractions such as Comic-Con, the San Diego Zoo, the La Jolla Playhouse, and The Old Globe Theatre. Although the campus is served by public transportation, we recommend you bring your personal vehicle if you can, or else open an account with ZipCar (use zip code 92093 to see vehicle locations on campus).

Campus parking permits can be purchased at an additional charge. Internet access will be provided at no charge. There is an optional fee of approximately $45 a month for the use of campus recreation facilities and pools, payable upon arrival at Clarion.


Scholarships and other financial assistance are available through both UC San Diego and the Clarion Foundation. You may apply by completing the scholarship section of the workshop application. Awards are based on a combination of merit and financial need. Most scholarships are in the range of $500-$1500.