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Summer Pre-College Programs

Explore a Major, Inspire a Career

Get more out of your summer with our on-campus pre-college programs for high school students at UC Davis. These two-week summer residential programs give high-achieving incoming freshmen to graduating seniors a hands-on introduction to college. Explore a major, live in dorms, meet new people, work with brilliant researchers…all at UC Davis, one of the world’s top research universities. Applying to college can be tough, but with our Summer Pre-College Programs, you’ll have the opportunity to work with university professors and admissions advisers to elevate your perspective on higher education and yourself, giving you a unique story for college applications. We offer several distinct "majors" for you to choose from, each exploring a subject area in which UC Davis is an international powerhouse, conducting research that is changing our world and how we understand it.