The Best Summer of My Life
Anderson Classroom


Los Angeles, California

Get InfoApply NowSpecial courses in Business, Sports, Screenwriting, Acting, and Leadership2, 3, or 5 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $2,899 - $9,599For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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  • 5 Weeks6/30 - 8/3Pre-College$9,599
  • 5 Weeks7/1 - 8/2Pre-College (Commuter Option)$5,699
  • 3 Weeks6/30 - 7/19Pre-College$7,299
  • 3 Weeks7/1 - 7/18Pre-College (Commuter Option)$3,199
  • 2 Weeks Session #16/30 - 7/12Pre-College$5,299
  • 2 Weeks Session #17/1 - 7/11Pre-College (Commuter Option)$2,899
  • 2 Weeks Session #27/22 - 8/3Pre-College$5,299
  • 2 Weeks Session #27/23 - 8/2Pre-College (Commuter Option)$2,899

Tuition includes: Term fees, academic enrichment program, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, use of facilities, housing in UCLA Residence Hall, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 on weekends), use of UCLA Athletic and recreation facilities, activities, blanket and pillow, and sheets and towel.

Not included: Application fee, $95 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (Available for $75 each way), course materials and supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs, and personal spending money.

Commuter tuition includes: Term fees, comprehensive welcome orientation and ice-breakers, academic program Monday-Thursday (some Fridays) with morning and afternoon courses and optional on-campus afternoon activities including college admissions workshops and weekly evening UCLA college admissions seminar. Note: Commuter program is limited to local students who live full-time in the Los Angeles area and students are not permitted to attend other evening or off-campus activities and excursions.

Why you'll love our Summer Discovery at UCLA Program

The sun. The surf. The sky. The beach. The sand. The waves. Yes, it sounds like we’re describing the perfect vacation – but a picturesque setting can also be a great place to learn. A relaxing atmosphere and beautiful backdrop are perfect conditions for studying and keeping your focus.

Summer Discovery at UCLA helps you prepare for your transition from high school to college. Our pre-college program combines academics, athletics, and activities to give high school students a great introduction to college life.

During our 33 year partnership with UCLA, UCLA Anderson, UCLA Extension, and UCLA Recreation, we have provided incredible summer experiences for over 15,000 high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. This summer, join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

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Pre-college enrichment programs for high school students

Why Summer Discovery at UCLA?

  • Experience An unprecedented 33 years running pre-college programs at UCLA
  • True Collaborative Partnership We work directly with several UCLA departments including UCLA Extension, UCLA Anderson School of Management, UCLA American Language Center, and UCLA Recreation to deliver a superior program 
  • Academics & Courses Pick from 100+ courses and unique specialty programs including our intensive Academies in Business, Leadership, Fashion, Screenwriting, College Admissions & SAT Prep, Computer Programming, and Acting
  • Safety & Security 60+ staff on campus dedicated to the health, safety, educational integrity, and social needs of our students
  • Dedicated Housing Live in Hedrick Summit Suites, one of the premier, air conditioned residence halls on campus. And it’s reserved ONLY for Summer Discovery students!
  • Activities Every day and every night, pick from several afternoon or evening activities after class including: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Beach, hiking to the Hollywood sign, college visits, Sky Zone, movie world premieres, and more
  • Explore Los Angeles See and experience all that LA has to offer including Disneyland, Universal Studios, a LA Dodgers game, Smorgasburg outdoor food and flea market, and more. Walk to Westwood after class or take the UCLA Westwood Shuttle bus (operated by UCLA exclusively for Summer Discovery students)
  • Sports Enjoy access to world-class athletic and recreational facilities on campus including the John Wooden Center, Sunset Recreation Pool and the Hitch basketball courts; or take an optional sports program after classes including surfing, tennis, and basketball, as well as the hottest fitness craze - SoulCycle.

Enjoy the benefits of College Prep - included in your tuition

We are partnered with UCLA and Collegewise, the highest regarded worldwide college counseling experts, to offer our students the following benefits:

College Admissions Night  Insight from UCLA Admissions staff and Collegewise counselors about the college admissions process.

College Life 101 Panel Discussion  Advice and tips from current university students about their transition from high school to college life. Plus, learn from UCLA Campus Life about opportunities to get involved in university clubs, athletics, and Greek life.

College Admissions Workshops  Small group sessions are hosted by Collegewise several times a week. Topics include writing great college essays, finding your dream school, and tips and tricks for admission for highly selected universities. Attend the workshops that interest you.

A day in the life

There’s a lot going on at UCLA. Dive in head first and get the full experience of what a day in the life of a UCLA student is like.

  • 8.30am Roll out of bed and head to Rieber dining hall where you can enjoy a bagel, eggs, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your surfboard) and don’t be late for class.
  • 11.30am What’s one great thing about college? Long lunch breaks. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, catch up on homework, or workout at the gym.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Many classes take field trips around LA to movie studios, local businesses, and sports stadiums.
  • 3.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from Santa Monica Beach, sports, shopping in Beverly Hills, museums and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at Hedrick dining hall. UCLA has some of the best food of any college campus.
  • 8.00pm Movie premieres. Comedy shows. Major league baseball and soccer games. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends in LA.
  • 11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play ping pong in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

Arrival and Departure Days

You must arrive and depart on the specified arrival and departure days only. If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program.

5 week session: Arrive June 30, depart August 3
3 week session: Arrive June 30, depart July 19
2 week session #1: Arrive June 30, depart July 12
2 week session #2: Arrive July 22, depart August 3

Booking Travel

Our travel agency, Musiker Travel, makes all flight arrangements for students from North America upon request. If you live outside of North America, you will receive instructions for making your own flight arrangements. Students who are being driven to campus will receive directions in the spring. 

Airport Transfers

Summer Discovery provides escorted transfers from/to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for $75 each way.  We will meet you at either the baggage claim area or outside customs for international flights to assist with your arrival. For departures, our staff will assist you with check-in and accompany you to security.  

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