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Learn academic, professional, and success strategies

Earn up to 26 units

This two-quarter schedule allows you to take six courses and earn up to 26 units toward your undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz. To earn a UC Santa Cruz bachelor’s degree you will need a minimum of 180 units.

Expert advisors will guide you through the enrollment process for these courses, ensuring that you have a smooth and successful experience.

Online courses are held asynchronous with synchronous components.


Program Details

Extended Application Deadline is June 7!

Here are the steps to secure your spot in the First Year Transition Academy:

  1. Submit your First Year Transition Academy registration form by June 7, 2024.
  2. Attend an information session.
  3. Pay the FYTA deposit of $1,700 USD.
  4. Select courses for the summer quarter.
  5. Pay tuition of $4,650 USD.

Summer 2024

  1. Choose your orientation date.
  2. Meet with advisors.
  3. Begin your courses.

Fall 2024

  1. Choose your fall courses.
  2. Pay fall tuition of $4,650 USD.

Winter 2024

  1. January 8, 2025: Start your winter courses at UC Santa Cruz.

Choose 2-3 Courses | Take up to 13 units.

Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON XR002) 5 units

The United States to 1877 (HIST XR17A) 4 units

Introduction to Critical Thinking (PHIL XR007) 4 units

Choose 2-3 Courses | Take up to 13 units.

Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON XR003) 5 units

The United States from 1865 (HIST XR17B) 4 units

First-Year Calculus (MATH XR009A) 4 units

First day of winter quarter: Jan. 5

Instruction begins Jan. 8.

Note: Your summer and fall online courses will be taught through our University of California partner at UC Riverside Extension. All units are transferrable to UC Santa Cruz.

Confirm your spot in the First Year Transition Academy!



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