University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education



About Summer Sessions


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Summer Sessions

Officially UCR’s first quarter, Summer Sessions offers open enrollment to all students interested in attending regular UCR classes. Each summer, over 450 primary courses are hosted, serving over 6,500 students. Many of the offered classes are impacted in the fall, winter, and spring quarters—creating an opportunity for students to take high-demand classes early. Summer Sessions has also worked to identify majors with lengthy and complex graduation requirements, strategically offering summer coursework critical to four-year graduation rates. Through our Special Programs, Summer Sessions offers short-term, 5-week education abroad experiences through the Summer Study Abroad program, as well as opportunities for secondary-school students to sample the college experience through the Summer Academy program and the Summer Art Academy.

Special Programs

  • Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students

    For nearly two decades the Summer Academy for Advanced High School Students program has opened the UC Riverside campus to over 3,000 high school students. Students are given the opportunity to take college-level courses at a distinguished research institution and experience university life. The UCR Summer Academy offers a valuable opportunity for high school students to get a head start and begin earning credit on an official UC transcript and to distinguish their college applications. The Summer Academy program may be attended by eligible high school students who have completed the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and have obtained an endorsement from a teacher or counselor.

  • Summer Art Academy

    During the summer, the Department of Art offers a wide range of traditional and contemporary art practices. Students are encouraged to explore and develop their individual talents and skills within the department’s exciting opportunities, such as the recently redesigned sculpture courses using digital technology to create art through a CNC robotic 5-axis router table capable of cutting parts out of wood or Styrofoam according to drawings made in a computer.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
1100 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745

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