Summer Academy Snapshot

The Summer Academies, coordinated by the Summer Session office, are three early start programs for new incoming domestic, international, and transfer students.

The First Year Academy, International Academy, and Transfer Academy provide students with a well-rounded transition to academic and campus life at UCSC. Students live in the residence halls with peers and peer mentors, enroll in one academic success course and an additional course of their choice to complete seven credits before their first fall quarter. 

Academy History

  • 2014 -Launched international academy. Invited all fall admit, first year, international students - 40 students  

  • 2015 - Continued international academy and expanded with domestic pilot. Invited fall admit, first year who were declared STEM and not calculus ready - 30 international, 19 STEM first year students

  • 2016 - Full program rollout. Invited all fall admit first year and transfer students and created three distinct academies - 141 first year, 80 transfer, 16 international students 

2016 Academy Student Characteristics 

Low-income Households:
  • First Year Academy - 36%
  • Transfer  Academy- 47%
  • International Academy - 19%
First Generation:
  • First Year Academy - 36%
  • Transfer  Academy- 37%
  • International Academy - 13%

Residency:

  • First Year Academy - 124 CA Resident/ 16 non-Resident 
  • Transfer Academy - 78 CA Resident/ 2 non-Resident 

International Academy - Countries of Origin:

  • China (13), Philippines (1), Turkey (1), Vietnam (1), France (1), New Zealand (1)

2016 Average GPA and Credits Completed:

Summer Academy: First Year 

  • 141 students 
  • 1,159 credits (average 7)
  • Average GPA = 3.04

Summer Academy: Transfer

  • 80 students 
  • 623 credits (average 8)
  • Average GPA = 3.05

Summer Academy: International 

  • 16 students 
  • 152 credits (average 10)
  • Average GPA = 3.69

2017 Academies 

  • We look forward to welcoming hundreds of students to Porter this summer. 
  • Students will receive, 25% off tuition, discounted housing rates, connect with advisers, tutors, and peer mentors. 
  • We'll offer workshops on Time Management, Study Abroad Information Session, Writing Tutoring Sessions, Financial Aid Information Session, Stress Management
  • There will also be lots of fun with Local day hikes, Day trip to San Francisco, Summer Academy Talent Show, Beach Bonfire, Tie Dye and DIY Terrariums
  • We have hired 17 Peer Mentors for the upcoming summer and 11 of them are Summer Academy alumni!
  • Coming soon - extended summary of 2016 and expectations for 2017.