University of California, Riverside

Summer Academy

2015 Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students

High School Students

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The Summer Academy program offers you the chance to join a community of more than 150 high school students who spend their time enjoying a summer at UCR. You will have the opportunity to earn college credit on an official UC transcript all while meeting distinguished faculty and building new relationships with fellow UCR students. Take advantage of taking UC Riverside courses, program events, and workshops planned just for you!

The summer Academy begins with an orientation, a campus tour and opportunities to meet your summer classmates. Program events planned offer you a variety of helpful hints on both making the most of your UCR learning experience, and planning for academic life beyond high school. Over pizza and soda, currently enrolled UC Riverside students will answer your questions about what it’s like to be here, and much more. You may want to consider these activities and workshop opportunities when planning your summer schedule.

Summer Academy program participants choose from courses offered in Session 1 (June 22 – July 25, 2015), Session 2 (July 27 – August 29, 2015) and Session 6 (June 22 – August 8, 2015). 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, are ready to try courses in an area of special interest, or are exploring a possible college major, you can find it here at UCR in the summer. Please email the Summer Academy coordinator at with any questions.

2015 Summer Academy Orientation:
We are pleased to announce Dr. Richard Cardullo will be presenting the keynote address at the 2015 Summer Academy Orientation. Dr. Richard Cardullo is a Professor of Biology and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of California Riverside. During the event we hope to give both parents and students a chance to learn about the expectations and demands required at the university. It is crucial for students to attend this event to receive further instructions and information on the enrollment process. Please join us on Saturday May 16th, from 9:30am to 11:30am in room 0116 of the Materials Science & Engineering Building (MSE). All guests will receive complimentary parking in Lot 15. There will be an optional campus tour at noon. Please RSVP if you would like to attend the orientation and participate in the optional campus tour at

Eligible Early Academic Outreach Program students will be contacted by the UCR EAOP office to offer them the opportunity to participate in this program (


Why wait until you graduate from high school to start earning your college degree? Start taking classes this summer at the University of California, Riverside!

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2015 Summer Academy Dates:

Session 1~ June 22 - July 25
Session 2~ July 27 - Aug 29
Session 6~ June 22 - Aug 8



  • College credit that may be transferable to another college program*
  • Become familiar with the expectations and demands of college-level courses
  • Obtain full UCR course credit on an official UC transcript
  • Add this experience to your college applications to distinguish yourself
  • Learn about a college campus and the resources available to you
  • An orientation and campus tour for accepted students and parents

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


  • Students who have completed the 9th, 10th or 11th grade. 

  • Students must prove a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher*
    *An official, sealed transcript is required.  If interested applicants have a cumulative GPA between 3.0 and 3.5, please call to discuss possible acceptance into the program.

  • Students must provide an endorsement letter from a teacher or counselor in support of their academic skills.


  • Many high school students got a great head start on their freshmen college year by taking classes through the Summer Academy. Since 1995, over 3,000 high school students have taken between 1 and 8 UCR classes through the Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students program!

  • Academically skilled high schools can successfully earn credit in UCR undergraduate classes. Over 80% of Summer Academy students earn a grade of "B" or higher in their first UCR course. 

  • You probably know someone from your high school who has attended this program. Students from 55 local and international high schools applied to the Summer Academy program in 2014. WOW! 

PLEASE NOTE:  The UCR Summer Academy is not a guaranteed admission program into the University of California. Students interested in attending a University of California campus to obtain a post-secondary degree must submit a regular admission application. If you are a graduating high school senior this year, you are no longer eligible for the 2015 Summer Academy program; however, you can still take classes this summer through the regular Summer Sessions term as a visiting student.

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Summer Academy
900 University Ave.
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Riverside, CA 92521-0112

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Fax: (951) 827-7370