High School Summer Scholar Program

June 21 - July 31, 2014

This summer is your opportunity to have an exclusive collegiate experience at the University of California, Irvine, one of the nation's top research universities and now ranked the best young university in America.

Through the UCI High School Summer Scholar Program, you will preview and prepare for the challenges and rewards of undergraduate life. You will learn from UCI's distinguished faculty in your college course, study alongside other university students, meet additional faculty, researchers, and industry experts from across the campus through networking activities and interactive seminars, and enjoy fun social activities where you will meet other Summer Scholars and make new friends.


Academics and Co-curricular Program

UCI Credit Course

Courses are taught by UCI instructors and attended by matriculated UCI students. The instructor will be unaware that you are a high school student, giving you an authentic academic experience.

  • Enroll in one UCI credit course of your choice.
  • You may choose to enroll in a course related to your future major or in a topic that interests you and is intended for general education credit at your future alma mater.
  • You will receive regular UCI college credit for this course, and your grades will be recorded on an official UCI transcript. Most UCI courses offer 4 units of credit.

Selecting a course:

  • We recommend students take lower division courses (numbered 99 and below). Visit our website for a list of recommended courses. If you are interested in a higher-level course, e-mail us at summer-scholars@uci.edu to request clearance.
  • If you intend to use the course you select toward your high school graduation requirements, please check with your high school guidance counselor prior to enrollment to confirm that the course you select meets your high school’s graduation requirements. Unfortunately, due to the specific nature of academic advising, UCI Summer Scholar staff is unable to provide academic advising for your course selections.

The Program

In addition to your UCI credit course, Summer Scholars will meet in seminar style together to learn about university research, student life, and collegiate skills while in a college setting. This cohort experience will allow you to be a part of an integrated community of high school students and to learn as a member of a peer group whose active contribution to the classroom encourages knowledge and success. The classroom experience will be a supportive environment where you will develop friendships which promote reflection and personal exploration. With support from faculty, staff and student mentors, you will work as part of a large group and smaller teams, bringing insight and practical application to the classroom curriculum.


College learning encompasses more than just the classroom. A very important component of your college experience is what you gain outside the classroom, also known as co-curricular learning. The INSIDE UCI series, collegiate life workshops, and social activities are designed to give you an understanding of the opportunities, resources and experiences you will encounter as a college student and introduce you to other Summer Scholars.

Your Summer Scholar experience will be guided by the enthusiastic and friendly staff in the Summer Session Office as well as by the Summer Scholar Mentors. The mentors are UCI undergraduate students and former participants in Summer Session programs who volunteer their time to support you, serve as a resource, and plan social events.

Orientation Campout

Grab your overnight bag and get ready for a day and night of fun as staff and mentors welcome you to UC Irvine. The campout will take place on the athletic field behind the Anteater Recreation Center, UCI's state-of-the-art gymnasium. Through this experience, you will explore the campus and find your classrooms, bond with other Summer Scholars through mentor-led activities, and share a meal at a popular on-campus dining hall within UCI's freshman housing complex, notably named Middle Earth. In the evening, enjoy a movie under the stars where you will meet one of the program's keynote speakers.

The orientation campout is a perfect way for you to meet the program staff and mentors, to learn the ins and outs of the program before classes begin, and to create a foundation for a successful summer! Details coming soon. For enrolled students only. No parents or guardians.


Program Advantages

  • Experience college life and all the challenges and rewards that come with it.
  • Earn UCI college credit that may be transferable to another college program.*
  • Pursue a new academic area or build upon your current interests.
  • Receive a UCI transcript for completed coursework.
  • Co-curricular activities and events introduce you to the UCI campus, faculty, and its many resources.
  • Participate in a college application workshop with UCI Admissions, career and research exploration, and more.
  • Meet new people, including current UCI undergraduate students and other high achieving Summer Scholars.
* Acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution.

Certificate of Completion

Students who complete the program and meet the requirements for participation will receive a Certificate of Completion. Show colleges and universities that you have what it takes!

To receive your UC Irvine High School Summer Scholar Certificate of Completion, you must:

  • Attend the Program Orientation Campout on Saturday and Sunday, June 21 & 22.
  • Enroll in and successfully complete your academic course(s).
  • Attend the required program meetings, twice per week (M/W 3-5pm, or Tu/TH 3-5pm).
  • Attend the Closing Event on Thursday, July 31.

Why UCI?

  • UC Irvine ranks first in the U.S. and fourth in the world in a Times Higher Education analysis of the best universities under age 50.
  • First public university in Nobel Prize history to have professors win in two fields during the same year (1995): Frederick Reines in physics and F. Sherwood Rowland in chemistry.
  • Consistently recognized for its superior academic programs and major research accomplishments, UC Irvine is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 14th best public university and among the top 50 universities nationally.
  • UC Irvine placed third in Sierra magazine's ranking of the country's "Coolest Schools," making it the fourth year the university has been included among the top 10 greenest campuses.

Virtual Tourvirtual_tour

Visit and explore UCI Irvine virtually! This tour highlights the campus, academic programs, and student life. Stops at academic schools, residential facilities, recreation facilities, and student support services will give you an idea of what a typical day on campus looks like.



The things I've learned are invaluable. I think going into college has become less intimidating. 2013 Summer Scholar