5 Hidden Gems of the UC System

1. College of Creative Studies
Bypass college and experience the focus of graduate school through UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. Dubbed “a graduate school for undergraduates,” the college offers flexible, individualized programs in eight majors. With one-on-one advising from faculty members, you can devote yourself to your creative work or research projects with an intensity that other college students can only imagine.

2. Residential Colleges
Enjoy both a small, supportive learning community and the resources of a large research university through one of the ten Residential Colleges at UC Santa Cruz. Each college has its own funding, which often includes scholarships; its own recreational space, such as art galleries or theater/auditorium; its own student programs, such as the student radio station or digital media computer lab; its own student government; its own theme, such as science and technology or social justice; and its own academic focus and research opportunities.

3. Thomas Haider Program
If you want a fast-track to medical school but lack the support and resources to do so, the Thomas Haider Program at UC Riverside is just for you. The program offers multiple pipeline initiatives for underrepresented undergraduate students at UC Riverside to be admitted and complete their medical training at UC Riverside School of Medicine.

4. UC Center Sacramento Scholar Intern Program
There is no better way to jumpstart your aspirations in politics and public service than to major in Political Science – Public Service at UC Davis. Then put your classroom knowledge to the test by interning at the California State Capitol (only an hour away from the Davis campus) through the UC Center Sacramento Scholar Intern Program.

5. Yosemite Leadership Program
Look no further than UC Merced to fulfill your dream of living and working in a national park. The campus is the proud home of the Yosemite Leadership Program, a two-year environmental leadership development program that offers spectacular opportunities such as a 12-week residential summer internship in Yosemite National Park.

If any of these sound interesting, be sure to check off the campuses you are interested in on the UC Application, which opened on August 1st. You may submit the application starting on November 1st and the deadline is November 30th.

Ms. Sun is a UC admissions expert who has been guiding students to the top UCs, such as UC Berkeley and UCLA, since 2006. She graduated from UC Berkeley, spent a year in a PhD program at UCLA, and completed a college counseling certificate program through UCSD Extension. Ms. Sun created AskMsSun.com to help students navigate the complex UC admissions process and to provide them with guidance in times of uncertainty. When she is not working with students or answering student questions online, Ms. Sun volunteers with UC Berkeley and UCLA in support of their high school and community college outreach efforts.

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