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Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program

 

 

Earn college credit this summer while experiencing university life to the fullest with other students from Berkeley and around the world. As a Pre-College Scholar, you will take two courses offered through Berkeley Summer Sessions. You will also participate in College Admissions workshops delivered by skilled admissions professionals, including a workshop delivered by Berkeley's Office of Admissions.

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program offers international and domestic high school students the opportunity to live on campus and enjoy the summer at Berkeley. Get involved in Berkeley courses, extracurricular activities and excursions, and workshops planned just for you. Take advantage of everything campus has to offer, while also earning college credit.

Your summer residential experience begins with airport pickup, an orientation, a campus tour, and opportunities to meet with program staff and other participants. Activities and excursions are planned by UC Berkeley undergraduate resident advisers and the program's student advisers to help you meet other students in your program, make the most of your Berkeley learning experience, and prepare for your future college experience.

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 staff will work with you every step of the way.

Choose from courses offered in Session C (June 24 - August 16) and Session D (July 8 - August 16), and from electives specially designed for Pre-College Scholars.

Watch the Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program: Online Info Session.

Program Benefits:

  • Residential program housing on campus with full-time chaperones
  • The addition of Berkeley Summer Sessions on your college application
  • A letter of commendation from the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad, and Lifelong Learning for passing grades upon email request to precollege@berkeley.edu.
  • A detailed student evaluation and skills assessment report from your Pre-College elective course instructor, and the opportunity for excellent students to receive letters of recommendation from instructors upon request.
  • 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*
  • Welcome orientation and campus tour
  • Support from designated program staff throughout the program
  • College preparation workshops
  • Extracurricular activities and excursions

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

International Students: Check out our frequently asked questions for more information.

 

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars Summer Residential Program is open to both domestic and international high school students who will be 16-18 years old by the start of the program.

Students must be in good academic standing in their home institutions. International high school students must meet Summer Sessions' English Language Requirements.

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program is designed for domestic and international high school students who live outside the local San Francisco Bay Area and are seeking housing during the summer academic session.

Domestic students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  • 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 coursework
  • 16 years of age by June 23, 2019
  • Require residential housing

International students who live outside the local Bay Area must meet the following requirements to apply to the summer residential program:

  • 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 coursework
  • Meet our minimum English language proficiency requirements
  • Maintain health insurance coverage as outlined in our health insurance requirement
  • 16 years of age by June 23, 2019
  • Require a visa
  • Require residential housing

High school graduates: Students who have graduated from high school before the start of summer classes are not eligible for the Pre-College Scholars program. High school graduates can attend Berkeley Summer Sessions as a visiting student and need to apply using the visiting student application.

 

 

The Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program is a program designed for domestic and visiting international students who do not live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Housing is provided by UC Berkeley, and all participants are required to live in assigned residential housing. Students will live with other Pre-College Scholars program participants in dormitories within walking distance from class and will be under the full-time supervision of program RAs.

 

 

 

Pre-College Scholars Residential students take two courses selected from a large catalog of Berkeley Summer Sessions courses. You will have the choice of two Summer Sessions courses with Berkeley students.


Summer Sessions Courses

Pre-College Scholars students may enroll in Berkeley Summer Session courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division) offered in Session C (eight weeks: June 24 - August 16) and Session D (six weeks: July 8 - August 16), as long as the course is available to high school students and students have met all course prerequisites.

UC Berkeley Summer Session Sample Courses:

  • COMPSCI 61A Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
  • FRENCH 1 - Elementary French
  • MATH 1A - Calculus
  • MCELLBI 63 - Intro to Functional Neuroanatomy
  • PSYCH N1 - General Psychology
  • L&S W1 - Exploring the Liberal Arts

View the full list of summer session courses.

Once students accept their offer of admission to the Pre-College Scholars Program, they will be required to complete an online Course Enrollment Request Form. Program staff will enroll students in the course(s) based on their selections. Students will be limited to course offerings based on the session selected in the application:

• If you selected Session C (8 weeks: June 24 – August 16, 2019), you may enroll in two Session C courses, or one Session D (6 weeks: July 8 – August 16, 2019), you will enroll in two Session D course.
• If you selected Session D (6 weeks: July 8 – August 16, 2019), you will enroll in two Session D courses.

Once students submit the Course Enrollment Request Form, they will no longer be able to change the session they plan to attend. All further changes to course schedules must be made by submitting a Student Record Change Form directly to summer staff at precollege@berkeley.edu.
 


 

Eight week - Session C (June 24 - Aug 16): $15,000
Six week - Session D (July 8 - Aug 16): $13,700

Pre-College Scholars Residential program fee includes tuition & fees, housing, meals, orientation, excursions & activities, health insurance, and on-site support.

Fees are subject to change.

For information on options available for paying charges on your student account visit our Student & Billing Services webpage.

Cancellation Deadline: April 1, 2019

All fees will be non-refundable should a student withdraw from the program after this deadline.

Withdrawal Process

To withdraw from the program, you must submit the Withdrawal Request Form via your pre-departure portal. This form must be completed by any student admitted to the program who seeks to cancel their participation.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a full refund (minus the cancellation fee) is Monday, April 1st. If you cancel or are dismissed from the program after April 1st, you are still responsible for the full program fee.

Refund:

Refund of Credit Card Payments

If your fees have been paid with a credit card, and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive a refund back to your credit card. Refunds from cancellations and withdrawals will be processed within 15 business days from the day of the cancellation/withdrawal.

Refund of Non-Credit Card Payments

If your fees have been paid with a method other than a credit card and you are eligible to receive a refund, you will receive an email notification within 15 days that the refund is available either via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or as a paper check that will be mailed to you.

Refund appeal

We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing Summer Sessions courses. If you need to drop or withdraw from the Pre-College Scholars program after the deadline, you may request an appeal to the refund policy.

Do not hesitate to contact us at precollege@berkeley.edu if you have any questions or concerns about the withdrawal or refund process.

 

 

In addition to taking Berkeley summer courses, Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program students will have the opportunity to participate in various extracurricular activities, workshops, and excursions. These activities are planned to help you meet other students in your program, make the most of your Berkeley learning experience, and prepare for your university studies. Dates, times, and events are subject to change.

Pre-College Activities

Academic enrichment and college exploration workshops are designed to help students prepare for the college admission process and beyond. Sample workshops include Choosing a Major, Academic Study Skills, SAT/ACT Preparation, and Intercultural Leadership.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore the exciting attractions the Bay Area has to offer and enjoy various extracurricular social activities organized by the staff. Sample activities and field trips may include a San Francisco walking tour, game night, a visit to an Oakland museum, movie night, hiking in Tilden Park, ice-cream social, a visit to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and an evening at an Oakland Athletics baseball game.

Pre-College Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all Berkeley Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential 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 program, be able to ask questions about past participants and learn what you can expect from your summer at Berkeley. A guided tour of campus will follow.

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Applications open: January 14, 2019
Application deadline: March 15, 2019

Apply to PreCollege Scholars Summer Residential Program

Your Application: What to Expect

  1. Online application. (Gather the following information before you begin.) 
    • Basic biographical (name, birthdate, 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):
    • 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 and living on-campus with other students this summer at UC Berkeley.
  3. Your most recent high school transcript (PDF copy), showing all high school work through Fall 2018. Report cards are not acceptable. Please be sure to include an official translation of the document if it is in a language other than English. Must also include information for at least one full academic year. 
  4. Upload a signed Release of Authorization for Emergency Treatment
  5. Upload a signed Code of Conduct form
  6. Upload a signed FERPA Consent form
  7. Upload a signed Indemnification Waiver
  8. Upload a signed Waiver of Liability form
  9. Upload a signed Storage and Administration of Medications Form
  10. Upload a signed 2019 Photo-Video Release Form
  11. Pay all tuition and fees. Tuition and fees must be paid in full within seven calendar days of admission to the program.

     

 

 

Admission Grades & Transcripts Classroom Diversity
Course Enrollment Visa Information Campus Safety
Waitlisted Courses Payment Insurance
Enrollment Changes Cancellation & Withdrawal Student Learning Center
CalCentral Account Refund UC Libraries
Attendance Cancellation Fees Recreational Sports
Course Syllabus ASUC Art Studio Materials Fee
Cal 1 Card Student Responsibilities Additional Links & Resources
Student Code of Conduct    

 

 

Admission

You will be notified of admission to the program via email. If you are admitted to the program, you will have 48 hours to accept in our student portal before your offer of admission expires.

Admission to the Pre-College Scholars: Summer Residential Program at Berkeley Summer Sessions is conditional on compliance with program eligibility requirements & University policies, and may be revoked at the discretion of the Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning in accordance with the Summer Sessions and program Code of Student Conduct. By checking the box at the end of the page, you also agree to the rules and program policies, regarding fees, refunds, enrollment changes, and student conduct, included but not limited to those listed in our Terms and Conditions.

If you have any questions, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Course Enrollment

When you accept your offer of admission, you will complete an online Course Enrollment Request Form. Program staff will enroll you in your course(s) based on your selections. You will be limited to course offerings based on the session you selected in this application:

  • If you selected Session C (8 weeks - June 24- August 16, 2019), you may enroll in two Session C courses, or one Session C course and one Session D course.
  • If you selected Session D (6 weeks - July 8 - August 16, 2019), you will enroll in two Session D courses.

Pre-College Scholars are not permitted to enroll in online courses or courses offered in Sessions A, B, and E.

Pre-College Scholars may enroll in courses that are numbered between 1 and 99 (undergraduate, lower division), as long as there is space available in the course, the course is available to high school students, and all course prerequisites have been met. Pre-College Scholars will not be permitted to enroll in upper division coursework under any circumstances.

Note: You MUST enroll in courses based on the session dates you selected:

Failure to enroll in the correct session courses may jeopardize your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential program.

 

Waitlisted Courses

All program participants must be enrolled in two courses and will not be enrolled in any course with a waitlist.

 

Enrollment Changes

All program participants must be enrolled in two courses. All program participants must consult with program staff regarding any enrollment changes (drop or add a new course).

 

CalCentral Account

After you accept your offer of admission, you will receive an email with instructions for setting up your CalNet ID and passphrase. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive the email within 48 hours of accepting your offer.

Once you create your CalNet ID and passphrase, you will be able to log in to the Cal Central system to pay your fees, and access information about UC Berkeley. As detailed above, Pre-College Scholars do not have access to course registration in the Cal Central system. All new and revised enrollment will be processed by program staff.

 

Attendance

Attendance is mandatory, and students will receive a letter grade in the course.

If a student becomes ill or misses class due to a personal emergency, they should be sure to notify their Resident Adviser (RA) immediately and request their assistance if medical attention is needed. Students should plan to present a note from their hospital or doctor to request an absence be excused due to illness. Students should also notify the instructor and ensure they read the course syllabus regarding the course policy on making up work or an exam. Students are responsible for making up any work missed due to an absence, whether it is excused or unexcused.

 

Course Syllabus

At the start of each class, students should receive a course syllabus that outlines the course content, objectives, policies, expectations, and any other information deemed important by the course instructor. Students should read through this document carefully and keep it as a reference for the duration of the course.

 

Textbooks, Supplies, and Course Materials Fee

Students will be responsible for purchasing their textbooks and other required supplies (e.g., scientific calculator). Textbooks are generally available at the UC Berkeley Campus Bookstore located at 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720. It is up to students to ensure they purchase the correct books, including the required editions, as assigned by the course instructor.

Some academic departments charge a Course Materials Fee for specific courses, such as those with science or computer labs, photography labs, art supplies, or similar costs. This fee is assessed by the academic department at a later time, directly to each student's account.

 

Cal 1 Card

The Cal 1 Card is UC Berkeley's official photo ID card and access card to many campus benefits. It functions as a key card to residence halls and campus buildings, as well as a meal card for many Cal Dining locations. It can also be used as a debit card to make purchases at a variety of on and off-campus vendors. For more information and to add funds to your Cal 1 Card debit account, students should visit the Cal 1 Card website.

 

Grades and Transcripts

Grades and Grading options are explained on our website here: http://summer.berkeley.edu/student-services/units-grades 

 

Visa Information

International students should be aware of all policies and requirements related to their visa for the program. 

 

Payment

All program fees must be paid in full in CalCentral within seven calendar days from when students confirm their admission to the program, or their admitted status will be removed.

Your Pre-College Scholars fee will be billed in your CalCentral account when you accept your offer of admission.

Please note: For information on options available for paying charges on your student account visit our Student and Billing Services webpage here.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive email notification of a change in your application status. When you log in to the application system, you should see your offer of admission to the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program. You are required to confirm your admission to the program within 48 hours of the notification being sent to you, including submission of the Course Enrollment Request Form. You will be enrolled in courses based on this form as long as there are no scheduling conflicts, and the courses are available. Please note your course selections may take some time to process, and the Course Enrollment Request Form will be the only time you can make a change to your selected session (C or D).

Once you confirm your admission, you will have seven calendar days to pay all program fees in full.

Cancellation Deadline: April 1, 2019

All fees will be non-refundable should a student withdraw from the program after this deadline.

For more information on payment visit our Student and Billing Services webpage.

 

Cancellation and Withdrawal

To cancel your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential program,please review our withdrawal process listed under the Fees tab. We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from attending or completing Summer Sessions courses. If you need to drop or withdraw from the Pre-College Scholars program after the deadline, you may request an appeal to the refund policy by emailing precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Refund

The deadline by which to cancel your participation in the Pre-College Scholars Residential Program is April 1, 2019. If you cancel by this deadline, you will receive a full refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee.

There is no refund if the deadline has passed. Some fees or portion of fees are non-refundable regardless of deadlines.

If you have further questions regarding refunds, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Cancellation Fees

Cancellation means you are dropping all courses and canceling your participation from the program. The non-refundable cancellation fee is $100.

For international students, the International Service Fee becomes non-refundable if a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) has been issued at the time of cancellation.

If you have further questions regarding cancellation fees, please contact precollege@berkeley.edu.

 

Student Responsibilities

All students are considered "UC Berkeley" students duration of the Pre-College Scholars program and responsible for adhering to the Berkeley Student Code of Conduct.

Students are also expected to attend all parts of the program, including enrolled classes and program-related events.

Overnight Guests – Overnight guests and visitors are not allowed. Only students enrolled in the Pre-College Scholars program and assigned to the dorm are permitted housing access.

Drugs & Alcohol – The use of drugs or alcohol while attending the program will not be tolerated. Students in violation of this policy are subject to immediate dismissal from the program. Smoking & Vaping – UC Berkeley is a smoke-free campus. Students found in violation of this policy and subject to program dismissal.

 

Code of Conduct

Students are responsible for adhering to the Pre-College Scholars Code of Conduct, as well as the general Code of Conduct established for students living on campus.

 

Classroom Diversity

Studying at UC Berkeley is an opportunity for students to meet new people, be exposed to different cultures, and enjoy a global experience. We hope that when students come to Berkeley, they will spend the summer outside of the comfort of their first language and culture. We strongly advise that students select from the wide range of course offerings and take classes that are different from those they would normally take back home. This is the best way to have an authentic Berkeley experience while enhancing their cultural and academic learning opportunities.

 

Campus Safety

Berkeley offers comprehensive free night safety services: BearWalk Escort (trained student employees of UCPD, uniformed and radio-equipped), night shuttle buses, and door-to-door service. BearWalk provides a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation or parking facilities during evening hours. All services are free and available to all.

 

Insurance

All students will automatically be enrolled in the program student health insurance plan.

 

Student Learning Center

The Student Learning Center (SLC) is a community of 18 professional staff with disciplinary expertise, 300 trained undergraduate peer tutors, and 20 Graduate Student Instructors. The SLC is dedicated to fostering academic excellence and is driven by the philosophy that students working with students promote academic and personal success. Summer services include study groups and drop-in tutoring in math, science, and statistics; tutoring and coaching in writing, and a study lounge.

 

UC Berkeley Libraries

Listed among the top 10 libraries in the US by the American Library Association, Berkeley's library system includes over 30 libraries on campus, offers more than 11 million volumes (including books, microforms, maps, newspapers), and a wide variety of tools to help students complement their classroom education. Students looking for a quiet place to study will find that the libraries are an ideal environment.

 

Computer Centers

The general access computer facilities provide convenient and secure on-campus computing facilities for students. Staff provides up-to-date and relevant software and hardware coupled with outstanding customer service and technical support.

Two microcomputer facilities are available to Summer Session students for general access. The Wheeler Microcomputer Facility, located at 211 Wheeler Hall, has 35 computers and the Evans Microcomputer Facility, located in the basement of Evans Hall, has 60 computers. Both facilities support standard application software and are connected to the campus network and the internet. Open hours are listed on the Workstation & Microcomputer Facilities website.

 

Recreational Sports

Cal Recreational Sports is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, wellness, fitness, personal skills and quality of life for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Rec Sports provides facilities, programs, activities and the opportunity for cooperative and competitive play. The Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) on campus is the University's largest, most complete fitness center with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three weight rooms, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball courts, six squash courts, treadmills, elliptical trainers, stairmasters, rowing machines, and stationary bikes. Please note that Pre College Scholars students may be charged a nominal fee for access.

 

ASUC Art Studio

The ASUC Art Studio provides affordable quality art instruction for students, as well as the larger Berkeley community. The space offers classes in ceramics, design, painting, drawing, and photography. Note: Classes are not for academic credit, and PreCollege Scholars may be charged a nominal fee for use.

 
 

Additional Links and Resources

University Library
Tang Center and University Health Services
Student Learning Center
Berkeley International Office
Residential Student Services Program
bCourses
DSP
Parking & Transportation
Undergraduate Admissions
Student Code of Conduct (PDF)