Coronavirus Update

Currently we are prepared to offer our summer program as planned and continue to accept applications. We are closely following main campus directives and will communicate any changes as they arise.

Pre-College FAQ

  • Do you offer any scholarships or financial aid? 
  • We do not currently offer any form of scholarship or financial aid.
  • Is an incoming high school freshman eligible to apply? 
  • Yes (incoming freshmen to graduating seniors) are eligible to apply for the Pre-College Program.
  • How do I apply? 
  • In order to apply for the Pre-College Program, you must complete an application form and submit the following materials: high school transcripts, short answer responses and a personal statement. Your application and supplemental materials must be received by the application deadline. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see our website for more details on how to apply, fees and deadlines.
  • While I'm in the Program, can I explore the campus or Bodega Bay on my own? 
  • Minors must be accompanied by program staff at all times while on University property, in accordance with University Policy. The Bodega Marine Lab is located on a reserve, so the rules for use are regulated more strictly.
  • I am interested in a program you previously offered that is not listed on your current website. Will you be offering that program this year? 
  • Programs are decided each year based on staff and department availability, so we cannot guarantee that all program offerings will be available each year. All confirmed programs for 2020 are displayed on our website. (See
  • Can international students participate in the Pre-College Program? 
  • The UC Davis Pre-College Program provides an extraordinary cultural and academic opportunity for international students. Because our pre-college program is academically rigorous, participation requires a very high level of English proficiency. In addition to the standard application requirements, international students are also asked to submit language proficiency exam scores, such as TOEFL or IELTS. Once admitted into the UC Davis Pre-College Program, students will be required to submit additional materials for registration, including:

    I-20 Request Form: UC Davis assists non-U.S. citizens in obtaining F-1 student visa status. (You may not attend the UC Davis Pre-College Programs in tourist visa status.) An I-20 request form is the necessary first step for obtaining F-1 visa status. Please note that there may be fees related to your I-20 and visa processing that are not paid to UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and that are not included in the program costs listed on our website.

    Certification of Finances: According to U.S. federal regulations, we must obtain certification that students have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while in the program.

    Health Insurance: Students will need to provide proof of health insurance coverage or will have the option of purchasing coverage through UC Davis Extension, at a cost of approximately $200.

    International students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure time for visa processing. Later applications will be accepted but because visa processing time varies, the UC Davis Pre-College Program cannot be responsible for guaranteeing completion before the program start date.

    Admitted students will receive additional information, the required forms, and submission instructions along with their notice of acceptance into the UC Davis Pre-College Program.
  • Can I drive myself to the Program? 
  • Yes, but you will need to pay for a monthly permit from TAPS. “C” permits cost $55 (compare to daily parking rate of $9 without permit). Please note that you will still be expected to travel by bus/on foot/by bicycle with other students during scheduled program activities.