Cal Summer Experience

For university-bound students

You’re invited to the Cal Summer Experience, a two-day residential program on the UC Berkeley campus for university-bound high school and community college students. 

The program is offered at no cost; however, all of our students are expected to provide their own transportation to the Berkeley campus and back.

We offer two distinct programs: one for high school students and one for community college students. 

What CSE Does

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
What You’ll Do

Activities include:

  • faculty lectures
  • a UC Personal Statement writing workshop
  • test preparation, major selection, transcript evaluation and other related advising
  • a panel of current Cal students

CSE Selection Criteria

High School Program: Applicants must attend a high school in the United States and have completed at least 30 semester A-G courses by the end of Spring 2013. Applicants must also have an unweighted GPA of 3.5

Community College Session: Applicants must attend a California Community College and have a completed at least 30 semester transferrable units by the end of Spring, 2013.  Applicants must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4.  (Students currently in high school who are concurrently enrolled in community college are advised to apply to the Cal Summer Experience for High School students.)

How to Apply

Information regarding the 2014 Cal Summer Experience (CSE) is currently not available as we are restructuring the program. More information will become available in mid-April. In the meantime, please feel free to check out some other great summer programs. Thank you for your patience.


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