As part of Summer Session, high school students (age 14-18) who completed their sophomore or junior year with a GPA of 3.0+ can live and learn at UCSC! This program combines support and independence to model a true college experience for five weeks. 

Attend college classes with current UCSC students, visiting college students from across the country and other high school students. Students have the option to live in the residence halls, eat in the dining halls, and get involved in extracurricular activities. Although students are not supervised throughout the day like a camp, they do have dedicated peer mentors and resident assistants that live in the residence halls with them. 

In the Summer University, students will: 

  • Earn academic credit that can transfer to a future college or university (or back to high school)
  • Receive 50% off summer tuition 
  • Gain an understanding of research university culture and academic expectations
  • Have access to libraries, labs, fitness center and everything Santa Cruz has to offer


Explore the cost, courses, activities, and FAQs on our website. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Download our Student and Parent Checklist
  2. Submit High School Verification Form 
  3. Register (if you're an international student who needs I-20 or DS-2019 documents, please use the International Summer Registration Form)
High School Summer University runs from Sunday, June 21 – Saturday, July 25, 2020

Questions about the High School Summer University?
Email: highschoolsummer@ucsc.edu or book a time to talk to a current UCSC student about the program.