UC Santa Barbara allows students to choose from five exciting programs which are designed for different kinds of students: the Early Start Program (ESP), Academic & Enrichment Program (1+1), Enrichment Program, Research Mentorship Program (RMP) and the Local High School Student Program. These programs give high school students the unique opportunity to take regular UC Santa Barbara courses. We offer over 100 courses to choose from in 40 academic departments. Although the programs are fairly similar, there are a few differences that are tailored to students who have different goals for the summer. You will find the differences listed below.
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- Early Start Program (Session A) - ESP students enroll in two UC Santa Barbara courses and live in a residence hall for six-weeks. High school students who are looking to increase their competitiveness when applying to UC’s or other top universities in the nation should enroll in this program. By taking two academic courses, ESP provides students the opportunity to explore some of the university’s different disciplines and gain valuable college experience.
- Academic & Enrichment Program (Session A) - The Academic & Enrichment Program (1+1) allows students to enroll in one UC Santa Barbara academic course and one non-credit, skills based enrichment course. This residential program is ideal for students who would like to experience the rigor of a university curriculum while being able to focus solely on one course, the opportunity to apply practical skills to theoretical frameworks of university disciplines, or to supplement their one academic course with non-credit courses that teach practical skills not normally taught at UC Santa Barbara for university credit.
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- Enrichment Program (Session A) - This program allows residential students to enroll in 2 UCSB non-credit courses. Students who enroll in this option will enjoy the benefit of choosing courses from a wide variety of subjects intended for personal growth.
- Research Mentorship Program (Session A) - The Research Mentorship Program (RMP) at UCSB Summer Sessions was established in 1995 and has since serviced highly motivated high school students who are ready to engage in true, cutting edge research. RMP students study recently published papers and participate in genuine investigations alongside UCSB faculty members and advanced graduate students. During six fun, intense weeks, students learn how to perform research in laboratories, library and/or field sites, use research techniques, collect and analyze data, write a research paper, and present their findings in a formal research symposium. This program is also open to both residential and commuter students.
- Local High School Students— High school students can enroll in UC Santa Barbara summer courses for six weeks. High school students who are looking to increase their competitiveness when applying to UC’s or other top universities in the nation should enroll in this program. By taking academic courses, this program provides students the opportunity to explore some of the university’s different disciplines and gain valuable college experience.