Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program


Are you a high school student from outside the Bay Area seeking an on-campus experience at UC Berkeley this summer?

There may be space still available in our Pre-College Scholar's Residential program for domestic or international students who already have a visa. Please email for more information.

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program (formerly Pre-College Program) offers you a community of over 250 high school students who spend their time enjoying a summer at Berkeley. Get involved in Berkeley courses, co-curricular activities, and workshops planned just for you. Take advantage of everything campus has to offer, while simultaneously earning College credit.

Summer academic sessions begin with an orientation, a campus tour, and opportunities to meet your summer classmates. Optional co-curricular activities are planned to offer you a variety of helpful hints on both making the most of your Berkeley learning experience and planning for academic life. Berkeley staff and students, as well as visiting professionals, lead seminars about the best practices of using University libraries, choosing a College, and writing a successful College application and personal statement. Hear from currently enrolled Berkeley students and get your questions answered about what it's like to study at Berkeley, and much more.

Session C Session C Dates:
June 18 - August 10, 2018
Session 3Session D Dates:
July 2 - August 10, 2018


Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program participants choose from courses offered in Session C (June 18 - August 10) and Session D (July 2 - August 10). Find courses to meet and challenge your desire to learn. Whether you are looking for the next set of courses beyond your high school offerings, exploring a possible College major, or you're ready to try courses in an area of special interest, you can find it at Berkeley in the summer! Learn from and with the best, and an adviser at Summer Sessions will work with you every step of the way.

Benefits of the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program include:

  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your College application
  • A personal letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning for passing grades upon email request.
  • Earn a Berkeley transcript that can be requested from the UC Berkeley's Office of the Registrar
  • College credit that may be transferable to another College program*
  • An orientation and campus tour for accepted students and parents
  • Seminars on writing a successful College application,College exploration, and more
  • A designated adviser in Summer Sessions
  • Co-curricular activities to introduce you to the campus and its services
  • Eligibility for membership in the California Alumni Association (for a fee)

*Acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution.


Applications are reviewed as they are received. All applicants must submit a completed application before they are considered for participation in the program.

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The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program is a commuter program and designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Domestic infoInternational student info Domestic & visiting international students who live outside the Bay Area may apply to participate in Summer Sessions through our Pre-College Scholars Residential Program.

If a student will have graduated from high school before the start of summer classes, they can attend Berkeley Summer Sessions as a visiting student; such students are NOT limited by the eligibility requirements nor course choices set for Pre-College Scholars students.


UC student infoLocal students who live in the Bay Area may apply to the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program using the online application if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Currently reside in the state of California
  2. Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes
  3. Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school course work
  4. Must be 16 years of age by June 18, 2018
  5. Do not require residential housing and/or visa support


Application Components

Your application needs to include:

  1. 2018 Application period is closed.
  2. An official or unofficial transcript that includes all grades earned from 9th grade through the fall semester preceding your application (Report cards are not acceptable)
  3. A letter of interest, written by the student (See Application Process for more details)
  4. A Release of Authorization for Medical Treatment
  5. Full payment of fees at the time of application


The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program is a commuter program and designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so housing is not provided by UC Berkeley. Students in need of housing may apply to the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program


Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program participants enroll in college-level courses offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 18 - August 10) and Session D (six weeks: July 2 - August 10). Pre-College Scholars enroll in courses in which the majority of their classmates will be UC Berkeley students and visiting students from institutions around the United States and the world. There are no courses designated specifically for high school students.

Typically, high school students take courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), provided that academic departments deem the course available to high school students and students have met all course prerequisites. Because a Summer Sessions course is an accelerated version of a 16-week semester course, we advise that students take no more than two courses.

Letters & Science W1 – Exploring the Liberal Arts (online course open to high school students)

While there are no courses designated specifically for high school students, Letters and Science 1 is an online course open to high school students, particularly those who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education but uncertain of where to start their academic explorations. Taking L&S W1 over the summer will give you the best possible start on exploring academic disciplines within the liberal arts

Some courses numbered between 1 and 99 are not available to Pre-College students. Academic departments have oversight regarding course availability to high school students. It is your responsibility to make sure that the course is available for high school students. If you have any questions about pre-requisite verification and/or course availability, please contact the academic department directly.

When choosing a course:

  • Make sure the course is offered during Session C or D
  • Make sure the course is numbered 1-99
  • Check the course description and make sure the course/s you have chosen are open to you.
  • Check course prerequisites to be sure that you have met the requirements listed. These can be found in the catalog description of the course. The Course Description link appears next to the title of the course in the schedule of classes.

Courses are offered for College credit but may not meet any high school unit or course requirements. Specific questions should be directed to the college/career counselor at your high school.

Once you have been accepted into the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program and enrolled in your courses, go to the Cal Student Store and follow the appropriate links for the summer session and courses in which you are enrolled. There you can access a list of both required and recommended books for your class/es.


Domestic visitor fees apply to those who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at a University of California campus. This includes all U.S. college students, high school students, and non-students (general public).

Per Unit ChargeRegistration FeeDocument Management Fee
Domestic Visitor$550$385$56
Fees are subject to change.

For more information on Domestic Visitors fees visit our 2018 Summer Fees section.


In addition to taking Berkeley Summer courses, Pre-College students have the opportunity to participate in various co-curricular activities. These optional activities allow students to get to know others in the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program, as well as the Berkeley campus.

Dates, times, and locations are TBA.

Pre-College Activities

Pre-College Orientation
This is the only mandatory event for all Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program participants. Come and meet other students, the Summer Sessions staff, and learn what Berkeley has to offer. You will hear detailed information about the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program, be able to ask questions of past Program participants and learn what you can expect from your summer at Berkeley. A guided tour of campus will follow.

Welcome Lunch
Now that you've gotten an idea of what to expect for the summer, come hang out with other students from your program and have a free lunch, compliments of the Summer Sessions staff.

Prepping for and Writing College Applications
Completing college applications can be a very stressful process. Get tips and practical advice about the best way to go about this process, including how to write the all-important personal statement, from an experienced representative from Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Treasures of UC Berkeley: Library Online
The library is probably the most important resource on campus, yet most people don't know how to use it properly and aren't aware of its many hidden treasures. Take advantage of the resources right in front of you! Find out about much of what the Berkeley library has to offer and how to take advantage of it.

Choosing a College That Best Suits You
Don't know where you want to go to college? Do you know the resources available for making such an important decision? Get tips and ideas on the best ways to pick a college that works best for you and your needs.


Complete the following steps to apply for the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program:

  1. Complete the online application (2018 application now closed) Gather all of the following information before you begin:
    • Basic biographical and contact information
    • Emergency contact information
    • Course control number/s for the chosen course(s)

  2. Upload 200-500 word letter of interest (must be a PDF). The letter for the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program should answer the following questions:
    • What in your academic background (AP classes, test results, classroom participation, study habits, etc.) prepares you to participate in this program?
    • How will you benefit from this program (i.e. How will it prepare you for future courses, career plans, leadership opportunities, etc.)?
    • Please tell us about a facet of your personality that helps you move through your academic life.

  3. Upload a copy of your most recent high school transcript, showing all high school work through Fall 2017 (must be a PDF). Report cards are not acceptable.

  4. Upload a signed Waiver of Liability form (must be a PDF).

  5. Pay all tuition and fees. Tuition and fees must be paid in full with credit card only (Summer Sessions accepts most major credit cards).

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are submitted and all tuition and fees are paid.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive an e-mail with instructions for setting up your CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within a day of submitting your application.

Once you have created your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the Cal Central system and enroll in courses, pay your fees, and access information about UC Berkeley.