First Year Edge (formerly known as Summer Academy) is an exciting opportunity for all new slugs to transition into a world-class research institution. You’ll get a head start on degree requirements while experiencing a rigorous academic environment with dedicated faculty in small classes that support your success.

Living in the residence halls with Peer Mentors and Resident Assistants, you will not only make great connections with peer mentors, classmates, and roommates but also learn how to navigate campus life. First Year Edge also includes a ton of fun, including Bay Area road trips and exploration of the University’s unique location, culture, community, and identity. 


After accepting your admission to UCSC for fall. Follow these steps:

  1. Download our Student and Parent Checklist
  2. Register for First Year Edge (if you're an international student who needs I-20 or DS-2019 documents, please use the International Summer Registration Form)
  3. Explore the costcourses, housing, and activities on our website. 
First Year Edge runs from Tuesday, July 21 – Saturday, August 29, 2020

Questions about First Year Edge?
Email: firstyearedge@ucsc.edu or book a time to talk to a current UCSC student about the program.