First Year Edge

“This summer session was my first set of classes at UCSC and they were an amazing experience. I was eager to get started with college and summer session was the perfect bridge between high school and college.” - Asher Chelder (2021 First Year Edge)

If you’re thinking about starting this summer, let us tell you a little bit about what it means to be a First Year Edge student. It means you:

  • Move to campus on Friday, July 22
  • Take 7 credits in-person during Summer Session 2 (a 5-credit class of your choice, plus the 2-credit Navigating the Research University)
  • Live in a summer residence hall with other newly admitted students
  • Have a core group of Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants supporting you

You’ll get an edge on degree requirements with dedicated faculty in small classes that support your success. Moving to campus early, you’ll make great connections with classmates and roommates and learn how to navigate campus life. 

Summer Edge also includes a ton of fun, including social events and exploration of the University’s unique location, culture, community, and identity. 

Our “Speedy Slug” early registration guarantees your accounts will be set up before enrollment opens on May 1 and also includes access to:

  • Individual guidance for Summer Session class selection
  • Summer Edge Financial Aid estimate
  • Disability Resource Center accommodations

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Next step: Explore Summer Courses

Questions? Email summeredge@ucsc.edu or book a time to talk to staff or a current UCSC student about the program.