UCSC Summer Programs for New Students

Updated: 12 March 2020

Congratulations and Welcome to UC Santa Cruz!

UC Santa Cruz offers a variety of summer programs for new students. Some programs are open to all new students, and some are by invitation only. Below you will find a list containing basic program information and the program link.

All new students are expected to complete the online Slug Orientation (click here to see course dates).

This information applies to the entering Fall class. Contact the office offering the program directly with questions. Click program link to learn more about the program and specific dates.

Program Name  

Program Dates
Who May Participate  Can student participate in this and other summer programs?
AARCC The Black Academy  September 14-19 By invitation only; emails will be sent directly to selected students. Yes. Except EOP Summer Bridge.
EOP Bridge First Year Experience Program  July 21-23, and September 6-20 By invitation only; emails will be sent directly to selected students. Contact program coordinator to discuss.
Engineering Academy  August 18-23 Email sent directly to selected students. No.
First Year Edge  July 21-August 29 All newly admitted frosh students. Yes. Contact summeredge@ucsc.edu if interested in multiple programs.
Transfer Edge  July 21-August 29 Newly admitted transfer students. No.
UCSC Summer Session Two 5-week sessions. June 22-July 24 & July 27-August 28 Everyone. All UCSC continuing and new students. Over 350 courses on campus and over 60 completely online. Yes. Contact summer@ucsc.edu with questions.
Wilderness Orientation August 30-September 9 or September 15-25 All incoming students, frosh and transfers, are welcome. No, participation with other concurrent programs is not possible.