The College Scholars Program

The UC Santa Cruz College Scholars Program (CSP) offers a congenial and stimulating academic home for a select group of well-prepared first-year students at UC Santa Cruz. Through this honors program, students can expect to challenge themselves academically, find other students who are similarly motivated, and explore undergraduate research. This enriched program of study includes special courses, seminars, colloquia, and other events during each quarter of the student's first academic year and fall of the student's second academic year.

CSP provides an opportunity for outstanding students to engage deeply with the best of UCSC. Early in their career, students are able to explore the full potential of the university setting, beyond the coursework that might be required in their respective disciplines.  

CSP has close ties to the college system. In 2018-2019, Fall Start scholars (see below for information about Spring Start scholars) will live at Cowell, Crown, Merrill or Porter College. Each college will have a cohort of about 20-25 College Scholars Program students, and students in each cohort will be housed together. An additional bonus for these students is that they receive priority enrollment during their time in the program. 

Learn more about the College Scholars Program, here