How do I apply and enroll in the Young Scholars Program ?

High school guidance counselors and/or principals should submit nominations of students seeking to enter the Young Scholars Program early the previous quarter.  For Spring quarter enrollment, for example, nominations should be made during the early weeks of the Winter quarter.  Please consult UCSB academic calendar to know the quarter dates. The following information should be submitted for each student nominated via email to the Young Scholars Program Coordinator. Be sure that each page includes the name of the student being nominated.

  • Nomination letter from guidance counselor or principal
  • Current high school transcript of the student
  • Copy of SAT, PSAT and/or AP scores

 The Letter of Nomination is the introduction of the student to the Young Scholars Program application Reviewing Committee. It  should include information such as:

  • A brief overview of the academic and social strengths of the student.
  • Identify outstanding course work and school participation, explain why you feel this student is outstanding.
  • Describe the maturity of the student. Is the student an independent thinker? Do you anticipate that the student will easily adjust to academics and life on campus?
  • List any academic or social concerns that you have about the student.

NOTE: Each page submitted should include the name of the student at the top of the page.

  • Next steps: The nomination packets (letters, transcripts, test scores) are reviewed by the Young Scholars Program Committee at PaCE.  The Committee will determine the eligibility of the student to attend the UCSB undergraduate courses.
  • If approved, the committee will confirm the students for the Young Scholars Program.
  • Guidance counselors and principals will be notified of the status of their submissions.

Once approved, the Young Scholars Program students will need to complete these steps to enroll in Open University.


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