Summer Learning Reimagined

The Pacific Summer High School Institute is a two-week residential pre-college summer program designed for curious high school students to live, learn and grow at one of America’s top universities. During the program, summer institute students will become immersed in cutting-edge topics and issues through learning environments focused on real-world, hands-on experiences in our labs, studios, fields and makerspaces. In short, Pacific Institute students will experience college firsthand.

In the summer of 2024, the Pacific Summer High School Institute will run for two program sessions. The first session starts on June 2 and concludes on June 13, while the second session goes from June 18 until June 28.


Students choose from a wide variety of courses that span five interest categories: Performing and Visual Arts, Health and Science, Engineering and Technology, Business and Society and Athletics. Our Summer High School Institute has something to fit their interests, whether that's working with nationally recognized musicians, exploring medical microbiology, or taking control of their financial future.


Pacific Institute students will live on our beautiful Northern California campus in the same residential halls where our college students live during the academic year, dine on Bon Appetit’s wide variety of offerings in the DeRosa University Center Marketplace, exercise in the state-of-the-art Baun Fitness Center and study in our newly reimagined library designed for 21st century learning and collaboration.


Each night there will be a host of activities to choose from, ranging from movies under the stars, arts and crafts, esports and karaoke to swimming, basketball, volleyball and other activities in our NCAA Division I athletic facilities.

Hear from past students

"This summer institute really helped me become more independent and learn how to take responsibility for myself. I made some lifelong friends and am very happy I attended. I also learned how to become a better person in general through meeting so many new people."

– Ileana, Competitive Debate


I really enjoyed my experience here. It was definitely an experience to remember and I feel more prepared about college. I hope to return as an undergraduate in pre-pharmacy or biochemistry here at the University of the Pacific.

– Marco, Finding a Cure for Cancer

"It was a wonderful experience as a upcoming high school freshman makes and me want to do my best so I can be a UOP student in the near future. My uncles have both attended this same university I want to follow in their steps. The whole entire experience was wonderful. Made new friends, learned so much in the programs."

– Mariana, Future Pharmacists


"The summer institute was a really fun experience that you can't get anywhere else. It is good to have an idea of how college life will be a little early so you won't have to be nervous about how it will be when you actually go to college."

– Alexis, Finding a Cure for Cancer

“Never in my life would I think I’d be able to do something I saw on, like, Grey’s Anatomy. It was just exciting to do those kinds of activities.”

– Jamie Lynn Phan, Future Pharmacists


“Now that I went [to the Summer High School Institute], and I just experienced everything, I definitely want to go [to Pacific].”

– Samuel Lee, Future Pharmacists

The full Pacific experience

At California's first university, institute students will have the opportunity to learn from our award-winning faculty. For two weeks, they will experience the life of a college student in the heart of Northern California, interacting with students from across the state. 

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is California’s first and oldest university, founded in 1851, less than a year after statehood. With campuses across Northern California in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, the university places a premium on personalized learning and experiential opportunities for students. It is ranked in the top 100 national universities by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education and top 20 in the West.