High School Summer Opportunities

Experience Summer at UC Santa Cruz! Our high school programs welcome students (age 14-18) locally and globally to take part in an exciting summer full of challenging college courses, friends and experiencing Santa Cruz life. 

High school students who completed their sophomore or junior year with a GPA of 3.0+ can live and learn at UC Santa Cruz this summer. 

Choose from two paths to summer classes at UC Santa Cruz:

Summer Session 1
High School Summer University
Summer Session 2

Live on campus or commute. Any high school student who takes Session 1 classes is automatically part of the program.

Benefits include:

  • 50% off summer tuition (exclusive to high school students)
  • Peer mentors, off-campus excursions, and activities
  • Choose from over 100 Session 1 courses from Biology to Environmental Studies, to Music
  • Gain academic credits that transfer to a future college or university

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Take Summer Session 2, 8-week, or 10-week classes on-campus or online, through our regular Summer Session.


  • 50% off summer tuition (exclusive to high school students)
  • Although not a formal program, you still have the option to live in the residence hall, have full access to the campus, and the support of our office
  • No dedicated peer advisers living in the halls, welcome orientation, or program-specific activities

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