University of California, Riverside

Summer Academy

Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students

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Applications for 2018 are now closed. 2019 Applications will open in early 2019.

The Summer Academy program offers you the chance to join the UC Riverside community of more than 150 advanced high school students. This program gives you an opportunity to earn college credit on an official UC transcript, meet with distinguished faculty, and build new relationships with fellow UCR students. Take advantage of UC Riverside courses, program events, and workshops planned just for you!

The Summer Academy begins with an orientation, a campus tour, and the opportunity to meet your summer classmates. The program events provide a multitude of helpful tips on how to make the most of your UCR learning experience and plan for your future academic career. You can also attend lunch with currently enrolled UC Riverside students who will answer questions about what it’s like to be an undergrad at UCR and much more. We encourage you to consider these beneficial activities and workshops when planning your summer schedule. Download our program course information packet

Summer Academy program participants are encouraged to take courses primarily from Summer Session A. 

  • Summer Session A (June 25 – July 28) 5 Weeks
    • This is the preferred session for most students.
  • Session B (July 30 – September 1) 5 Weeks
    • Session B may overlap with the start of fall-term courses at the high schools. 
  • Session D (June 25 – August 11) 7 Weeks 

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.

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

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  • College credit that may be transferable to another college program*
  • Complete A-G requirements during the summer
  • 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; 8th grade students may be accepted for certain programs

  • 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.


  • Previous Summer Academy participants received a great head start on their freshmen year in college by taking classes through the Summer Academy. Since 1995, over 3,200 high school students have taken between 1 and 8 UCR classes through the Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students program!

  • Academically skilled high school students 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.

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 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 Information

UCR Summer Sessions and Special Programs
Summer Academy
900 University Ave.
Hinderaker Hall 1100C
Riverside, CA 92521-0112

Tel: (951) 827-7739