The Pre-Collegiate Program offers you a 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 earningCollege 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 aCollege, and writing a successfulCollege 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.
The 2017 Application period will open in February 2017.
June 19 - August 11, 2017
July 3 - August 11, 2017
Pre-Collegiate Program participants choose from courses offered in Session C (June 19 - August 11) and Session D (July 3 - August 11). 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 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 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 Pre-Collegiate Program is a commuter program and designed for students who live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Domestic 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.
Visiting international students who live outside the United States may participate in Berkeley Summer Sessions through the following residential programs offered by our partner agencies Education Unlimited or Sesame Consulting:
Summer Focus at Berkeley through Education Unlimited offers a residential program and course options through the same list of lower division, undergraduate Summer Sessions courses.
The International Pre-Collegiate through Sesame Consulting offers students the opportunity to earnCollege credits and join the community of high school students coming from all over the world to enjoy a summer at UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Local 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:
- Currently reside in the state of California
- Have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes
- Have an overall B average (3.0, weighted or unweighted) in all of their high school course work
- Must be 16 years of age by June 19, 2017
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.
Your application needs to include:
- A completed online Pre-Collegiate form
- 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)
- A letter of interest, written by the student (See Application Process for more details)
- A Release of Authorization for Medical Treatment
- Full payment of fees at the time of application
The Pre-Collegiate 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. 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 enroll in courses offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 19 - August 11) and Session D (six weeks: July 3 - August 11). These are Berkeley College level courses. Pre-Collegiate students will be in courses in which the majority of their classmates will beCollege 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 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. Some courses numbered between 1 and 99 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.
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
To access the list of courses being offered 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:
- 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.
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 2016 Pre-Collegiate Program - 2017 courses will be updated December 2017.
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).
African American Studies 4B
African American Studies R1B
Biology 1A Lab
Cognitive Science N1
College Writing 5A
College Writing 5C
College Writing 5D
College Writing 5E
College Writing 5F
College Writing 5G
College Writing 5H
College Writing 5I
College Writing R1A
College Writing 6A
College Writing 6C
College Writing 6I
College Writing 6J
College Writing 7C
College Writing 7E
College Writing 7G
College Writing 7J
College Writing 7K
College Writing W9
College Writing 9A
College Writing 9B
College Writing 9C
College Writing 9E
College Writing 9F
College Writing 9G
College Writing 9I
College Writing 9O
College Writing 9R
College Writing 9S
College Writing 9W
College Writing 10A
College Writing 131
Comparative Literature R1B
Electrical Engineering 40
Environmental Design 11A
Environmental Design 11B
Gender & Women's Studies 50AC
Mechanical Engineering 40
Mechanical Engineering W85*
Molecular and Cell Biology W61**
Physical Education 32
Political Science 3
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.
* Mechanical Engineering W85: Only open to high school students who have taken all of the following pre-requisites: Math 53, Math 54, and Physics 7. Interested pre-collegiate students contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about pre-requisite requirements.
** Molecular and Cell Biology W61: Only open to high school students who have taken high school chemistry. Interested pre-collegiate students contact email@example.com for questions about pre-requisite requirement.
*** Physics 7A: Open to high school students who have an advanced mathematical background. Students must have completed AP - BC Calculus with a score of 5 or an equivalent to UCB's Math 1A and Math 1B. Registration requirement: Interested pre-collegiate students must consult directly with the Physics Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-requisite verification and possible enrollment approval.
**** Physics 8A: Open to high school students who have appropriate mathematical background. Students must have completed AP - AB Calculus with a minimum score of 4 or an equivalent to UCB's Mathematics 1A, 10A, 16A. Registration requirement: Interested pre-collegiate students must consult directly with the Physics Department at email@example.com for pre-requisite verification and possible enrollment approval.
2017 Fees will be updated in December 2017
Tuition is based on the number of units you are taking. Visiting high school students pay $480 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 $54.
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.
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.
Dates, times, and locations are TBA.
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Complete the following steps to apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program:
Complete the online application form available February 2017. 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)
- 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.
- Upload a copy of your most recent high school transcript, showing all high school work through Fall 2015 (must be a PDF). Report cards are not acceptable.
- Upload a signed Waiver of Liability form (must be a PDF).
- 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..
You will receive a confirmation e-mail once the application is complete. Within two to three weeks of the completion of the online application, you will receive an e-mail containing your UC Berkeley student ID number (SID) and personal identification number (PIN).