Welcome to Summer in Santa Cruz!

As part of UCSC’s Summer Session, visiting students from across the country can choose from over 300 different classes across 30 departments including Introduction to 3D printing, Contemporary Social Theory, Interactive Video Game Design, Evolution and Ecology, and more. Students earn UC transferrable credits in half the time of Fall/Winter/Spring quarter, and enjoy summer in Santa Cruz!

You are a Visiting Student if you are:

If you were admitted to and attended UCSC in the past during a fall/winter/spring quarter, but did not graduate, follow the next steps on our former UCSC student page

Next Steps to Attend UC Santa Cruz Summer Session:

  1. Register (you must register every year to be able to enroll in classes) 

  2. Choose your classes

  3. Apply for housing (optional)


  • Tuition is $279 per credit, see the Visiting Students section on our fees page for more details. 


  • If you complete 15 or more credits, we'll take $680 off! Find out more on the Tuition and Fees page. 


  • Summer Session students have the option to live on campus.
  • Room rates for Summer Session discounted by 50% from the preceding academic year room rates. 
  • If you want to live off campus, check out the community rentals page, provided by UC Santa Cruz.

Financial Aid

  • Ask the school you are visiting from if you have remaining aid for this summer to use here at UCSC.
  • If you are from another UC and you are aid eligible, check with your home campus to receive your package.