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In an increasingly competitive world, properly preparing for the rigors of college is critical to future success. That’s why the UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies offers a wide range of pre-college courses, from STEAM to test prep to college credit. Extension’s goal is to help students stand out during the college application process and get the most out of their education in the future.


9-12 grade

Academic Connections

This summer program provides high school students with an academically enriching experience while conducting research alongside committed and enthusiastic instructors.

9-12 grade

College Credit

College-level courses are designed for high school students who want to get ahead and earn college credit in biology, sociology, engineering, and earth science. New! Discover UC San Diego - college courses online

9-12 grade

Futures - Programs for High Schoolers

Career pathway programs for high school students to fulfill passions, explore new interests, and gain hands-on experience before entering the workforce or applying for college. 

9-12 grade

Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability

High school students engage and address the most pressing environmental issues with hands-on education at such locations as Hawaii, Washington D.C., and Arizona.

3-12 grade

Library NExT

Free Futures, Test Prep, and Sally Ride Science STEAM workshops at participating San Diego Public Library locations.

9-12 grade

Research Scholars

Unparalleled educational opportunities that allow students to assume the role of researchers, fully immersed in projects that have real-world applications.

4-12 grade

Sally Ride Science Junior Academy

Our programs seek to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math for students in grades 4 through 12.

undergraduate and graduate

Test Preparation

UC San Diego Extension is committed to providing high-quality, low-cost test preparation that helps achieve higher test scores for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT.