Welcome to Summer Success Programs!

Summer Success Programs (SSP) at UC San Diego serves a diverse and global community of entering undergraduates in holistic five to ten week academic programs. It introduces students to the structure and rigor of the research university, provides them with opportunities to foster meaningful academic and social connections, and emboldens them to take ownership of their academic journey. Students enroll in one-two credit-bearing courses, and are each assigned an academic support such as a tutor and coach, and residential programs offer a resident assistant to ensure successful transition to UC San Diego.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Navigate the academic rigor and demands of UC San Diego;
  • Attend to their intellectual, psychological, and physical well-being;
  • Leverage the University's resources and connections to enhance their academic journey;
  • Master the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success;

Newly accepted students will receive a competitive advantage over their peers, leaving the program with:

  • Early Completion of UC San Diego Coursework: Students will complete up to ten (10) units of coursework toward their graduation requirements and UC GPA, prior to the Fall quarter. 
  • Academic and Social Support System: Students will have access to a powerful network of faculty, advisors, tutors, and peer scholars that can last throughout their academic (and often professional) tenure.
  • Early Campus Orientation and Resources: Students will be able to access and navigate TritonLink, the library system and research databases, residential life, student life, and more!

There are four components a Summer Success Program may include, all working in tandem to ensure students’ successful transition at UC San Diego and advancement toward graduation:


Students will enroll in academic courses, for a total of 6-10 units. All courses count toward graduation requirements and UC GPA. Courses are taught by professors, academic specialists, as well as Graduate Student Instructors. 

Advising and Counseling

Students will have access to a network of professional advisors and counselors to assist them with a wide range of topics, including academic and social adjustment, course planning, as well research and internship opportunities.

Residential Life

Students will form a living and learning community in the University residential halls, allowing them to foster life-long friendships and connections. Professional and student staff live on-site to facilitate programming to further bolster their sense of belonging at UC San Diego.

For more Information on Summer Housing for Summer Success Programs;

Please visit Housing Dining Hospitality, Summer Housing Program 2017.

Academic Resources

Students will be plugged into a comprehensive network of peer academic support via The Commons.  Moreover, they will have access to peer advising via campus partners such as Residential Life, advisor(s) from each of UC San Diego’s six colleges, La Raza Resource Centro, Black Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, etc.

The Teaching and Learning Commons have launched Fall of 2016. The Commons are dedicated to the theory, practice, and scholarship of teaching and learning. Its mission is to advance learning and creating a campus-wide culture of engaged teaching and learning. It will provide teaching, learning and training for faculty and students in the following areas: Teacher’s Assistants, Tutors, Mentors, and facilitators.

Its goal is to provide an integrated and coordinated network for existing, expanded and new programs, units and centers that enable and promote scholarly, evidence-based teaching practices and excellence in learning.

Office for Students with Disabilities
If you are a student with a disability who may need accommodations to participate in our programs, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities directly at 858.534.4382.