UC San Diego Academic Connections is providing a pre-college summer online experience that is academically and socially enriching to a diverse population of high-achieving, college-bound high school students motivated to explore the offerings of UC San Diego. 

UC San Diego Academic Connections is committed to providing a pre-college summer online experience that is academically and socially 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. The program aims to help young people 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 instructors to examine the world around them as inquisitive academic scholars. 

Academic Connections courses are selected to represent some of the most exciting fields of research UCSD 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. 

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

Students are encouraged to carefully review the complete course description section prior to selecting the one course they will study for the three-week session. Some courses have prerequisites. It's the student's responsibility to meet the prerequisite requirement.

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?

Each student that completes the program will be given a Certificate of Participation and can earn six units of UCSD Extension credit. An unofficial transcript will be available to each student at the end of the program on-line through their MyExtension account and official transcripts available to send for college applications for an additional fee. Although some colleges will accept appropriate UCSD Extension pre-college credits, the decision to accept the transfer of credits rests solely with the college you attend.

Online Courses: 

~ "All's Well that Ends Well": Disney, Documentaries, and Deciphering Personal Statements
~ All that Glitters: The Sociology of Fashion
~America's Migrants: A History of Immigration from the Melting Pot to Multiculturalism
~Appropriate or Appropriation?: Politics of Representation and American (In)Authenticities
~Critical Thinking
Disease Detectives : An Introduction to Epidemiology
~Experiments in Music Composition and Theory
~Hands-On Computing for Cognitive Science
~Introduction to 2D Art: Developing a portfolio with drawing, painting, and more!
~Introduction to Bioinformatics
~Introduction to Cognitive Science
~Introduction to Fluid Mechanics in Engineering
~Introduction to Human Emotion: An Emotional Approach to Critical Thinking and Critical Writing
~Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
~Introduction to Python Programming
~Language and Identity for Bilingual Writers
~Media Matters: Stereotypes and Social Change in Popular Media
~Neuroscience: From Brain to Behaviors
~Poetry of  Love and Loss
~Programming For Future Scientists and Engineers
~Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Climate Change and the Ocean
~Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Coastal Science and Conservation
~Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Biology
~Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Invertebrates
~The Story of Medicine: Writing the Health Sciences and Healing Arts


Gifted high school students from around the world choose UCSD 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 UCSD has to offer. Students choose one of approximately 25, three-week courses offered. Classes meet five hours a day, with a maximum of 25 students per class, to ensure quality interaction with instructors and instructional assistants. Academic Connections instructors are typically UCSD doctoral students who design and instruct the course. This engaging combination brings freshness and excitement to the classes.

A large part of the college experience for students is living on campus in the residence hall, which enables them to see first hand what it is like living on a college campus. As a residential student, the student has many opportunities to participate in activities in the afternoon, early evening and weekends. These activities include sports, arts and crafts, music, dances, talent shows and more.

Participants are enabled to take advantage of the resources the beautiful UCSD campus has to offer. The resident halls are staffed with an experienced and trained Resident Dean, Assistant Resident Dean, office staff and residential assistants who provide supervision 24 hours per day, 7 days a week


Cost and Session Information

Online Courses Now Open For Registration.
Course Dates: July 6 - July 31, 2020
Registration deadline for Academic Connections Online Courses:  June 29, 2020

Fees for Academic Connections:
$1,500 - online course tuition
$1,700 - online course tuition + online SAT prep course

Phone: (858) 534-0804 | Fax: (858) 534-7385


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