Get more out of your summer with our Pre-College Programs at UC Davis. These two-week summer residential programs give high school students a hands-on introduction to college. Explore a major, live in dorms, meet new people and learn from faculty – all at UC Davis, one of the world’s top research universities.
Program at a Glance
- Chemical Engineering with Coffee – starts July 7
Coastal and Marine Science – starts June 10- Waitlist
- Environmental Toxicology – starts July 14
- Equine Science Session 1 – starts June 30
- Equine Science Session 2 – starts July 14 - 50% Full
- Film and Media Studies – starts July 7
- Forensics – starts July 7
- Pre-Med – starts July 14
- Startup Entrepreneurship – starts July 7
UC Davis is a Top Tier University
“The program helped me to narrow what I am interested in studying. I have applied this when researching colleges and have paid more attention to what I am looking for in a college’s science programs and the research they are doing.”
—Sigourney, 2023 Environmental Toxicology Student
UC Davis Pre-College Programs are taught by some of the university's most popular, engaging and distinguished faculty.
Dr. Ellie Fairbairn
I have been a student, researcher, and educator at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML) for over 17 years. Teaching curious students of all ages has become my favorite part of being a scientist. I am thrilled to lead the UC Davis Pre-College Program in Coastal & Marine Sciences, and cannot wait to guide students as they explore the diverse coastal ecosystems of Sonoma County, CA, and discover how human activities are impacting these valuable natural resources.
Dr. Amy McLean
My approach to teaching has been informed by my international experiences, and I try to include the global aspect of the equine industry in my courses, so students learn about all equids and the challenges facing them. I enjoy teaching hands-on labs and courses that allow students to see firsthand how to apply science to improving their understanding of equine and ultimately the care and wellbeing of equids.
Dr. Sascha Nicklisch
I was drawn to teach at UC Davis because of its reputation for research in environmental and human toxicology. I feel like this area of science has barely had its surface scratched and I am excited to pioneer further developments in the field. My research interests focus on understanding why industrial chemicals and other toxicants enter and accumulate in humans and other animals and plants.