Commuter Overview

Join us for Summer Session at UCSC! Here's what high school students (ages 14-18) can expect:

  • high school picDive into a real college experience with our in-person commuter program. Choose from a range of courses and enjoy access to campus resources like the library and fitness center.
  • Get your own UCSC ID Card, doubling as a Metro bus pass. Or, opt for a parking pass if you prefer to drive to campus. Please note, there's no on-campus housing available for high school students.

Safety first! All students attending in-person classes at UC Santa Cruz will need to follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

In the Summer University, students will: 

  • Attend and earn a grade in an undergraduate class alongside UCSC college students (our courses aren't just for high schoolers – you might even be the only one in your class!).
  • Earn academic credit that can be transferred to future colleges or universities, or back to high school.
  • Take advantage of everything UCSC has – like libraries, labs, and the fitness center. Get ready for an awesome summer of learning and exploring!


  • Session 1 classes run from June 24 - July 26
  • Session 2 classes run from July 29 - August 30

Excited to Get Started?

Explore the cost, courses, student stories, and FAQs. Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Complete the High School Verification Form and Waivers
  2. RegisterEven if you took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in classes
  3. Take a look at our Student and Parent Checklist
Questions about the High School Summer University? Email: