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High School Students

UC Santa Barbara Summer Sessions offers a suite of opportunities for pre-college students to expand horizons, fuel curiosity, and hone independence! Our unparalleled research programs provide unique opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. Designed to shape each student's academic, professional, personal, and social development, our programs challenge high school students by exposing them to the academic excellence of UC Santa Barbara while immersing them in the university‚Äôs social environment. 

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The programs we offer are designed to appeal to students with a wide range of interests. The Research Mentorship Program and the Summer Research Academies allow participants to deep-dive into an interdisciplinary subject while discovering new knowledge through university-level research. For those less research-oriented, open enrollment in Summer Sessions allows students to learn alongside the undergraduate population by partaking in UC Santa Barbara courses. Each of these transformative summer experiences help students get ahead while honing skills that prepare them to excel in higher education.