UC San Diego Academic Connections

    UC San Diego Academic Connections


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Marine Biology, STEM, Writing, Design, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Coding, Arts
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Call: (858) 534-0804
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    UC San Diego Academic Connections provides a pre-college summer experience that is academically enriching to a diverse population of high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego – a top five, internationally ranked public institution.

    Academic Connections encourages young people to engage with the future by exposing them to some of the most exciting fields of research and study. Participants will work with committed and enthusiastic graduate students to examine the world around them as inquisitive academic scholars. 

    Courses are selected to represent some of the most exciting fields of research and study UC San Diego has to offer in the physical and social sciences, engineering, and arts and humanities. All courses are challenging and place emphasis on active learning and putting knowledge to use in independent and creative ways. Each student that completes the program can earn six units of UC San Diego Extension Pre-College credit. 

    Experience has proven the most productive classrooms are characterized by:

    ~ Selecting motivated students
    ~ Encouraging active student participation
    ~ Setting high expectations for student performance
    ~ Ensuring low student/instructor ratios
    ~ Hiring faculty who are well versed in their fields
    ~ Allowing flexible instruction

    As you consider each of the courses, ask yourself these three questions:

    Am I eligible (prepared) to take this course? Does this course fit into my academic interest? Have I fulfilled the prerequisite for the course?


    Register for Summer 2022 Now! Offering both in-person and online courses.

    Online Courses: July 5 - July 29, 2022

    ~ Animating Narratives: Disney, Documentaries, & Designing College Personal Statements

    ~ Disease Detectives: An Introduction to Epidemiology

    ~ Introduction to 2D Art: Making Art with Drawing, Painting, and More!

    ~ Introduction to Biophysics

    ~ Introduction to Cognitive Science

    ~ Introduction to Human Emotion: An Emotional Approach to Critical Thinking and Critical Writing

    ~ Introduction to Python Programming

    ~ Language and Identity for Bilingual Writers

    ~ Python Advanced Topics

    ~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Climate Change and the Ocean

    ~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Biology

    ~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Invertebrates


    Commuter Courses: July 11 - July 29, 2022

    ~ Computers and COVID: An Introduction to Programming and Computational Biology

    ~ History of American Popular Music

    ~ Intersectional Identities and the Sociological Imagination

    ~ Media Matters: Stereotypes and Social Change in Popular Media

    ~ Music, Life, and Knowledge


    Gifted high school students from around the world choose UC San Diego Pre-College programs to prepare for success and experience college-level academics. 

    Academic Connections provides an opportunity for high school students with a 3.3 (or above) weighted cumulative GPA to get a jump start on the college experience. We invite students to explore the best UC San Diego has to offer. Academic Connections instructors are typically UC San Diego doctoral students who design and instruct the course. This engaging combination brings freshness and excitement to the classes.

    Cost and Session Information

    Academic Connections 2022 - Offering Both In-Person and Online Courses

    2022 Online Courses: July 5 - July 29, 2022

    Fees for Online Courses:

    • $1,500 - online course tuition
    • $1,700 - online course tuition + online SAT prep course

    Online Course Registration Deadline is June 24, 2022.


    2022 Commuter Courses: July 11 - July 29, 2022

    Fees for Commuter Courses:

    • $3,000 - commuter course tuition
    • $4,200 - commuter course tuition + online SAT prep course

    Commuter Course Registration Deadline is May 27, 2022