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Pre-Collegiate Application Before You Apply Checklist


The Pre-Collegiate Program offers you the chance to join the 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 earning college 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 a college, and writing a successful college 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.

Session C Dates:


Session D Dates:


Pre-Collegiate Program participants choose from courses offered in Session C (June 20—August 12) and Session D (July 5—August 12). 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, 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. (link sends e-mail)
  • 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. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 6. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

He Pre-Collegiate Program is a commuter program, 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:

Education Unlimited
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.

Sesame Consulting
The International Pre-Collegiate through Sesame Consulting offers students the opportunity to earn college 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.

The UC Berkeley & UC Davis program through Sesame Consulting offers students the opportunity to strengthen their English skills and further explore American culture and values.

Students enrolling through our partner agencies are held to the same application requirements. In addition to the application components, participating students may be required to apply for an F-1 (student) visa. The representative from our partner programs (listed above) will advise students on the visa process, and assist them if it is required.

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 20, 2016

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.

Application Components


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

Applications are not complete until all supporting documents have been uploaded. The deadline to apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program is Monday, June 6.

Session C Dates:


Session D Dates:


The Pre-Collegiate Program is a commuter program, 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 may only enroll in courses offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 20—August 12) and Session D (six weeks: July 5—August 12). These are Berkeley college level courses. Pre-Collegiate students will be in courses in which the majority of their classmates will be college 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 may 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. There are some courses numbered between 1 and 99 that 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, please 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, please:

  • 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.


PLEASE NOTE: 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:

  • College Writing 9BAfrican American Studies 4B
  • College Writing 9CAfrican American Studies R1B
  • College Writing 9EArabic 10
  • College Writing 9FArabic 30
  • College Writing 9GBiology 1A
  • College Writing 9IBiology 1A Lab
  • College Writing 9JBiology 1B
  • College Writing 9OCeltic R1B
  • College Writing 9RChemistry N3AL
  • College Writing 9SCognitive Science N1
  • College Writing 9VCollege Writing 5A
  • College Writing 9WCollege Writing 5C
  • College Writing 9YCollege Writing 5D
  • College Writing 10ACollege Writing 5E
  • College Writing 131College Writing 5F
  • Comparative Literature R1BCollege Writing 5G
  • Economics 1College Writing 5H
  • Electrical Engineering 40College Writing 5I
  • Environmental Design 11ACollege Writing R1A
  • Environmental Design 11BCollege Writing 6A
  • English N1ACollege Writing 6B
  • English N1BCollege Writing 6C
  • French R1BCollege Writing 6E
  • French 35College Writing 6F
  • Gender & Women's Studies 50ACCollege Writing 6G
  • Italian 1College Writing 6H
  • Italian N70College Writing 6I
  • Italian R5BCollege Writing 6J
  • Mechanical Engineering 40College Writing 7A
  • Mechanical Engineering W85*College Writing 7B
  • Molecular and Cell Biology W61**College Writing 7C
  • Physical Education 32College Writing 7D
  • Physics 7A***College Writing 7E
  • Physics 7BCollege Writing 7G
  • Physics 7CCollege Writing 7J
  • Physics 8A****College Writing 7K
  • Physics 8BCollege Writing 8
  • Political Science 3College Writing W9
  • Scandinavian R5B
    Slavic R5B
    Sociology 5
    College Writing 9A

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.

For more information about fees and the Summer Sessions refund policy please go to our Fees and Refund Policy pages.

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

In addition to taking Berkeley Summer courses, Pre-Collegiate students have the opportunity to participate in various co-curricular activities. These activities allow students to get to know others in the Pre-Collegiate Program, as well as the Berkeley campus. Events range from lunches to workshops that give students tips on the ins and outs of getting into college. Check out the Pre-Collegiate Program calendar below for more detailed information about what's to come this summer!

PLEASE NOTE: Dates, times, and locations are TBA.

Pre-Collegiate Orientation

This is a mandatory event for all Pre-Collegiate Program participants. Come and meet other students, the Summer Sessions staff, and learn what Berkeley has to offer. You will hear detailed information about the Pre-Collegiate Program, be able to ask questions of past Program participants, and learn what you can expect from your summer at Berkeley. A guided tour of campus will follow.


Welcome Lunch

Now that you've gotten an idea of what to expect for the summer, come hang out with other students from your program and have a free lunch, compliments of the Summer Sessions staff.

Prepping for and Writing College Applications

Completing college applications can be a very stressful process. Come get tips and practical advice about the best way to go about this process, including how to write the all-important personal statement, from an experienced representative from Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Treasures of UC Berkeley: Library Online

The library is probably the most important resource on campus, yet most people don't know how to use it properly and aren't aware of its many hidden treasures. Take advantage of the resources right in front of you! Find out about much of what the Berkeley library has to offer and how to take advantage of it.

Choosing a College That Best Suits You

Don't know where you want to go to college? Do you know the resources available for making such an important decision? Come get tips and ideas on the best ways to pick a college that works best for you and your needs.

Applications period begins Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The deadline to apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program is Monday, June 6.

Complete the following steps to apply for the Pre-Collegiate Program:

Complete the online application form. Please note that you cannot save and return to your application, so ensure that you have gathered 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).

Please Note: 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).

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