UC Santa Barbara Summer Sessions offers a variety of Pre-College Programs that provide students with unique opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. Simultaneously, these programs are 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’s social environment.
The suite of programs that 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. The Summer Scholars Program allows students to choose two undergraduate courses and gain a comprehensive introduction to UC Santa Barbara. These transformative summer experiences help students get ahead while honing skills that prepare them to excel in higher education.