High School Registration


  • Current high school sophomore or junior (some exceptions apply)
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Minimum of 14 years old

First Steps:

  1. Submit your Verification Form (January 1 - June 1) 
    • We cannot complete your registration until we receive this online form
    • If your high school is closed, you can still email the main office. There is normally at least one staff person who can electronically receive and sign the DocuSign form.
  2. Submit your registration (April 1 - June 1). 
    • Even if you took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in courses.
  3. Pay the non-refundable $50 registration fee.
  4. International students - we strongly recommend you meet English proficiency 

*The deadline to register is separate from the deadline to enroll in a summer course. As long as you register by the deadline, you can add courses until the specific session add date. No exceptions made after the deadline.

Eligibility Exceptions:

The transition from high school to college-level coursework is significant, which is why we recommend that students complete their sophomore or junior year of high school before taking summer classes. Still, we acknowledge that individual high school students can be ready for this transition earlier. To qualify for an exception, you must:

  • Have completed a minimum of one year of high school
  • Be minimum of 14 years old
  • Meet the 3.0 GPA requirement 
  • Understand that any grades you receive will go on your permanent academic record 
  • Have your high school counselor or principal agree to the exception on your DocuSign Verification Form

After You Register:

  • Staff will begin processing the moment your payment and verification forms are received. It can take 1-2 business days to set up your accounts.
  • When processing is complete, you will receive an email with details, confirming you are now active to enroll in summer classes. Enrollment opens for all students on May 1.
  • Please view our page on navigating MyUCSC for assistance with adding classes, changing passwords, etc.

English Proficiency:

For Summer 2021, English language proficiency documentation (like TOEFL) was not required. To be successful, in the UCSC course work we recommend you have scores similar to these:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Overall band score of 6.5+
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the Internet-based test 
  • SAT (March 2016 or later) Writing & Language Test: 31+
  • ACT combined English-Writing or English Language Arts portion: 24+
  • AP English Language and Composition, or English Literature and Composition: 3, 4, or 5
  • IB in English: Literature, or Language and Literature: 6 or 7
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): Minimum of 115

Information on dates and deadlines can be found under Student Life on our website.