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Sharpen the academic skills you will need for fall classes.
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Kick start your degree  - Enroll in Summer Edge!

Summer Edge 2024 enrollment is open! The Summer Edge application is here. There is a single application for all of the Summer Start Programs. 

If you have questions about the program, please email  

Start Your UC Merced Experience This Summer

Are you ready for the academic rigors of a UC education? This convenient, 6-week online program will help you prepare for math, chemistry, computer science, and writing classes at UC Merced. Come join a learning community of first-year students and sharpen your academic skills and knowledge as you prepare for the next stage of your education. 

The Summer Edge First-Year Program is free and open to all incoming UC Merced students.


How to Join Summer Edge

The on-campus journey begins this August

View your next steps to enroll in Summer Edge so you will be prepared for fall.

Why Summer Edge

Our instructors will support you every step of the way

Sharpen your academic skills to be 
ready for college life.


Earn your degree at UC Merced

Find answers to your questions with our FAQ page.

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