Orientation Information & Resources for New Students
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Welcome to UC Santa Cruz!

Congratulations! Your admission to the University of California, Santa Cruz truly reflects your scholastic excellence, community involvement, and the potential still to be fulfilled.

You are to be applauded for choosing an institution with an abundance of academic opportunities, dedicated scholars, and rich traditions that will provide you with unlimited academic challenges and personal discovery.

UC Santa Cruz Orientation Programs is where students begin their college careers and ensure their successful academic and social transition into the UC Santa Cruz community.

Previous attendees have found that Orientation helped them feel more connected to the campus and made the transition in the fall much smoother. Jessica Cirilo, a current UC Santa Cruz student, says, "I feel attending Orientation was the most important decision I made before coming to school at UCSC. I was way ahead of the game in the fall, and gained only valuable information."

Summer Orientation

Fall Orientation and Welcome Week

Fall 2008 Orientation and Welcome Week takes place prior to classes beginning. As you acclimate to the university, the week will provide for you opportunities to engage with faculty, staff, and continuing students. On your move-in day you will receive a packet at your college with a plethora of resources, including the campus-wide Fall Orientation and Welcome Week schedule, as well as a college-specific schedule.

CONGRATULATIONS again to you and your family for this terrific achievement!

Winter Orientation

Winter Orientation and Welcome

  • What to Expect in College: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/orientation/resource_guide/academic_success.cfm
  • Campus Resources: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/orientation08/campus_resources.cfm
  • Important Offices to Visit: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/orientation08/offices.cfm
  • Local Overnight Accommodations: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/orientation08/overnight.cfm
  • Maps and Directions: http://admissions.ucsc.edu/orientation08/maps.cfm
  • Schedule of Classes: http://gazos.ucsc.edu/soc/index.cfm
  • Bay Tree Bookstore: http://slugstore.ucsc.edu/
  • Santa Cruz Weather: http://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/Santa_Cruz.html

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Summer 2009 Orientation

Summer Orientation introduces UC Santa Cruz students and their family to a wide range of learning opportunities outside the classroom: leadership development, extracurricular activities, student organizations, community service, recreational classes, and more. In addition, you will receive academic advising to help prepare for the coming year with recommendations for courses of study and the opportunity to enroll in classes.


Program Agenda: pdf file (Registration Packet, confirmation letter) Important Docs: pdf files which have been sent to students Before Orientation: Activate Cruz ID After Orientation: FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Advising at UCSC [in progress]


Why Attend Orientation most FAQ, Residential Colleges, Transportation & Parking: TAPS, Move-in Time: Housing, Choosing a Meal Plan: Dining, Enrolling in Classes: Registrars, Understanding Your Bill: SBS, Zipcar Car Sharing Program

Orientation Guides

  • What to Expect in College
  • Campus Resources
  • Important Offices to Visit
  • Overnight Accomodations
  • Maps and Directions
  • Schedules of Classes