Welcome to Summer in Santa Cruz!

As part of UCSC’s Summer Session, visiting students from across the country can choose from over 350 different classes across 30 departments. Students earn UC transferrable credits in half the time of Fall/Winter/Spring. Most classes are taught at an accelerated five-week pace. Request information or join our mailing list to be reminded of visiting student deadlines.

You are a Visiting Student if you are:

  • Currently attending a university or community college other than UC Santa Cruz (International students click  to see International specific page and deadlines)
  • A working professional or community member 

All visiting students must register annually to enroll in courses. 

Next Steps to Attend UC Santa Cruz Summer Session:

  1. Review the Visiting Student Guide and Checklist 
  2. Register (open April 1 - June 15)
  3. Calculate your Cost (there is no Financial Aid available from UC Santa Cruz)
  4. Review our policies and deadlines on adding, dropping, and requesting a W grade
  5. Enroll in your class or join a waitlist (enrollment opens May 1)
  6. Learn when and how to pay

Important Policies

  • UCSC Summer Session policies differ from other campuses. Read through our policies regarding waitlists, adding, dropping, refunds, and Medical or Emergency course withdrawal carefully.
  • Unlike other colleges and universities, UCSC does NOT for non-attendance or non-payment. There are no automatic drops over summer
    • Even if you never attend class - you need to drop yourself
    • Even if you don't pay - you need to drop yourself
  • YOU must officially drop your course by the deadline to avoid receiving an F or NP (No Pass) and being responsible for tuition and fees.

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.

Summer Accommodations

If You Chose Not to Attend:

  • If you filled out a registration form but did not pay the $50 fee, you can email summer@ucsc.edu and let us know so we stop messaging you. We will cancel your registration.
  • If you registered, and paid your $50 non-refundable fee, but never enrolled in classes, there is no action required. Have a good summer. 
  • If you cannot attend a course you're enrolled in; you MUST DROP yourself. Instructors do not drop students for not attending or not paying. If you do not drop yourself from a course, you will be responsible for paying the tuition for it.