Welcome to UC Santa Cruz!

Photo by Casey Weiss.

Welcome to UC Santa Cruz! You are now a Banana Slug!

Slug Orientation represents your whole experience of becoming a Banana Slug, from when you submit your Statement of Intent to Register all the way to your first day of classes. This can be broken down into these main sections: 

      • Submit your SlugCard photo online (for your student ID card)
        Follow the photo submission requirements carefully to get your photo approved.

      • Complete Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 online during the summer
        The courses include advising and enrollment support,
        completing We Are Slugs (Alcohol.edu, Diversity, and Title IX requirements), and help with navigating campus and academic resource.

      • Full participation in Fall Welcome Week, which takes place the week you move in

      • Active engagement with Orientation Leaders (OL) throughout the summer
        OLs are current and recently graduated UCSC students that can provide first-hand experience. Your OL team will guide you in every step of your journey, including helping you enroll in classes.

Slug Orientation is your next step. All students are expected to participate fully in this process. In order to get an early enrollment appointment, you must complete Course 1 and 2, and submit your official test scores and transcripts to admissions by the deadlines.

Slug Orientation will:

      • Provide you with information in a timely manner
      • Connect you with advising resources
      • Give you the tools necessary for choosing and enrolling in your first quarter classes
      • Encourage respectful engagement in your inclusive and multicultural community
      • Support your transition into a research university
      • Inspire you to get involved and be engaged with the campus
      • Connect you to current students who can assist you in finding answers to your important questions
      • Introduce you to vital campus resources such as Learning Support Services, safety resources, the Health Center, financial aid, the resource centers, college and university housing, student groups, and the Career Center
      • Welcome you and your family to the UC Santa Cruz community

To pay for Slug Orientation, go to your MyUCSC portal.

Right to Privacy

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), UC Santa Cruz Orientation Office protects the confidentiality of any student’s records. Access to a student’s records will be given to the student only.