Quick answers to Slug Orientation Course Questions

Q: What is the Slug Orientation Course? [show]

A: Slug Orientation is the required next step for all new students and consists of completing the orientation process durin the summer, fully participating in Fall Welcome Week, and engaging with your Orientation Leader Team. After completing the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) you will begin to receive emails from the Orientation Office with specific orientation instructions and deadlines. You will receive one unit of academic credit for completing the Orientation Course.

Q: What are the dates and deadlines for Slug Orientation? [show]

A: During the summer months, orientation is online. Complete the orientation process to get an early class enrollment appointment. See the dates and deadlines page for details.

Q: Does this mean I do not have to go to campus during the summer? [show]

A: During the summer months, orientation is only online. You do not need to go to campus. All you need to do is complete the orientation process which will provide you with all of the information you need to have a successful transition to UC Santa Cruz, and to prepare for your fall quarter class enrollment. You will need internet access.

Q: How do I access the Slug Orientation Course? [show]

A: You will receive an email from the Orientation Office with instructions on how to access the Orientation Course parts via Canvas. The email will be sent to your UCSC email account. *Note: During the summer months orientation is only online.

Q: How do I access videos and slides if I do not have access to YouTube and Google from home? [show]

A: Use this link to gain access to YouTube using a university provided VPN service. Also, all of the orientation videos have PDF campanions that you provide you with the same information.

Q: How do I pay for the Orientation Course? [show]

A: Orientation tuition of $279 will be added to your student account and will be due in August. Students with need may be eligible for financial aid. The Financial Aid & Scholarship Office will be in contact with students that qualify directly. When you receive your bill, follow the instructions on the billing statement to make your payment.

Q: How do I prepare for class enrollment? [show]

A: Parts 1 and 2 of the orientation process contain all the information needed to assist you in preparing for your fall quarter classes; between the two parts you will have everything you need to prepare for your enrollment appointment. Orientation Leaders will be available throughout the summer to provide you with personal support and guidance. Also, during Virtual Advising Days, you will be able to connect with your advisors.

Q: When will I be able to enroll in classes? [show]

A: You will receive an enrollment appointment date and time when you complete Part 2 of the orientation process. The earlier you complete Parts 1 and 2, the earlier you will receive your enrollment appointment date.

Q: I would like to attend an on-campus orientation, is that an option? [show]

A: There is no on-campus option this summer. Orientation is online during the summer. You do not need to come to campus.Take a virtual campus tour.

Q: What happens if I do not complete the Slug Orientation Course? [show]

A: The Orientation Course is required; and you will be at a real disadvantage. There is so much that is part of the Orientation course process, including: ID card photo upload, class enrollment process, completing the We Are Slugs! requirements (which if not met will give you a class enrollment hold for winter quarter), housing, financial aid and scholarships, fall preparation, and academic and social resources information. To receive an early enrollment appointment date (to enroll for classes in July/August) you need to complete the orientation process.

Q: When will I receive the one unit of academic credit for the Orientation Course? [show]

A: You will need to meet all deadlines and complete the reflection assignments. You will receive one unit of academic credit when you receive a Pass (P) at the end of August when the course concludes.

Q: I am visiting Santa Cruz during the summer, where can I stay? [show]

A: We recommend the University Town Center; or click here to view other local options.

Q: I am unable to meet the official test score and transcript deadlines, what do I do? [show]

A: Contact the Office of Admissions immediately. Not meeting deadlines could put you at risk of your admission being cancelled.

Q: Where do I find my test scores (e.g. AP, etc) in MyUCSC student portal? [show]

A: Login to your MyUCSC student portal, then click on My Academics tile, finally click on Test Scores. Learn more at this AP Score Verification page.

Q: I have taken AP exams but I do not see them in my portal? [show]

A: First off, don’t worry - we are here to help! There are two reasons your AP might not be posted:
-- Your score was never sent to UCSC. To have your scores sent, contact AP Services at (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427, or https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores. UCSC’s school code is 4860. There is no reason to “rush” the scores.
-- Your score was sent to UCSC, but it didn’t correctly match with your student record. This can happen for a variety of reasons including a slightly different spelling of your name, a mismatch on the birth date, etc. If you are sure your scores were sent, Contact the Office of Admissions immediately.

Q: I did not receive any orientation process links. What should I do? [show]

A: First, check your spam folder within your UCSC email account (ends with @ucsc.edu). If it is not there, then email orientation@ucsc.edu and we will send you access information. Include your full name and your 7-digit UCSC ID number in your email.


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