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

The Orientation Course process supports your transition to UC Santa Cruz, from when you submit your Statement of Intent to Register all the way to your first day of classes. Completing the orientation process will alleviate confusion, provide you with important information you will need to be a successful student, and assist you in meeting critical deadlines. 

Begin your transition by following these main steps: 

      • Submit your ID card photo- You will receive an email after April to upload your student ID card photo. Follow the photo submission requirements carefully to get your photo approved
      • One-credit Orientation Course- All new frosh and transfer students will be automatically enrolled in the one-credit orientation course: College 1A for frosh; Kresge 1T for transfers. Completion of the 1A/1T is required. Pass 1A/1T by staying engaged throughout the summer.
      • Part 1 in June- Provides you with information you need to understand the structure of the university, reminds you of critical admissions deadlines, and guides you through exploring your academic goals.
      • Part 2 in July- Focuses on advising and enrollment preparation for successful class enrollment in July.
      • Enroll in Classes- Frosh will enroll during the last week of July; Transfers will enroll during the first week of August.
      • Part 3 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.
      • Fall Welcome Week- Full and active participation in Fall Welcome Week, and completing We Are Slugs! (Alcohol.edu; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Title IX requirements).
      • Active engagement 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 in every step of your journey, including helping you enroll in classes.

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

The 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 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


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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