Monday, September 25

View the interactive campus map and the campus walking map to help you get around campus. Use this time to walk around and become familiar with the campus.


College Academic Advising - MANDATORY for all new frosh and transfer students
View your college presentation page for time details. All presentation times are in Pacific Time (PT).

(You will receive an email with the link; follow the instructions in the email if you have any time conflicts, questions or concerns. You can email if you need assistance.)

Transfers: College Academic Advising - mandatory for all new transfer students: The College Academic Advising Orientation will provide an overview of important academic information all transfer students should be aware of, including degree requirements, academic planning, academic policies, enrichment opportunities, and tips for a successful transition to UC Santa Cruz. 

Frosh: The College Academic Advising Orientation will provide an overview of important academic information all new frosh should be aware of, including degree requirements, academic planning, academic policies, enrichment opportunities, and tips for a successful transition to UC Santa Cruz.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend the college presentation on Monday, September 25, please attend the make up sessions being held on Tuesday, September 26

Frosh 9/26 make up session: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PT) via this Zoom link:

Transfer 9/26 make up session: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PT) via this Zoom link:



ID Card Services
Congratulations on becoming a Banana Slug! Your first student ID card is FREE! If you have submitted a photo through CloudCard, and your photo was approved, your card will be ready for you. If you did not submit a photo by September 1, you will pick up your card after October 6 once you submit your photo and after your photo gets approved. If you have yet to submit your photo, please go to the Photo Upload Instructions page then follow the photo submission guidelines. 

  • If you are living on campus, your ID card will be waiting for you when you check-in on your move-in day. 
  • If you are living off campus, between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. your ID card will be at the ID Card Services Office located on the second floor of the Bay Tree Campus Store. 
  • If you are picking up your ID Card after September 27, email to request a pick-up time. (After September 27, card pick-up will be by appointment only.)

Please Note: You will need a government issued ID along with your UCSC Student ID number at the time of pick up.


Appointments for UC Required Immunizations
**Call 831-459-2500 or schedule online through Health e-Messenger**
All incoming UC students are REQUIRED to receive certain vaccinations and tuberculosis (TB) screening. Students may receive required immunizations at the Student Health Center by scheduling an appointment through Health e-Messenger or calling (831) 459-2500. These are offered at no cost for students with UC SHIP.


Undergraduate Admissions Office 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (PT)
150 Hahn Student Services
Available in person at the front counter and by phone at 831-459-4008, or by email at Receive information regarding conditions of admission, transfer credit, sending official transcripts and test scores, and appeals.


Welcome Yoga 
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. (PT)
East Field
Join us for Yoga on the field.


Welcome Week Hikes
Various Times (see description)
Welcome to what might be the most ecologically diverse campus in the world! Our campus is so rich in life that we have a 789-acre natural reserve that is used for engaging students in education, research and stewardship activities. Join UCSC Campus Natural Reserve staff on a hike as you get to know each other and some of the local flora and fauna in your incredible backyard. This is also a great time to find out about internship opportunities and other ways to get involved with learning about nature at UCSC. There will be hills, but we will take an overall slow pace. Bring water and sun protection. For information on the different hikes, visit:


Summer Session - Why Summer?
Drop-in 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (PT) or by appointment
257 Hahn Student Services
Drop into the office and pick up some summer swag or book a meeting through Slug Success to speak with a current student or staff member about the benefits of your optional fourth quarter. We can cover anything from the courses offered, to costs and financial aid eligibility, to on-campus housing.


Financial Aid and Scholarship Office
See the Contact Information page for availability information
205 Hahn Student Services
Advisers are available on a drop-in basis to assist students and their families with any questions regarding their financial aid awards, loan requirements, and more.


Office of the Registrar
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (PT)
190 Hahn Student Services
Call at 831-459-4412
(Friday phone hours: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Open for general questions about registration, course enrollment, and enrollment verification.


Residency and Veterans Services at the Registrar’s Office
190 Hahn Student Services
In-Person Advising 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (PT)
Phone Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(831) 459-3459 or (831) 459-2910 or (831) 459-2731
Zoom Advising Calendar for Residency and Veterans Services
Open for general questions about registration, veterans benefits, and residency for UC tuition.


Residential Computing (ResNet)
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (PT) 
Rachel Carson College Room 258
ResNet assists with residential networks (including ResWiFi and ResWiFi-devices) as well as with minor computer repair. Staff will be available via phone, email, and in-person support (no appointment needed). Call ResNet at 831-459-4638, email, or visit our website for more information.


Student Housing Services 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (PT)  
104 Hahn Student Services
The Campus Housing Office staff are available via email or phone or to assist you with any questions about housing and dining charges, payment plan options, meal plans, and more. Contact information is available at


Intro to Undergraduate Research at UCSC
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PT) 
Classroom Unit 1
This workshop introduces incoming and continuing students to undergraduate research at UC Santa Cruz; what it is, why it should be part of your experience, and how to get started.


Fall Welcome Week Information Table 
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Quarry Plaza
Stop by to get your questions answered, meet other students, and chat with the Orientation Team.


Bay Tree Campus Store 
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Quarry Plaza
The Bay Tree Campus Store is your destination for a wide variety of Banana Slug apparel. The Campus store also features Apple Computers (at discounted education prices), Apple accessories, school supplies, art supplies, and gifts.

Purchasing Textbooks (Please note that textbooks are no longer sold on campus.)

The Bay Tree Campus Store Course Material Website operates completely online and can be visited at For more information, visit our website or call us at (831) 459-4216 or send an email to


How to Get a Job
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. (PT)  
Register Here

Do you need a job? Learn how to find on and off campus jobs and how Career Success can help you with the whole process! All students are welcome. 30 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A.


Are we on Campus or in a Forest? An Introduction to the Campus Natural Reserve Lands
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PT)  
Norris Center Classroom (Natural Sciences 2 Room 233)
The UCSC Campus is unique within the University of California in that almost 800 acres of the campus have been set aside as a Natural Reserve. These lands are home to 1000’s of plants and animals including bobcat, deer, and the California giant salamander. This event will discuss the animals and plants found on the Campus Natural Reserve and highlight ways you can get involved in research and educational activities at our Natural Reserves and the Ken Norris Center for Natural History. You will also learn about the appropriate use of the reserve and see specimens of some of the animals and plants that occur on campus. For more information, contact the Campus Reserve Manager at 

SlugCents Financial Wellness Program
Walk-in hours 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PT) or by appointment after 10/27/23
Hahn Student Services 203 (next to Financial Aid)
Phone: 831-502-0781
The SlugCents Financial Wellness Program helps UCSC students build the knowledge and skills they need to feel more confident about their financial decisions - both during and after college. Stop by our office to learn about our financial workshops, confidential financial coaching appointments, online resources, and more!


Student Business Services (SBS): Financial Service Center 
Walk-in Hours from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PT)  
Phone Calls from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PT) 
102 Hahn Student Services
Phone: 831-459-2107
SBS will be available to answer questions about billing, making payments, signing up for direct deposit refunds, and information on Tuition Payment Plans for current registration fees.


Transportation Options On and Off Campus  
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (PT)  
Join Zoom Meeting at 
Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) is your ticket to how you'll travel around campus, around town, and back home. We'll go over all your great sustainable options and take the mystery out of Zipcar, Ebike Share, Safe Rides, city and campus buses, bicycle support programs, Cruz511, rideshare, holiday travel, campus parking, and more!


Going Global at UCSC
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (PT) 
Classroom Unit 2
Study abroad or away as part of your UCSC degree! Join us to discover international and domestic Global Learning opportunities. Learn how to fulfill degree requirements, use financial aid, find scholarships, and how to get started on your Global Learning journey. Let the world be your classroom! Register Here


Veteran Welcome Event
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (PT)  
STARS @ Bay Tree Building, Second Floor
The Veteran Resource Center is for veterans and military affiliates, including those who are on active duty, ROTC cadets, dependent, reservists, or national guard. We invite you to attend any of the 2023 Veteran Welcome Events. The same content will be covered in each session, so you only need to attend one:

  • Monday, September 25, 2023 @ 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023 @ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  

You'll receive an email from the program with an invite. Questions? Feel free to contact the VRC Coordinator, Jerry Cabilatazan at 


Student Finances: Build Your College Budget
5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. (PT)
Register for this workshop 
Managing your money during college can be complicated - but having a budget can help! Come to this free workshop to learn how to create and live on a realistic budget. You’ll also learn about free, on-campus resources that can help you save money, build your financial knowledge, and get assistance with money questions and issues that may come up while you’re at UCSC. Hosted by the SlugCents Financial Wellness Program.

Can’t make it at this time? Register for the workshop and get access to the recorded session or attend our morning workshop on Tuesday, 9/26 at 11:00 AM.


Undocumented Student Fall Welcome
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (PT) 
Classroom Unit 1
This is an opportunity for all incoming undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz to learn about programs and services available to undocumented students at UCSC. This session is limited to undocumented students. Continuing students are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions or would like additional information, you can contact us at


Laser Tag
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (PT)  
Stevenson Event Center
Whether you're a seasoned Laser Tag pro or a complete newbie, this is your chance to unleash your competitive side, make memories, and kick off your UCSC experience. So, gather your new Slug friends, gear up, and prepare for an unforgettable Laser Tag adventure!