Who is a U.S. High School Student?

During the summer, UCLA opens its door to high school students as well, and we invite you to come and study in a welcoming environment that appreciates diversity and global perspectives.

UCLA Summer Sessions offers high school students two ways to engage in a college experience that will challenge and inspire them:

  • Individual UCLA Academic Courses; or
  • Specialized Precollege Summer Institutes

High school students may participate in a Precollege Summer Institutes if the student is 14 years of age or older by the first day of summer.

High school students may also consider enrollment in college academic courses. Students must be at least 15 years of age by the first day of summer to enroll in academic courses. High school students enrolled in academic courses may apply for housing through UCLA Housing Services.


If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, you are considered a U.S. high school student for our registration purposes:

The thousands of high school students who have joined us in the past report that UCLA Summer Sessions is an invigorating and unforgettable experience academically, culturally, and socially, and we hope to see you this summer.



Academic Courses

Please visit our Academic Courses: U.S. High School Students page for more information on the following:

  • Enrollment and registration
  • Fees and payment
  • Relevant University and Summer Sessions policies

Transcripts, proof of enrollment at another institution, or a GPA minimum is not required.

Summer Sessions is a unique opportunity to advance your academic career. During the summer, many academic courses that make up UCLA's regular curriculum are offered in two sessions, Session A and Session C . With over 100 courses to choose from, including online courses, you can have an unforgettable summer no matter where you are.

While the majority of courses are 6-weeks long, a small number of courses in Session A last for 8-10 weeks. If you are interested in a course that is offered during Session A, please be sure to check the Schedule of Classes to verify the course length. All Session C courses are 6-weeks long.


2018 Session Schedule for Academic Courses
Session A 6 weeks June 25, 2018 August 3, 2018
Session A 8 weeks June 25, 2018 August 17, 2018
Session A 9 weeks June 25, 2018 August 24, 2018
Session A 10 weeks June 25, 2018 August 31, 2018
Session C 6 weeks August 6, 2018 September 14, 2018

2018 High School Pre-Approved Course List

More information on Academic Courses for visiting high school students

Registration no longer available for Summer 2018

Online Courses

UCLA Online Courses offer you the opportunity to earn credit anytime, anywhere. UCLA academic courses delivered online carry the same unit value and UCLA degree credit. Whether you have other summer activities planned or you wish to stay in your hometown, online courses provide an alternative solution to your academic needs.

If you enroll in online courses only, the registration fee will be waived. Note: "Hybrid" courses that have components offered both online and on UCLA campus are not considered online courses for summer registration purposes.

Registration no longer available for Summer 2018

Precollege Summer Institutes

Precollege Summer Institutes are designed for advanced high school students who wish to gain academically challenging college-level experience.

High school students who are 14 years of age or older by the first day of summer may participate in our Precollege Summer Institutes.
Most of our programs offer mandatory housing.

Listed below are the 2018 Precollege programs: