You are now a Banana Slug!

We know how exciting and intimidating it can be to join a new community; that is why we created Slug Orientation.

UC Santa Cruz is one of the first universities in the nation to offer orientation for credit! Slug Orientation is designed to ensure you start strong from day one. Completing the required online orientation course will help alleviate confusion, provide you with important information you will need to be a successful student, and assist you in meeting critical deadlines.

We expect you to be engaged with the course throughout the summer. You will gain access to each part of the course automatically, as long as you complete the previous part, once it is available.

Plan for the following: 

  • Submit your ID card photo: A personalized link will be sent to your UCSC email with instructions on how to upload your student ID card photo. Follow the photo submission requirements carefully to get your photo approved.
  • Understand the one-credit Orientation Course process: All new frosh and transfer students are automatically enrolled in the one-credit orientation course. Pass the required course by staying engaged throughout the summer. The grade you earn in the course (Pass or No Pass) will appear on your official UC Santa Cruz transcript.
  • Complete the Orientation Course Parts and assignments by the course deadlines:
    • Part 1 (available in June) provides you with information on the structure of the university, reminds you of critical admissions deadlines, and guides you through exploring your academic goals.
    • Part 2 (available in July) focuses on advising and class enrollment preparation.
    • Part 3 (available in August) provides you with campus, academic, and social resources to help you successfully begin your academic career, move-in preparation guidance, and contains Fall Welcome Week information.
  • Enroll in Classes: You need to complete Parts 1 & 2 in order to receive a date to enroll for fall classes.

The one-unit Orientation Course is accessed through Canvas. You will receive course access information to your UCSC email. Learn how to use Canvas by reviewing the Canvas FAQ for Students.

The required one-unit Slug Orientation course will:

  • Provide you with information in a timely manner and connect you to current students who can assist you in finding answers to your important questions
  • Connect you with advising resources
  • Give you the tools necessary for choosing and enrolling in your first fall 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 
  • 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

You are also expected to:

  • Actively participate in Fall Welcome Week.
  • Fully complete the We Are Slugs! (; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Title IX requirements) program or risk a winter class enrollment hold.
  • Engage with Orientation Leaders (OL) throughout the summer. OLs are current and recently graduated UCSC students that provide first-hand experience and are ready to answer your questions. Your OL Team will guide you throughout your journey, including helping you enroll in classes.

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.

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