Summer Session Courses and Programs

The University of California, Santa Cruz, Summer Session offers UCSC students a chance to accelerate progress toward their degrees and welcomes visitors from other colleges and universities as well as members of the community (including high school juniors and seniors). Often significantly smaller than during the fall, winter, and spring quarters, Summer Session in-person and online classes include major requirements and qualifying courses, lower- and upper-division courses, and general education courses. The 10-week summer quarter is divided into sessions, and most courses are taught in an accelerated five-week format. Students may enroll in multiple classes in one or all sessions, with a maximum of 30 credits total.

Tutoring, advising, and other academic and personal support are available, as are on-campus housing and dining, athletics and recreation, campus employment, and more. The review of many course restrictions is waived in summer, giving students new opportunities. Special summer-only programs include the Summer Edge for new fall admits and the renowned one-week Dickens Universe. Please visit for courses and details or email