High School Course Enrollment

Guidance on selecting courses:

Choose from over 100 different Session 1 classes across 30 departments, including Biology, Environmental Studies, Music, and more. Favorite courses for high school students include Chemistry (CHEM 1A), History (10B), Economics (Econ 1), and The Oceans (OCEA 1).

  • We encourage high school students who will be juniors or seniors to enroll in lower-division courses (those numbered 1 through 99). Some upper divisions are appropriate too but would require pre-approval. Note: Our Writing 2 course is not suitable for visitors. 

  • Review the 2019 list of courses suggested by our academic advisers specifically for high school students. All summer courses are here listed by department. 2020 classes will be available in January. 

  • Interested in getting a General Education Requirement met? Easily transferable to other UC campuses. Read up on UCSC’s GE Requirements

  • Explore previous years' syllabi to see the pace and course load of specific classes
Course Credits
  • Most courses are 5 credits. That relates to a student's workload and the 35 hours of class meeting time. One 5-credit class is ideal for 5 weeks - that's what we recommend.  

  • A few classes are 2 credits, meaning lower workload and less meeting time. Some labs are 1 credit and meet once per week.

  • Students can take a 5-credit class and a 2-credit class for a bit more work, or two 5-credit courses for a total of 10 credits in 5 weeks - a lot of work!

Online Classes

Can't come to campus?  Take lower-division online classes from anywhere in the world! The Calculus series (Math 19A+19B), Intro to Drawing (Art 20L), and Philosophy (Phil 11) are popular online classes, great for a focused rising junior or senior.  Feel free to work with us as you think through which courses to take.

Math Preparation

UCSC uses the online preparation and placement system ALEKS to assess students' current math skills and knowledge.

Here are the UCSC articulations with AP scores:  
  • AP CALC AB: Score 3:  Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3 and Mathematics 3. 
  • AP CALC AB: Score 4,5:  Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3, Mathematics 3, Mathematics 11A, and Mathematics 19A 
  • AP CALC BC: Score 3:  Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3, Mathematics 3, Mathematics 11A, and Mathematics 19A
  • AP CALC BC: Score 4,5:  Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3, Mathematics 3, Mathematics 11A and 11B, and Mathematics 19A and 19B

Steps to Enroll Starting May 1

Once you have completed all steps to register and you have submitted your high school verification form, you may continue to course enrollment. Note that you will not be able to enroll in courses until you receive your login information after registering (this may take up to two weeks):

  • Step 1: Complete all steps to register, then when set up is processed, you will receive your login. 
  • Step 2: Starting March 15, browse courses through Class Search 
  • Step 3: Add courses to your shopping cart
  • Step 3:  Starting May 1, enroll via My Student Center on your MyUCSC portal. Visit navigating MyUCSC for additional assistance with adding classes, changing passwords, etc.

Please Remember:

  • If you cannot attend a course you're enrolled in; you MUST DROP yourself. Instructors do not drop students in Summer Session. If you do not drop yourself from a class, you will be responsible for paying the tuition for it.
  • There is a non-refundable $50 cancellation fee if you enroll in summer session courses at any time but decide to drop them all. 
  • See our academic calendar for important summer deadlines and our summer-specific add, drop and request for W policies.