High School Overview

“Santa Cruz High School senior Matthew Phillips, 17, who signed up for a beginning Japanese language summer session course before his junior year, liked it so much that he returned this last summer for Literature 61F, a study of the graphic novel.      

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As part of UCSC’s Summer Session, high school students entering their junior or senior year with a GPA of 3.0+ can choose from over 100 different classes across thirty departments including Biology, Environmental Studies, Music, and many more. Students earn UC transferable credits at a fraction of the cost. High School students can enroll in any lower-division courses (those numbered 1 through 99) unless you contact the Summer Session office to request an exception. Popular classes for high school students include Introduction to Computer Science (CMPS 10), Calculus (Math 19A/19B), History (10A), Economics (Econ 1, Econ 2), and Literature (Lit 61).

In 2016, 82% of high school students taking courses earned a B- or above and the average GPA of all high school students was 3.34. More high school specific data is available on our reports page. 


cost of summer session for high school students The tuition rate for a summer 2017 courses is $273 per credit. Since most courses are 5 credits, that ends up being $1365 per course. But, with your 50% high school student discount, that same 5-credit course is only $682.50! 

In addition to tuition, there is a one-time mandatory $287 Campus Fee so you can have a UCSC Student ID Card and full access to all campus resources, including the libraries, gym, pool, buses, Metro, and computer labs. You will have access to all of the campus resources all summer, regardless of the session(s) you are attending class. 

If you take online classes only, you will earn the same credits, but will not be charged the Campus Fee.

Next Steps:

  1. Register

  2. Submit your Verification Form 
  3. Choose your class(es)

  4. Apply for housing (optional)

  5. Visit (optional) - Come join us for a UC Santa Cruz campus tour! Our informative Student Life and University Guides provide insight into the undergraduate experience, highlight our high-impact interdisciplinary research and world-renowned faculty, and showcase our stunning campus environment. Schedule a tour - http://admissions.ucsc.edu/visit/

Session 1

Registration April 1 - June 15

Enrollment opens May 1

Session 1 Dates June 26 - July 28

Add Deadline June 29

Drop Deadline July 3

Withdrawal Period July 4 - July 14

Session 2

Registration April 1 - June 15

Enrollment opens May 1

Session 2 Dates July 31 - September 1

Add Deadline August 3

Drop Deadline August 7

Withdrawal Period August 8 - August 18

Check our calendar for more dates, including important deadlines for 8 and 10-week classes.