About the Program

Young Scholars Small Group Picture 2015


"[My son] had an awesome learning experience in Dr. JAK’s ENG1 class.  He learned as much about discovery, innovation process, team work, and career opportunities as he did about building a robot.  The online nature of the class material combined with lecture and lab, peer review, and use of outside reference materials (TED talks, engineer Bios, etc.) created a learning experience that was motivating for [my son].  He thought Dr. JAK was super cool."

-2017 Young Scholar Parent


The Young Scholars Program challenges students to grow personally and academically within a supportive community of students, faculty, and staff.  The program has two key components:



Instead of thinking and talking about what might happen in college, Young Scholars directly experience it by taking college courses in Santa Clara’s summer session alongside college students. In consultation with the program director, each Young Scholar enrolls in one or two lower-division university courses from Session 1 of Santa Clara’s summer program and earns college credit.

These courses are typically part of the core curriculum at most universities. Young Scholars learn how to manage the workload and the responsibilities of college-level study. During the program, Young Scholars have access to the program director and college advisors who assist them in resolving problems or responding to other questions.



The Young Scholars Program’s small size allows Young Scholars to interact with students from many schools by sharing courses and attending program events. During orientation, students tour the campus, obtain a student ID card (ACCESS card), purchase textbooks, meet and mingle with fellow Young Scholars, and have lunch with Summer Sessions staff.



Young Scholars pay a tuition fee of $355 per unit (75% off the regular tuition rate) plus the cost of their books. To obtain the tuition cost, multiply $355 by the number of units listed next to the course title. Young Scholars are responsible for purchasing their own books, supplies, and other personal items. 


Transportation & Housing

Transportation and campus housing are not available for Young Scholars.



Santa Clara University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, sexual preference, disability, religion, veteran’s status, or age in the administration of any of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletics, or employment-related policies, programs, and activities; or other University-administered policies, programs, and activities. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations, please contact Disabilities Resources at 408-554-4109 (voice) or 1-800-735-2929 (TTY-California Relay) at least two weeks prior to the start of your course.