High School Registration


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

It is important for you to understand that Summer University is designed to be independent in nature. Both students and parents should evaluate the student’s maturity and readiness for independence before committing to the program.

  1. Verification Form  
    • We cannot complete your registration until we receive this online form via DocuSign
    • 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. Commuter Waiver and Information Packet
  3. Registration 
    • Even if you took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in courses
    • The registration process is not immediate and involves multiple offices - we estimate it will take 1-2 business days to complete

      To ensure you make the add deadline:

      • Session 1 add deadline is June 29  - you should register by Friday, June 23
      • Session 2 add deadline is August 3 - you should register by Friday, July 28 
      • 8-week classes add deadline is June 29  - you should register by Friday, June 23 
      • 10-week classes add deadline is July 6  - you should register by Friday, June 30

      Close Sunday night July 30, 11:59

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  4. Pay the non-refundable $50 registration fee

*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 add deadline. No exceptions made after the deadline.

Eligibility Exceptions:

The transition from high school to college 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 a 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 form, and waiver 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.