Join us for the 2024 Berkeley Summer Experience.

Berkeley Summer Experience is a series of comprehensive application workshops and information sessions intended to introduce prospective students to the UC application and admissions process, as well as the UC Berkeley undergraduate experience. During the program, students will learn how to present a strong application for UC admission, meet current students and/or alumni, and learn of the many resources and activities offered at one of the world’s leading universities. Participants of Berkeley Summer Experience receive support that does not end after the program. Our admissions staff continue to support students through the application cycle to prepare students with their applications.

Goal of the program

Berkeley Summer Experience is built to serve first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented students. We offer strategies for crafting a competitive UC Application, while introducing them to resources designed to help students succeed on the UC Berkeley campus. While the resources we’ll connect you with at BSE are Berkeley-specific, similar programs exist throughout the UC system.

2024 program details

This year, Berkeley Summer Experience will take place on campus July 26 – 28, 2024.

  • The program is free of charge for students who are selected
  • Participants will be staying in the residence halls and will be expected to stay the duration of the program
  • Meals will be provided
  • If you needs support with transportation please let us know*

Eligibility and selection criteria

Eligibility criteria for this program are as follows:

High school students:

  • attend a high school in California
  • have an unweighted GPA of at least a 3.5
  • be a senior in high school in fall 2024

Community college students:

  • attend a California Community College
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • have completed at least 30 semester transferable units by the end of spring prior to session


April 24 Application opens
May 24 Deadline to apply
June 28 Students notified
July 26-28 Berkeley Summer Experience
October Participant feedback on Personal Insight Questions from admissions staff


If you have any questions about the program, please contact us at: