UCSC High School Summer University


yupAs part of Summer Session, high school students from all over the world who completed their sophomore or junior year with a GPA of 3.0+ can live and learn at UC Santa Cruz! This program combines support and independence to model a true college experience for five weeks.

Per credit tuition is 50% off  - exclusively for high schools students.

Students choose their own classes and have the option to live in the residence halls, eat in the dining halls, and get involved in extracurricular activities. If they stay on campus, they have dedicated peer mentors and resident assistants who live in the halls with them.

In the Summer University, students will:

  • Earn academic credit from a prestigious UC that transfers to a future college or university (or back to high school)
  • Have access to world-class libraries, labs, fitness center, and everything Santa Cruz has to offer including great surf, sandy beaches, and redwood-covered mountains
  • Understand research university culture and academic expectations

Students can choose from classes across 30 departments including Biology, Music, Psychology, Math, and more. High school students can enroll in any lower-division courses (those numbered 1 through 99) or upper-division with approval. For students who prefer not to come to campus, there are 40+ courses offered completely online. Our 2019 schedule is now available at summer.ucsc.edu.

noHave Interested Students?
Explore the cost, courses, activities, and FAQs on our website. Students can follow these steps to get started:
  1. Register (open April 1 - June 15) Even if they took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in classes.
  2. Submit High School Verification form
  3. Choose class(es)
  4. Apply for Session 1 housing (if living on campus)
  5. Submit Welcome Packet & Waivers (provided after registration)
  6. Get Packing!
  7. High School Summer University runs from Sunday, June 23 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 (June 24 - July 26 if students do not live on campus)
Contact us any time if you have questions or would like flyers mailed to your school.
If you’re located in the Santa Cruz region, we’d love to come to visit your students!

(831) 459-5373