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Pre-Collegiate Program

The Pre-Collegiate Program offers you the chance to join the community of more than 250 high school students who spend their time enjoying a summer at Berkeley. Get involved through 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. 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 beyond high school. 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 be study at Berkeley, and much more.


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Session CSession C Dates:
June 22—August 14, 2015
Session 3Session D Dates:
July 6—August 14, 2015

Pre-Collegiate Program participants choose from courses offered in Session C (June 22—August 14) and Session D (July 6—August 14). You will 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.

pre-collegiate brochure download Benefits of the Pre-Collegiate 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
• A complimentary Berkeley transcript for completed coursework
• 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, career 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.


The application will be available Tuesday, February 17. Applications are reviewed as they are received. All applicants must submit a completed application before they are considered for participation in the program. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 5. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Have a question?

• Email us at precollegiate@berkeley.edu
• Call us at 510-643-3364.
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The Pre-Collegiate Program is a commuter program, designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Domestic infoDomestic students who live outside of the Bay Area may apply to Summer Sessions through our partner agency, Education Unlimited, which offers a residential program and course options through the same list of lower division, undergraduate Summer Sessions courses.

International student infoVisiting international students who live outside the United States may not apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program through the Summer Sessions online application process. Instead, international students may apply to Berkeley Summer Sessions through the residential programs offered by our partner agencies, Education Unlimited or Sesame Consulting. Students enrolling through these programs are held to the same application requirements (listed here). In addition to the application components, participating students may be required to apply for an F-1 (student) visa. The representative from our partner programs (listed above) will advise students on the visa process, and assist them if it is required.


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UC student infoLocal students who live in the Bay Area may apply to the Pre-Collegiate 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

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 either the eligibility requirements or course choices set for Pre-Collegiate students.

Application Components

Your application needs to include:

1. A completed online Pre-Collegiate when it becomes available February 2015.
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

Applications are not complete until all supporting documents have been uploaded.

Session CSession C Dates:
June 22—August 14, 2015
Session 3Session D Dates:
July 6—August 14, 2015

The Pre-Collegiate Program is a commuter program, designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, so housing is not provided by UC Berkeley. It is not a residential program, thus students are required to find their own housing. Summer Sessions neither provides nor finds housing for students who are enrolled in the program.

Pre-Collegiate Program participants may only enroll in courses offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 22—August 14) and Session D (six weeks: July 6—August 14). These are Berkeley college level courses. Pre-Collegiate students will be in courses in which the majority of their classmates will be college students from Berkeley, as well as visiting institutions from around the US and around the world. There are no courses designated specifically for high school students.

High school students may take most courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), provided that they have met all prerequisites posted on the online schedule of classes. There are some courses numbered between 1 and 99 that are not available to Pre-Collegiate students; these are listed below.

Students can register for courses when filling out the online application. 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.

To access the list of courses being offered, please go to the online schedule of classes. Because of the abundance of courses being offered, we suggest that you sort courses by session (C and/or D). This option will display all of the courses being offered during the session/s you choose.

If you need further assistance using the online schedule of classes, please reference the site's "About" page.

When choosing a course, please:

• Make sure that the course is offered during Session C or D
• Make sure that the course is numbered 1-99
• Check the list of classes below to make sure that 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.

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

The following lower division courses are not available to students in the Pre-Collegiate Program. Please note that this list includes all lower division online courses.

The following courses are NOT available to students in the 2015 Pre-Collegiate Program:

African American Studies 4B
African American Studies R1B
Arabic 10
Arabic 30
Astronomy W12
Biology 1A
Biology 1A Lab
Biology 1B
Celtic R1B
Chemistry N3AL
Civil Engineering W30
Cognitive Science N1
College Writing R1A
College Writing 6A
College Writing 6B
College Writing 6C
College Writing 6E
College Writing 6F
College Writing 6G
College Writing 6H
College Writing 6J
College Writing 7A
College Writing 7B
College Writing 7D
College Writing 7E
College Writing 7G
College Writing 7H
College Writing 7J
College Writing 7K
College Writing 8
College Writing W9
College Writing 9A
College Writing 9B
College Writing 9C
College Writing 9D
College Writing 9E
College Writing 9F
College Writing 9H
College Writing 9I
College Writing 9J
College Writing 9K
College Writing 9L

College Writing 9M
College Writing 9O
College Writing 9P
College Writing 9Q
College Writing 9R
College Writing 9S
College Writing 9T
College Writing 9U
College Writing 9V
College Writing 9W
College Writing 9Y
College Writing 9Z
Comparative Literature R1B
Earth and Planetary Science W12
Economics 1
Electrical Engineering 40
Engineering W7
Environmental Design 11A
Environmental Design 11B
English N1A
English N1B
French R1B
French 35
Gender & Women's Studies 50AC
Italian R5B
Letters and Science W1
Math W53
Mechanical Engineering 40
Mechanical Engineering W61
Mechanical Engineering W85
Molecular and Cell Biology W61
Physical Education 32
Physics 7A
Physics 7B
Physics 7C
Physics 8A
Physics 8B
Political Science 3
Psychology W1
Scandinavian R5B
Slavic R5B
Sociology 5
Statistics W21

Once you have been accepted into the Pre-Collegiate Program, 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.

Tuition is based on the number of units you are taking. Visiting high school students pay $460 per unit with classes ranging from one to five units. Visiting student tuition applies to all students who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at a University of California campus. This includes all other US college students, international students, and high school students.

In addition, all visiting students are charged a registration fee of $335 and a document management fee of $53.

Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of application. The online application includes a payment section, which will show the total of tuition (based on the courses for which you have applied) and program fees, if applicable, the registration fee, and the document management fee. This section also contains a section on payment details, including all necessary credit card information. Most major credit cards are accepted for payment. All charges must be paid at the time of application.

For more information about fees and the Summer Sessions refund policy please go to our Fees and Refund Policy pages.

PLEASE NOTE: Fees do NOT include housing. The Pre-Collegiate Program does not have a residential component; there is no special supervision or programming in the residence halls for high school students.

Financial aid is only available for matriculating Berkeley students, thus Pre-Collegiate Students are not eligible.

In addition to taking Berkeley Summer courses, Pre-Collegiate students have the opportunity to participate in various co-curricular activities. These activities allow students to get to know others in the Pre-Collegiate Program, as well as the Berkeley campus. Events range from lunches to workshops that give students tips on the ins and outs of getting into college.

Check out the Pre-Collegiate Program calendar below for more detailed information about what’s to come this summer!

PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, and locations are TBA.

Pre-Collegiate Orientation

This is a mandatory event for all Pre-Collegiate 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 Pre-Collegiate 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.

June 22, 2015: Session C begins

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. Come 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.

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July 6, 2015: Session D begins

Welcome Lunch
See 'Welcome Lunch' description for Session C.

Treasures of UC Berkeley: Library Online
See 'Library Online' description for Session C.

Prepping for and Writing College Applications
See 'Prepping for and Writing College Applications' description for Session C.

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? Come get tips and ideas from a professional career & college counselor on the best ways to pick a college that works best for you and your needs.

August 14, 2015: Sessions C and D End

The application will be available Tuesday, February 17.

Complete the following steps to apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program:

  1. Complete the online application form. Please note that you cannot save and return to your application, so ensure that you have gathered 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 Pre-Collegiate 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 2014 (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).

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

Students will receive a confirmation e-mail once the application is complete. Within two to three weeks of the completion of the online application, students will receive a confirmed class schedule with all enrollment details.