Summer Scholars Program (SSP)

This academic program allows motivated students to jumpstart their higher education career by enrolling in two credit-bearing courses while experiencing college life alongside a diverse population of undergraduate students at UC Santa Barbara. In addition to engaging in meaningful coursework, college preparation seminars, and professional development workshops, students will participate in evening and weekend social activities and events that will acquaint them with Santa Barbara's beautiful surroundings, and introduce them to life as a member of the Gaucho community. Students have the option to live in an on-campus residence hall or commute to campus.

Program Dates: June 21 – August 1, 2020 (six weeks)

Applications for the 2020 program are now open through June 1, 2020. To apply click HERE.
Students will be admitted on a rolling basis. 

Program Highlights

Academic Preparation: Build a toolkit for success with workshops on time management,
study skills, and dealing with stress. 
Admissions Edge: Learn to stand out in the college application process by participating in
seminars led by UC Santa Barbara Admissions Counselors.
Gaucho Forums: Gain a comprehensive introduction to the university by learning about our
majors, resources, and campus life. 
Beyond the classroom: Attend GRIT talks on cutting-edge research and enjoy social events
to connect with like-minded peers. 

Participants will benefit from the plethora of academic resources UC Santa Barbara has to offer, as well as workshops designed specifically to guide students through the college admissions process and beyond. Whether you are looking to enroll in an academic course in a new discipline at the university level, explore a potential major or minor, or engage in a special interest topic, you can find a match at UC Santa Barbara in the summer. 

Program Eligibility

  • Must currently be a high school student in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade

  • Have a minimum 3.3 GPA weighted in UC a-g requirements

  • Must attend the program in its entirety 

2020 Program Fees*

$50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
$2,950 Commuter Student Tuition
$8,949 Residential Student Tuition
*Prices are subject to change

A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available for California residents and are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, and availability.

Contact Us

For more information about the program or to inquire about the application process, please contact: