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Gain the knowledge you need to make the most out of your major.

Summer Pathways aims to redefine what a single UCLA major can do for you by providing early intervention of thoughtful major selection and exposure to the different ways a major can advance your personal and professional development. Whether you are a new Fall admit or a rising sophomore, you will have the opportunity to connect with other students and immerse yourself in an area of interest while satisfying general GE requirements and/or major prep. Summer Pathways offers a Social Science Pathway and a Life Science Pathway. Students may select a pathway that aligns with their current major (if available) or a pathway that will introduce them to a new area of interest.

At the end of the program, students will:

  • Have the knowledge and tools to confidently identify their major of interest
  • Be able to think critically and engage in major courses
  • Have gained knowledge regarding major trajectories and applicable skills
  • Have satisfied general GE requirements or major prep that will assist with degree completion
  • Have adjusted to university life and gained knowledge of campus resources
  • Have gained a stronger sense of self and formed community of support with their cohort of pathway students

Have questions? Attend one of our webinar dates to learn more.

Informational Webinar: Thursday March 28, 2024 5:00pm.  To RSVP, click here.
Informational Webinar: Thursday April 18, 2024 5:00pm. To RSVP, click here

More information coming soon.

Important Dates & Deadlines

It is a student‘s responsibility to be mindful of summer deadlines when registering for Summer Pathways. Please carefully review each section below regarding fee dates and deadlines.

Fees and Payment Deadlines

Program Fee: $400.00

In order to reserve a spot in the program, students must submit payment of the $400.00 program fee. Please note the program fee does NOT cover the full cost of attendance. Student are also liable for course fees and housing fees (if applicable). 

Payment Deadline for Program Fee: July 01, 2024 (5:00PM PST)

Please submit payment of the program fee by July 01, 2024 5:00PM PST. Submitting the program fee confirms your participation in the program.

 

Course Fees: Amount Varies

Course fees are calculated based on student type and the number of units you enroll in. UCLA undergraduate students are charged $279 per unit, along with additional campus based referenda fees. There are NO additional out-of-state domestic student fees during the summer (international students may incur additional fees i.e. health insurance).

After enrollment, you will immediately have access to your current balance on your BruinBill account, the university’s billing system, via MyUCLA under the “Finances and Jobs” tab. Please note, changes in your Study List may increase your charges, therefore you should view your BruinBill after every enrollment transaction.

Payment Deadline for Course Fees:  June 21, 2024 (5:00PM PST)

Starting June 21, payment is due immediately to avoid drops for non-payment or financial holds. For a fee overview and estimate, you may view our Fees page.

 

 

 

Housing Fee: $2,747.00

The housing fee will be automatically assessed when you register for Summer Pathways. If you would like to opt out of housing, please email pathways@summer.ucla.edu.

Payment Deadline for Housing Fee: July 01, 2024 (5:00PM PST)

Please submit payment of the housing fee by July 01, 2024 5:00PM PST. Submitting the housing fee confirms your spot in the UCLA dorms for the duration of the program.

NOTE: If you are a new student participating in Orientation Session 103 (July 30-31st) and you would like to request a stayover between the end of orientation and the start of the Summer Pathways program, please check off the stayover request option on the program registration form. For more information about additional stayover fees, email pathways@summer.ucla.edu.

Drop & Refund Deadlines

Drop & Refund Deadline: Friday, Week 1 of the program August 09, 2024 (5:00PM PST)

In order to drop the program and receive a refund of the $400 program fee, you will need to email pathways@summer.ucla.edu to request a drop. As long as you request a drop by the refund deadline listed above, you will receive a refund of the program fee. Please note, you must also drop your courses. 

Drop Deadline
Impacted Courses: Friday, Week 1 of the course (August 09 by 5:00PM PST)
Non-Impacted Courses: Last day of the class (September 13 by 5:00PM PST)

In addition to dropping the program, you will need to drop your summer classes. To drop a class, log into MyUCLA, click on the “Classes” tab and “Drop a Class”, select the pencil icon under “Changes” and “Drop”. Confirm the course no longer appears on the study List. Please note a $150 processing fee is assessed when UCLA students drop ALL summer courses to 0 units regardless of when the courses are dropped.

Refund Deadline

Impacted Courses: Friday, Week 1 of the course (August 09 by 5:00PM PST)
Non-Impacted Courses: Friday, Week 2 of the course (August 16 by 5:00PM PST)

If you would like to receive a refund of course fees, you must drop the course BEFORE the refund deadlines listed above. The drop and refund deadline are not the same for most summer courses. Please check whether the course you are enrolling in is impacted or non-impacted. 

Drop & Refund Deadline: July 29, 2024 (5:00PM PST)

In order to drop housing and receive a refund of the housing fee, you will need to email pathways@summer.ucla.edu to request a drop. As long as you request a drop by the refund deadline listed above, you will receive a refund of the housing fee. 

Program Courses

Students must enroll in two Approved Summer Pathway Courses that do not conflict with the program’s mandatory co-curriculars from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.

Summer Pathway Courses

The recommended list for each pathway includes a curated list of courses that satisfy GE and/or major prep. Students must enroll in two approved courses with an optional 3rd course (University Studies 10A). Students may also mix and match courses from each pathway course list.

*International students in the program who require a visa will need to be enrolled in at least 8 units to meet the eligibility for an F-1 visa, required for study. At least 51% of those units must be in-person.

Click here to view the Summer Pathways Approved Course Page.

Co-Curricular Component

With so many majors to choose from, selecting the right one can feel like a daunting task. Summer Pathway Co-Curriculars are meant to help students think critically about the practical implications behind major options and the wide range of opportunities that a single UCLA major can offer. The program includes a combination of  workshops that are pathway specific and general student development workshops for ALL students. Please review the section below for a look at some of our co-curriculars.

Pathway Specific Co-Curriculars

In this exclusive panel, you will get a firsthand look at the undergraduate experiences of UCLA upperclassmen currently majoring in the social science or life science division. Get answers to questions that will assist you in the process of selecting a major by talking to students who have been in the major for 2+ years.

 

Being a single student in a lecture hall full of hundreds of other students can feel overwhelming. The classroom environment and the different teaching styles can present a new set of challenges for students who are not familiar with the quarter system. In this panel, you will learn valuable advice from some of UCLA’s most well-known professors in the social science or life science division. Get to know these professors on a personal level as they answer questions such as how to make the most of their classes, how to do well in upper division courses, and why office hours matter. In this panel, students will learn the value of making meaningful connections with professors during their time at UCLA.

 

During your time at UCLA, you will take many courses that cover a large range of topics in your area of study. However, beyond the topics covered, it is important to think strategically about the practical skills you will be developing in these courses and how those skills can be translated across many fields and professions. Start your UCLA journey on the right path by learning how to use your undergraduate courses to develop the skills that are critical to your professional development.

 

UCLA is a large university and it can be hard knowing how to navigate an unfamiliar space. However, connecting and creating community with your fellow Bruins has the power to enhance your college experience. Creating community allows you to make meaningful connections, explore interests, have social support, and foster a sense of belonging. In this workshop, you will learn about some of the unique opportunities available to students in each pathway from clubs to research to volunteer work.

 

More information coming soon…

General Co-Curriculars

The quarter system can be very fast paced and knowing effective study strategies can help increase overall retention and understanding of class material. Get started on the right path by developing these strategies early on.

Identifying goals and creating a plan of action can bring both clarity and direction to any area of your life. In this workshop, you will receive specific guidance on how to create and plan out your personal and professional goals.

As a college student, prioritizing your physical and emotional well being is crucial. Knowing your options can go a long way towards alleviating physical and mental stressors. Come learn about helpful resources on campus that not many students might know about!

In a college environment, unchecked stress can lead to burnout and exhaustion. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively manage and overcome stress by creating a self-care plan and you will learn about mental health resources available to you.

Housing Component

Students are strongly encouraged to live in the dorms for the duration of the program. The university offers fully furnished residence halls and suites within easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, and recreational facilities.

Residential Housing (Strongly Recommended)

FAQs

Students must enroll in two Summer Pathway Courses that do not conflict with the program’s mandatory co-curriculars from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students may also enroll in a third optional University Studies 10A course.

Yes, you may still participate. Students have the option to select a pathway that aligns with their current major OR a pathway that will allow them to explore a new area of study.

On campus housing is strongly encouraged to experience college life before the Fall Quarter. Participants are housed in our UCLA residential community, the Hill, conveniently located within easy walking distance of classrooms, libraries, sports facilities, and more!

If you would like to enroll in a course that does not appear on either course list, please email pathways@summer.ucla.edu with your UID, full name, requested course, and a brief explanation as to why you would like to take this course. Requests are subject to review and approval is not guaranteed. 

Yes, students will have the opportunity to participate in social activities in Westwood and the general Los Angeles area. A Pathway Leader (PL) will facilitate all social activities. Please review the program schedule for an overview of these activities.

*All activities/transportation costs will be out of pocket.