Summer Edge Residential Program

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

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:

  • Get 25% off of your summer tuition (this summer only).
  • Take the required 2-credit course in Session 2 with other Edge students.
  • Take a 5-credit course of your choice (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 7-credits 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 7-credit* minimum program. Most summer classes are taught at an accelerated five-week pace in Session 1 or Session 2 - individual 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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