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We Can't Wait to Meet You!

UC Davis Pre-College Programs Application

girl with a backpack holding a notebookYou're going to have a great time (and if you're a parent, you'll enjoy the two-week break knowing that your teenager is having a great time).

To apply, please complete the application form and submit the following materials electronically through our online application system. Your application fee is due along with your completed application and materials.

Your supplemental materials will include:

High School Transcripts

Please upload your most current transcript with your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If you would like to submit multiple transcripts, combine all transcripts into a single file for upload with your most recent transcript on the first page.

Short Answer Questions

Please respond to the following short-answer questions in a single document. Your responses should be limited to approximately 250 words each. We know that's short but don't worry—your Personal Statement will provide another opportunity for us to get to know you.

Question 1:
Tell us about why you selected the UC Davis Pre-College program area that you chose. How does it match up with any previous experience or future goals? What do you hope to get out of your participation in the program?

Question 2:

Tell us about one or two of the interests and activities that are most important to you. What motivates you to pursue them? How much time do you devote to them? How have they made a difference in your life?

Personal Statement

The personal statement is your way of introducing yourself to us. We'd love to know who you are (beyond your transcripts) and why you want to be part of the UC Davis Pre-College Program. No need for a novel—two pages is fine. (Limit: 1200 words)

Letters of Recommendation

You'll need two letters of recommendation. One must be from one of your current or recent high school teachers. The other can be from another teacher, a school guidance counselor or other adult who knows you well in a professional or academic capacity.

We'll need letters of recommendation sent from your recommenders listed in your online application by the registration deadline.

Letters must be sent directly from your recommenders in one of the following ways:

Hard Copy:
UC Davis Pre-College Program
1333 Research Park Drive
Davis, CA 95618

Digital Copy: Email to; please include student's first and last name and "Letter of Recommendation" in the subject line.

It is your responsibility to request your letters of recommendation and ensure that they are submitted by the registration deadline. Please provide your recommenders with the submission information above.

Optional Materials

Feel free to submit test scores, academic writing samples, or other materials that you think will help give us a clearer picture of who you are as a person and as a student. (Limit of 3 optional uploads)

Your application will not be reviewed until all required materials are received. Your application fee must be paid in order to complete submission.

Once your application is complete, it generally takes about 10 business days for an admissions decision to be made.

We look forward to learning more about you!