Overview

UC San Diego Academic Connections provides a pre-college summer online 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.

The program 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. 

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

Summer 2021 Online Courses: Early Bird discount of $100 Off with code ERLY100AC (Ends January 31, 2021)

~ A History of Resistance in Music

~ All that Glitters: The Sociology of Fashion

~ Among Us: Politics of Representation in the United States 

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

~ Critical Thinking

~ Disease Detectives: An Introduction to Epidemiology

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

~ Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

~ Introduction to Modern World History

~ Introduction to Python Programming

~ Language and Identity for Bilingual Writers

~ Media Matters: Stereotypes and Social Change in Popular Media

~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Climate Change and the Ocean

~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Biology

~ Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Marine Invertebrates

~ Sounds of Resistance: The Future is Now!

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 2021: July 5 - July 30, 2021

2021 Online Courses Open For Registration on 12/16/20.

Early Bird Discount: $100 off with code ERLY100AC (Ends January 31, 2021)

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

Registration deadline for Academic Connections 2021 online courses is June 28, 2021.

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