Quick answers to Slug Orientation questions

Q: What is Slug Orientation? [show]

A: Slug Orientation is the next step for all new students and consists of completing a series of online courses, fully participating in Fall Welcome Week and communicating with your Orientation Leader. After completing the Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) you will begin to receive emails from the Orientation Office with specific instructions and deadlines to complete the Slug Orientation throughout the summer. You will have 2 or 3 weeks to complete each course. After you submit your SIR, you will receive the SlugCard photo upload course.

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

A: During the summer, orientation is online. Complete the courses to get your class enrollment appointment (be able to enroll for classes). 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, orientation is only online. You do not need to go to campus. All you need to do is acknowledge participation in Slug Orientation via your MyUCSC portal. Completing Slug Orientation 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 sign up for Slug Orientation? [show]

A: In your MyUCSC portal, acknowledge your participation. The Orientation Office will send you information for the Slug Orientation courses beginning April 15th. Follow the steps below:
1. Log onto your MyUCSC portal
2. From your Student Homepage click on the "Application Status and Info" tile, then click on the Slug Orientation link (Link may take up to 24 hours to appear after submitting the SIR)
3. Click the "Send Me My Slug Orientation" button
4. Press "Calculate Cost", then make your payment online
*note: the date that the orientation website gives you is the date that you will receive the link to the online Slug Orientation course 1. During the summer orientation is only online.

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

A: There are two methods to pay for Slug Orientation, online and by mail.
First Method: Pay online: ONE-TIME option to pay online using your MyUCSC Slug Orientation page. At this time, you have the option of paying by electronic check or credit card.
~ Credit Card: Please note that if you choose to pay by credit card, UC Santa Cruz accepts MasterCard, Discover and American Express. You will need your account number, expiration date, and the name of the cardholder as it appears on the card. The only opportunity you will have to pay with credit card is at the time of registration.
~ E-check, you will need your checking or savings account number, bank routing number, bank name and the name of the person on the account.
Second Method: Pay when you receive a billing statement (Pay on-time to avoid additional late fees.)

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

A: Slug Orientation Courses 1 and 2 contain all the information needed to assist you in preparing for your fall quarter classes; between the two courses 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. 

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

A: You will have an assigned enrollment appointment. You will receive specific date and time information once you fully complete Course 2. The earlier you complete Course 1 and 2, the earlier you will receive your enrollment appointment.

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.

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

A: We do not recommend that you do this; you will be at a real disadvantage. There is so much that is part of Slug Orientation, including: ID card photo upload, class enrollment process, meeting 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 enrollment appointment (to enroll for classes) you need to complete Slug Orientation.

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.

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 mis-match on the birthdate, etc. If you are sure your scores were sent, Contact the Office of Admissions immediately.

Q: I did not receive the links to any of the Slug Orientation Courses. What do I do? [show]

A: First, make sure that you acknowledged your Slug Participation in your MyUCSC portal. Then check your spam folder within your UCSC email. If it is not there, then email orientation@ucsc.edu and we will send you another invitation, include your full name and your 7-digit ID number.



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