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Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program

 

 

Prepare yourself for a summer full of academic growth and preparation available at your fingertips! From the convenience of home, you will be able to connect with UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty. All of the things that make Berkeley a great place are virtually waiting for you. In addition to academics, we have optional, online extra-curricular activities and events that will give you a chance to expand your personal and social horizon, learn practical information, and enjoy Berkeley outside the 'classroom.'

Summer academic sessions begin with an online orientation, a virtual interactive campus tour, and opportunities to meet your fellow Pre-College scholars. Optional online extracurricular activities and college exploration workshops are planned to offer you a variety of helpful insights on both making the most of your Berkeley learning experience and preparing for academic life at the college level.

Find courses to meet and ignite your desire to learn. Whether you are looking to challenge yourself by taking courses beyond your high school offerings, explore a possible college major, or you're ready to try classes in an area of special interest, you can find it all at Berkeley in the summer! Be prepared to learn from and with the best.

Program Benefits:

  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your college application
  • A Berkeley transcript that can be requested from the UC Berkeley's Office of the Registrar 
  • College credit may be transferable to another College program*
  • Upon email request, a personal letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning for passing grades
  • Online orientation for accepted students and parents to introduce you to the campus and its services
  • Online Workshops on college exploration, writing a successful college application, and more
  • A designated Program Coordinator in Summer Sessions

*Acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the accepting institution.

Once you have completed your application, it will be reviewed by Program staff on a rolling basis. If your application is complete, you will be notified of your admissions decisions to the program via email.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will delay the student's admission decision to the Pre-College Scholars Commuter Program. Please be sure to check your email regularly as staff may email you regarding incomplete application materials. Email precollege@berkeley.edu if you have questions about the status of your application.

Have a question?

  • Email us at precollege@berkeley.edu

Pre-College Scholars Commuter Checklist

1. Before You Apply
2. Apply
3. After You Apply

 Pre-College Scholars Commuter Parents

Letter to parents


Office Hours: Drop-in virtual advising for prospective and admitted students is offered via Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday of every week starting April 2 through August 14 during the following times:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM PT
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM PT
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You can also email us at precollege@berkeley.edu with any questions or concerns

Applications open: February 18, 2020
Application deadline: Monday, June 22 11:59pm (PST)

View a recorded Online Info-Session on YouTube in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


 

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter program welcomes students from all over the world this summer to experience the quality and excellence of UC Berkeley classes from the convenience of home!

To be eligible for the program, students must:

 

  • 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 on or before June 21, 2020

If a student has 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 the eligibility requirements nor course choices set for Pre-College Scholars students.

Please NOTE: All students who attend high schools outside of the United States are required to provide documentation of meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirement unless their school country is exempt from the requirement, OR they will enroll only in English as a Second Language course.

Proof of meeting this requirement is normally completed during the visa process for international visitors. Because you will NOT be issued an I-20 to apply for a student visa, you will need to provide this documentation during the application process.

Application Components

Your application needs to include:

All students who attend high schools outside of the United States are required to provide documentation of meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirement unless their school country is exempt from the requirement, OR they will enroll only in English as a Second Language course.

Proof of meeting this requirement is normally completed during the visa process for international visitors. Because you will NOT be issued an I-20 to apply for a student visa, you will need to provide this documentation during the application process.

Application Review & Course Enrollment

Students do not enroll in courses at the time of application submission.

Student's online application and required documents will be reviewed in the order received and processed on a rolling basis by program staff. Typically, it will take 5-7 business days for a student's application to be reviewed. If your application is complete, you will be notified of your admissions decisions to the program via email. Email precollege@berkeley.edu if you have questions regarding the status of your application.

Students who are admitted to the Pre-College Scholars Commuter program will receive an email regarding their acceptance into the program and instructions for setting up their CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this email within 1-2 business days of submitting your application.

Once you have created your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the CalCentral system and enroll in courses, pay your fees, and access information about UC Berkeley. If you encounter any issues with receiving your CalNet information, please contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will delay a student's admission to the Pre-College Scholars program. Please be sure to check your email regularly as staff may email you regarding incomplete application materials. Email precollege@berkeley.edu if you have questions regarding the status of your application.

Payment & Drop For Non-Payment 

Please allow 3-5 business days for payment processing time. Failing to receive payment on time will result in the student being dropped from their class(es) without any guarantees that the student will be able to return to their course and/or associated sections, especially if the course is full. To view in-person and online payment options, visit the following link: https://studentbilling.berkeley.edu/payments-and-refunds.

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program is a virtual commuter program designed for students anywhere in the world. Housing, therefore, is not provided.

 

 

Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program participants enroll in college-level courses offered during 2020 summer sessions. The majority of their classmates will be UC Berkeley students and visiting students from institutions around the United States and the world.

Summer Sessions 2020 classes will be offered in two different formats:

Remote Instruction:
Remote classes will be conducted synchronously, based on the class times listed in the Course Catalog in the Pacific Time Zone and will require that students log in and be virtually present for all class meetings. (Pre-College students are only eligible to courses numbered 1-99)

Online Courses:
Online courses are specifically designed to be taught in a virtual setting and are asynchronous, meaning that there are no scheduled class times and, therefore, would be more flexible than remote class options. (Pre-College students are only eligible for courses numbered 1-99.

High school students are eligible to take courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), provided that academic departments deem the course available to high school students, and students have met all course prerequisites. Because a Summer Sessions course is an accelerated version of a 16-week semester course, we advise that students take no more than five units for Session A, eight units for Session B, five units for Session C, six units for Session D, and three units for Sessions E and F.

Letters & Science W1 – Exploring the Liberal Arts (online course open to high school students)

Letters and Science W1 is an online course open to high school students, particularly those who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education but are 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

Some courses numbered between 1 and 99 are not available to Pre-College students. Academic departments have oversight regarding course availability to high school students. It is your responsibility to make sure that the course is available for high school students. If you have any questions about prerequisite verification or course availability, please contact the academic department directly.

When choosing a course:

  • Check course prerequisites to be sure that you have met the requirements listed. These can be found in the catalog description of the course in the Berkeley Academic Guide
  • Courses are offered for college credit but may not meet any high school unit or course requirements. Specific questions should be directed to the college/career counselor at your high school.

Once you have been accepted into the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program enrolled in your courses and paid your tuition and fees, go to the Cal Student Store, and follow the appropriate links for the Summer Sessions and courses in which you are enrolled. There you can access a list of both required and recommended books for your class/es.

 

 

Domestic/International visitor fees apply to those who are not currently enrolled in a degree program at a University of California campus. This includes all U.S. college students, high school students, and non-students (general public).

  Per Unit Charge Registration Fee Document Management Fee
Domestic Visitor $550 $450 $60
Fees are subject to change.

For more information on Domestic/International Visitors' fees, visit our 2020 Summer Fees section.

For more information regarding our refund policy, visit our Summer Sessions Refund Policy section.

 

 

Online Orientation & Activities

In addition to taking Berkeley Summer courses, Pre-College students have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities. These optional activities allow students to get to know their peers virtually in the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program.

Dates, times, and locations will be reflected on the program's calendar which you will have access to on your Student Handbook.

Pre-College Orientation

Orientation is essential to your success within the program, and while the orientation is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged. Meet other students, the Summer Sessions staff, and learn what Berkeley has to offer. You will hear detailed information about the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program, be able to ask questions and know everything you can expect from your summer at Berkeley.

Thursday, May 21 (Virtual Orientation): 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 (Virtual Orientation): 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Monday, June 29 (Virtual Orientation): 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Online College Exploration Workshops

Every Tuesday in July, we will offer college exploration workshops between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM (Pacific Time Zone) that are designed to help students prepare for the college admission process and beyond. Consult with your academic calendar for more information.

Virtual Drop-in Advising

Your program coordinator will be available to connect with you this summer via Zoom to answer any questions you may have or check in with you just to make sure everything is going well. You can always swing by every Tuesday and Thursday during these times:

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Pacific Time Zone)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific Time Zone)
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Applications open: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Application deadline: Monday, June 22 11:59pm (PST)

Apply to PreCollege Scholars Summer Commuter Program

Your Application: What to Expect

Complete the following steps to apply for the Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Commuter Program:

1. Application: Gather all of the following information before you begin:
• Basic biographical (name, birth date, gender, citizenship, etc.) and contact information
• Emergency contact information

2. Complete the personal insight questions: When completing the online application, all students are required to submit two short answers (100 words each) to the following questions.
• What in your academic background prepares you to participate in this program?
• Please tell us about a facet of your personality that you believe will help you adjust to academic life this summer at UC Berkeley.

3. Upload a PDF copy of your most recent high school transcript, showing all high school work through Fall 2019 (official or unofficial). The transcript must include the student's full name and cumulative GPA. Report cards are not acceptable.

4. Upload a signed Waiver of Liability & Authorization Form

5. Upload a signed Release of Authorization for Emergency Treatment Form

6. Upload a signed Consent to Release Student Information Form

7. English Proficiency Requirement (if applicable): All students who attend high schools outside of the United States are required to provide documentation of meeting the English Language Proficiency Requirement unless their school country is exempt from the requirement, OR they will enroll only in English as a Second Language course. Proof of meeting this requirement is normally completed during the visa process for international visitors. Because you will NOT be issued an I-20 to apply for a student visa, you will need to provide this documentation during the application process.

Once you have completed your application, it will be reviewed by Program staff on a rolling basis. Typically, it will take 5-7 business days for your application to be reviewed. If your application is complete, you will be notified of your admissions decisions to the program via email.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and will delay the student's admission decision to the Pre-College Scholars Commuter Program. Please be sure to check your email regularly as staff may email you regarding incomplete application materials. Email precollege@berkeley.edu if you have questions regarding the status of your application.

Course Enrollment & Tuition and Fee Payment: What to Expect

1. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive a decision update via email. Instructions on setting up your CalNet ID, passphrase, and how to enroll in your Summer Sessions class(es) will follow. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of receiving your acceptance notification. If you encounter any issues with receiving your CalNet information, please contact itcsshelp@berkeley.edu. Once you create your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the Cal Central system and enroll in your Summer Sessions class(es).

2. Pay all tuition and fees. Tuition and fees will be assessed to your CalCentral account once you have enrolled in your Summer Sessions class(es). All tuition and fees must be paid in full in CalCentral within seven calendar days from when students enroll in their class(es), or you will be dropped from your class(es).

3. Payment can be made via electronic or check payment. (Summer Sessions accepts most major credit cards). Please allow 3-5 business days for payment processing time. Failure to receive payment on time will result in the student being dropped from their class(es) without any guarantees that they will be able to return to their course and/or associated sections, especially if the course is impacted. To view in-person and online payment options, visit the following link: https://studentbilling.berkeley.edu/payments-and-refunds.

Applications are not considered complete until all required materials are submitted, and admission is not considered confirmed until all tuition and fees are paid.