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Get InfoApply NowSpecial classes in Business, Sports, Screenwriting, Acting, and Leadership2, 3, 5 or 6 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $2,699 - $11,099For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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  • 6 Weeks6/24 - 8/4Pre-College Program$10,299
  • 5 Weeks6/24 - 7/28Pre-College Program$8,799
  • 3 Weeks Session #16/24 - 7/13Pre-College Program$6,999
  • 3 Weeks Session #16/25 - 7/12Commuter Student (Acting Curriculum Only)$3,599
  • 3 Weeks Session #27/16 - 8/4Pre-College Program$6,999
  • 2 Weeks7/16 - 7/28Pre-College Program$4,999
  • 2 Weeks7/17 - 7/27Commuter Student (Acting Curriculum Only)$2,699

6 week session open to students completing grades 10, 11 & 12.

2, 3, and 5 week sessions open to students completing grades 9, 10, 11 & 12.

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 meals on weekends), use of UCLA Athletic and recreation facilities, activities, blanket and pillow, and sheets and towel with weekly linen exchange.

Not included: Application fee, $70 student ID/technology fee, airfare, airport transfers (Available for $75 each way), class materials, course supplements, $50 document fee for unlimited official UCLA transcripts (6 week program only), meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, laundry, souvenirs, and personal spending money.

Why you'll love our UCLA Summer 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.

At Summer Discovery UCLA, we help 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 32-year partnership with UCLA Summer Sessions, 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 47 states and over 80 countries. This summer, join us – and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

Why UCLA with Summer Discovery?

  • Experience - An unprecedented 31 years running pre-college programs at UCLA
  • True Collaborative Partnership - We work directly with several UCLA departments including UCLA Summer Sessions, 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:

  1. College Admissions Night - Insight from UCLA Admissions staff and Collegewise counselors about the college admissions process.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 beaches, sports, shopping, 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. Concerts. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends in LA.
  • 11.00pm Order 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.

Residential STudents

6-week session: Arrive June 24, depart August 4
5-week session: Arrive June 24, depart July 28
3-week #1 session: Arrive June 24, depart July 13
3-week #2 session: Arrive July 16, depart August 4
2-week session: Arrive July 16, depart July 28

Commuter Students

3-week #1 session: Arrive June 25, depart July 12
3-week #2 session: Arrive July 17 , depart August 3
2-week program: Arrive July 17, depart July 27

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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