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 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. These transformative summer experiences help students get ahead while honing skills that prepare them to excel in higher education.

View the 2023 Pre-College brochure, or use the buttons below for more details about our offerings.


ATTENTION: All pre-college students are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19!

Students who are participating in any in-person courses or programs at UC Santa Barbara during Summer Sessions will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their arrival on university property. This is in accordance with the University of California’s policy for immunization requirements. For more information on the policy, and to upload proof of vaccination, visit Student Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information Page.