Berkeley Summer Experience

Enhancing preparation for prospective students who want to apply to and attend UC Berkeley.

The Berkeley Summer Experience, formerly known as the Cal Summer Experience and hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, gives selected prospective students an opportunity to learn more about Berkeley admissions, financial aid, housing, and other aspects of student life at UC Berkeley.

During the program, students will learn how to present a strong application for admission, get one-on-one support on their personal statements with an experienced admissions officer, and learn of the many resources and activities offered at one of the world's leading universities. Our goals are to:

  • enhance your academic preparation for the university
  • introduce you to support services
  • provide information on housing and financial aid
  • help you prepare for the college application process
  • smooth your transition to the university

2015 Schedule*

High-school rising juniors or seniors (who are applying to UC Berkeley in Nov. 2015 or Nov. 2016 as freshmen) Los Angeles June 6
Sacramento June 27
Community college students (who are applying to UC Berkeley in Nov. 2015 or Nov. 2016 as transfers) UC Bekeley campus June 19-21

*The 2016 schedule will be released in March 2016. 

Eligibility & Selection

Eligibility criteria for this program are as follows:

For the High-School Program

Applicants must:

  • attend a high school in California 
  • have an unweighted GPA of 3.5
  • be a junior or senior in high school in Fall 2015

For the Community-College Session

Applicants must: 

  • attend a California Community College
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • have completed at least 30 semester transferrable units by the end of spring prior to session

(Students currently in high school who are concurrently enrolled in community college are to be nominated to the Los Angeles or Sacramento portions of the Berkeley Summer Experience.)

In 2014, Admissions started a nomination process to help select quality students to the Berkeley Summer Experience. For prospective freshmen, we work with community-based organizations, college access networks, and early access programs to nominate strong students. For prospective transfer students, we team up with the community colleges' special programs (such as Puente, Umoja, EOPS, First Year Experience, etc.) to nominate strong students working toward transferring to Berkeley.

Due to the high volume of interest, there is no open application process at this time. Students must be nominated by a program coordinator to participate. If space becomes available, an open application may be used; however, we will select our students primarily from nominations from our partners.

A note for community-college counselors or community-based organization leaders:

We work with a group of organizations to recruit nominations for this program; however, space may be available to accept more nominations. If you are a program coordinator in a community college or community-based organization who is not already in contact with us, please contact the Berkeley Summer Experience program coordinator to inquire about available space.