Summer Edge Residential Program

Summer 2024 Information Coming Soon!


Experience life on campus and get connected with important resources, staff and faculty while completing your first classes this summer with a cohort of other newly admitted students. Peer Mentors organize a ton of social and academic activities designed to help your transition to UC Santa Cruz and support you throughout the program.

2023 Residential Program Dates
Complete Next Steps by June 30

Move-In - Friday, July 28

Classes Begin - Monday, July 31

Move-Out* - Saturday, September 2

*Transitional Housing (Optional): You can apply for Summer-Fall Transitional Housing if you want to stay on campus between summer and fall move-in, or you can go home and come back!

Register for Summer Edge to:

  • Take 8 credits (including the 1-credit Slug Orientation Course) - (we can help you choose!)
  • Live with your cohort and Peer Mentors at Merrill College (even if you are affiliated with another college).
  • Have access to a ton of activities, workshops and resources to help you succeed.
  • Start making friends early!

Want more options?

If you are unable to join us on campus in Session 2, you can take your classes 100% online. If the class you need is in Session 1, or an 8-Week, or 10-Week session, you can live on campus with Summer Session, without Edge programming or live-in Peer Mentors. The Summer Session Office is open all summer to support students. Email for the next steps.

Summer Edge is a 8-credit* minimum program. Most summer classes are taught at an accelerated five-week pace in Session 1 or Session 2 - iindividual classes may be offered in-person or online in a synchronous or asynchronous format, so make sure to check out the instruction mode of the class you are considering.

*All new students take the mandatory 1-credit Slug Orientation Course, regardless of participation in Summer Edge. For questions about this course, visit

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