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 schools 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: 

  • Gain academic credit that transfer to a future college or university (or back to high school)
  • Have access to libraries, labs, fitness center and everything Santa Cruz has to offer
  • Understand research university culture and academic expectations


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

  1. Register (open April 1 - June 15) Even if took summer classes at UC Santa Cruz last year, all visiting students must register annually to enroll in classes.
  2. Submit High School Verification form 
  3. Choose your class(es)
  4. Apply for Session 1 housing (if living on campus)
  5. Submit your Welcome Packet & Waviers (provided after registration)
  6. Get Packing!
  7. High School Summer University runs from Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, July 27
    Welcome Reception Sunday, June 23 from 3-4:30 pm at the Merrill Cultural Center. All are welcome - students living on campus, off campus, and their families.

Questions about the High School Summer Unversity?
Email: highschoolsummer@ucsc.edu  or book a time to speak with a current UCSC student about their experiences.