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Pre-College in California at UC Berkeley—A golden gateway to discovery and adventure

Get ready for a two-week pre-college experience where you’ll dive into your area of interest with real projects—and get opportunities to step out of the classroom and into an industry or research setting. Explorations help you take advantage of unique experts and resources in Berkeley, the wider Bay Area, and Silicon Valley. Join us for Pre-College in California, where you can study at UC Berkeley for high school.

Pick your passion

At the University of California, Berkeley, we offer two areas of focus.  See how inspired students, faculty, and professionals in these fields tackle real-world questions in an energizing, high-tech capital.

  • Session 1
  • Residential: June 30 – July 13
    Commuter: July 1 – July 12
  • Session 2
  • Residential: July 14 – July 27
    Commuter: July 15 – July 26
  • Location:
    University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA 
  • Staff to Student Ratio 1:6
  • Tuition
    Residential: $6,400
    Commuter: $3,190

    Tuition + Financial Aid

What's an Exploration Like? 

In EXPLO’s Pre-College in California, you’ll uncover professional possibilities within each area of study that you may never have even considered. Learn how they intersect with one another and with the innovation environment of the Bay Area.

  • Learn from passionate and accomplished instructors who are experts in their fields and work in the academic, entrepreneurial, and technological powerhouses surrounding San Francisco.
  • Strengthen your college applications with a written performance evaluation from your instructor commenting on your work, contributions, and areas of strength.
  • Explore your area of study, the Berkeley campus, and the Bay Area with a tight-knit group of your fellow EXPLO students.
  • Enjoy a range of memorable trips and activities, from things like game nights and sunset hikes to a visit to San Francisco’s world-famous Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, or Chinatown.

A world of possibilities

In Explorations at Berkeley, you’ll see just how many academic disciplines and professional careers connect to your area of interest. Learn not only how far, but in how many directions you can go in criminal investigations, psychology, and neuroscience as you study at UC Berkeley for high school.


Learn in beautiful + bustling Berkeley


Our Pre-College in California program helps you experience life at one of the world’s most prestigious research universities, ranked number one in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The University of California, Berkeley, sits between the Berkeley Hills and San Francisco Bay, a unique and stunning locale for two unforgettable weeks of discovery, new friends, and fun.


Experience a Day by the Bay at EXPLO 

Take a trip through each day and see the new directions they explored and the choices they made. How will you make Berkeley your own?


Age: 15, rising 10th grader

Program:  Explorations in Criminal Investigations at Berkeley



Age: 17, rising 12th grader

Program: Explorations in Psychology + Neuroscience at Berkeley - Commuter Program

Explore a west-coast collegiate future

When you study at UC Berkeley for high school, you can tour UC Berkeley and Stanford University around the Bay Area. You’ll get a firsthand look at your collegiate options in this world-leading center for start-ups, new ideas, and high-tech advancements. Plus, get expert advice on the University of California application process with workshops, essay writing tips, and college interview skills. 

Where people do big things