Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program

 

 

Earn college credit this summer while experiencing university life to the fullest with other students from Berkeley and around the world. As a Pre-College Scholar, you will take two courses offered through Berkeley Summer Sessions and/or Berkeley Extension’s Pre-College Scholars’ core curriculum. You will also participate in College Admissions workshops delivered by skilled admissions professionals, including a workshop delivered by Berkeley’s Office of Admissions.

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program offers international and domestic high school students the opportunity to live on campus and enjoy the summer at Berkeley. Get involved in Berkeley courses, extracurricular activities and excursions, and workshops planned just for you. Take advantage of everything campus has to offer, while also earning college credit.

Your summer residential experience begins with an orientation, a campus tour, and opportunities to meet with program staff and other participants. Activities and excursions are planned to help you meet other students in your program, make the most of your Berkeley learning experience, and prepare for your future college experience.

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 staff will work with you every step of the way.

Pre-College Scholars Residential Checklist

1. Before You Apply
2. Apply
3. After You Apply

Pre-College Scholars Residential Parents

Letter to parents

Dates:

Choose from courses offered in Session C (June 18 - August 10) and Session D (July 2 - August 10).

 

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

 

Program Benefits:

  • Residential program housing a short walk from campus with full-time chaperones
  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your college application
  • A letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning for passing grades upon email request to precollegiate@berkeley.edu.
  • 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*
  • Welcome orientation and campus tour
  • Support from designated program staff throughout the program
  • College preparation workshops
  • Extracurricular activities and excursions

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

International Students: Check out our frequently asked questions for more information.


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The Berkeley Pre-College Summer Scholars Residential Program works in cooperation with Polychrome International Education and SY Academy.

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program is open to both domestic and international high school students who will be of age 16-18 by the start of the program.

Students must be in good academic standing in their home institutions. International high school students must meet Summer Sessions’ English Language Requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements may enroll in ESL courses and select courses in Berkeley Extension’s Pre-College Scholars’ core curriculum.

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program is designed for domestic and international high school students who live outside the local San Francisco Bay Area and are seeking housing during the summer academic session.

Domestic students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  1. Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes
  2. Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school coursework
  3. 16 years of age by June 17, 2018
  4. Require residential housing

International students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  1. Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes
  2. Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school coursework
  3. Meet our minimum English language proficiency requirements
    Students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement may enroll in ESL courses and select courses in Berkeley Extension’s Pre-College Scholars’ core curriculum.
  4. Maintain health insurance coverage as outlined in our health insurance requirement
  5. 16 years of age by June 17, 2018
  6. Require visa
  7. Require residential housing

High school graduates: who have graduated from high school before the start of summer classes are not eligible for the Pre-College Scholars program. High school graduates can attend Berkeley Summer Sessions as a visiting student and need to apply using the visiting student application.

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program is a program designed for domestic and visiting international students who do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Housing is provided by UC Berkeley, and all participants are required to live in assigned residential housing. Students will live with other Pre-College Scholars program participants in dormitories within walking distance from class and will be under the full-time supervision of program RAs.

 

 

Pre-College Scholars take two courses selected from a large catalog of Berkeley Summer Sessions courses and Berkeley Extension’s Pre-College Scholars’ core curriculum.

Summer Sessions Courses

Pre-College Scholars students may enroll in Berkeley Summer Session courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division) offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 18 - August 10) and Session D (six weeks: July 2 - August 10), as long as the course available to high school students and students have met all course prerequisites.

UC Berkeley Summer Session Sample Courses:

  • COMPSCI 61A Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  • FRENCH 1 - Elementary French
  • MATH 1A - Calculus
  • MCELLBI 63 - Intro to Functional Neuroanatomy
  • PSYCH N1 - General Psychology
  • L&S W1 - Exploring the Liberal Arts

View the full list of summer session courses.

Berkeley Extension Pre-College Scholar’s Courses

The Pre-College Scholars core curriculum is designed to boost students’ academic skills and college readiness to succeed as a student in U.S. universities.

UC Berkeley Extension Sample Courses:

  • Service Learning and Leadership
  • Personal Essay Writing
  • Academic Reading and Writing
  • Precalculus and Calculus
  • U.S. Culture and Academic Skills
  • ESL Speaking and Listening

View the full list of college courses designed specifically for high school students.

Academic Tutoring & Mentoring

Boost your academic skills and college readiness with tutoring and mentoring by Berkeley students who know what it takes to thrive at a top-notch global university

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program students will have the choice of two Summer Sessions courses with Berkeley students; or one Summer Sessions course and one course with other high school students, exclusive to the cohort of Berkeley Pre-College Scholars.

 

 

8 week - Session C (June 18-Aug 10): $15,000
6 week - Session D (July 2 - Aug 10): $13,700

 

Pre-College Scholars Residential program fee includes tuition & fees, housing, meals, orientation, excursions & activities, health insurance, and on-site support.

Fees are subject to change.

For information on options available for paying charges on your student account visit our Student & Billing Services webpage.

 

 

In addition to taking Berkeley Summer courses, Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program students will have the opportunity to participate in various extra-curricular activities, workshops, and excursions. These activities are planned to help you meet other students in your program, make the most of your Berkeley learning experience, and prepare for your university studies. Dates, times, and events are subject to change.

Pre-College Activities

Pre-College Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential 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 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.

Preparing 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.

Choosing a University 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.

 

Applications open: February 15, 2018

Application deadline: May 1, 2018 (or until filled)

Thank you for your interest in our Pre-College Scholars Program!

At this time, we are no longer accepting applications due to exceptionally high demand. If you would like to explore other UC Berkeley campus-based programs, please find below a list of UC Berkeley summer programs for high school students:

Your Application: What to Expect

  1. Online application. (Gather the following information before you begin.)
    • Basic biographical (name, birthdate, gender, citizenship, etc) and contact information
    • Emergency contact information

  2. A 200-500 word letter of interest (uploaded as a PDF). The letter should answer the following questions:
    • What is 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. What classes do you plan to take? 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. Your most recent high school transcript (PDF copy), showing all high school work through Fall 2017. Report cards are not acceptable.

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

  5. Upload a signed Code of Conduct form (PDF)

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