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 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. Favorite 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 2017, 78% of high school students taking courses earned a B or better and the average GPA of all high school students was 3.44. More high school data is available on our reports page


joinCheck back in January, when we'll post our 2018 classes. Join our email list, and we'll remind you when the information is available. 


The tuition rate for a summer 2018 courses is $281 per credit. Since most courses are five credits, that ends up being $1,405 per course. But, with your 50% high school student discount, that same 5-credit course is $702.50! 

In addition to tuition, there is a one-time mandatory 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 we remove the Campus Fee from your account. 

Next Steps:

  1. Register

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

  4. Apply for housing (optional)

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