Our pre-college programs are designed to be immersive, meaning that a student’s experience extends far outside of the classroom. High school students admitted into a research program are considered registered UC Santa Barbara students during the summer session, allowing access to a number of resources and amenities to support a transformative experience.
Commuter Option: A commuter student travels to campus daily by car or public transportation from as far north as Lompoc and as far south as Ventura. This option is available to local and non-local students who choose to live in Santa Barbara with family for the summer. Commuter students have the opportunity to participate in many social activities with residential students.
Residential Option: A very important component of your pre-college experience is life outside the classroom – living and learning with others. Your residence hall on the UC Santa Barbara campus is not only a place to sleep and study, but where you also will develop friendships with students (residential or commuter) of various cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs.