"Spring Spotlight" Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is covered in "UC Santa Cruz - Spring Spotlight?"

A: "Spring Spotlight" is an exclusive opportunity for newly admitted students to learn about the “Next Steps” in the college admissions process and take a campus tour.

WEEKDAYS: We offer six Spring Spotlight sessions per weekday, once an hour, with start times from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Each session consists of a 30-minute Admissions "Next Steps" presentation and then a campus walking tour that lasts one hour and 30 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours.

Families should plan to arrive on campus 30 minutes prior to their session start time in order to park and be transported to the Spring Spotlight launch location and check in for their session. Transfer-specific sessions will be offered April 14 at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. and April 15 at 1 p.m. These sessions are open to transfer students only.

Freshman and transfer information will be covered during all Spring Spotlight sessions.

WEEKENDS: On Saturdays, April 8 and April 15, we offer three sessions at 10 a.m., 12 noon, and 2 p.m. for all students. An additional transfer student-specific session at 1 p.m. will also be offered on April 15. This session will be open to transfer students only.

Each weekend session consists of a 30-minute Admissions "Next Steps" presentation and then a campus walking tour that lasts one hour and 30 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours.

Families should plan to arrive on campus 30 minutes prior to their session start time in order to park and be transported to the Spring Spotlight launch location. We will also offer a campus resource fair from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends. The resource fair includes representatives from the academic divisions, student support services, University Housing and Dining Services, Student Organizations and Advising, and many others. We encourage guests for the 2 p.m. session to arrive early in order to take full advantage of the campus resource fair.

Q: Do I need to make reservations for "Spring Spotlight?"

A: In order to give our guests the best possible experience, we have limited our tour size, so you will need to make reservations on this web site. Please note that "Spring Spotlight" is limited to admitted students for the coming fall and their guests.

Q: Should I sign up for both a tour and "Spring Spotlight?"

A: "Spring Spotlight" includes a campus tour. During this period, the campus suspends its regular tour program to focus on newly-admitted students. Regular campus tours will resume after April 15. If you are not a newly-admitted student, you are welcome to sign up for a regular campus tour either before April 7 or after April 15.

Please note that "Spring Spotlight" includes some events that require advance registration, so please look at our online calendar to see if that's the case for the event you're interested in attending.

Q: I already took a campus tour. Should I take a “Spring Spotlight" tour too?

A: The “Spring Spotlight” tour covers similar material to our campus tour. However, the tour is open to admitted students only, and it is focused on admitted students' questions, interests, and needs. This is also an excellent time for admitted students to ask questions of current UCSC students. We also offer a “Next Steps” presentation prior to the walking tour of campus that provides useful information regarding UCSC important dates and deadlines, financial aid, and the residential colleges.

Q: I am an admitted student, but the session date/time I am interested in attending is full. I am still planning on visiting campus. What can I do?

A: If the Spring Spotlight session is full, you are welcome to come to campus and sign up to be on our “standby” list for the Spring Spotlight tour.

“Standby” is not a guarantee of a tour. Please note “stand by” reservations are available only for tours taking place that day. You must be physically present to register as a stand by guest. No phone or Internet stand by reservations are allowed.

Even if you do not have a Spring Spotlight reservation, we do encourage you to visit campus. You are welcome to take advantage of our many Spring Spotlight Campus Visit Opportunities.

Additionally, all newly admitted students and their guests are welcome to sit in on the “Next Steps” presentation and receive valuable handouts on the Residential Colleges, Financial Aid, and Important Dates and Deadlines.

Note: We are unable to accommodate students who have not yet applied to UCSC during any Spring Spotlight session. If you have not yet applied to UCSC, please schedule a regular campus tour after April 15.

Q: I am planning on being “standby” for a Spring Spotlight session. What is the likelihood I’ll be accommodated?

A: “Standby” reservations are taken on session-by-session bases. In case of cancellations or no-shows, we will do our best to accommodate guests off of the standby list.

If we are unable to accommodate you on the first session you signed up to be “standby” for, we will put your name at the top of the list of the next session. Your flexibility and patience are greatly appreciated.

Q: Where do I park for Spring Spotlight?

WEEKDAYS:

Follow the Spring Tours signs and park in the Barn Theater Lot. The Barn Theater Lot is the large, barn-like structure on your left at the main entrance to campus. Turn left into the Barn Theater Parking Lot and park in one of the designated spots.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled session to allow for parking and check-in.

Remember that the sessions include walking tours, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Tours depart rain or shine unless otherwise noted.

Parking permits are required. You may purchase a permit for $5.00 from a parking attendant upon your arrival. Parking is allowed in the Barn Theater Parking Lot for up to 4 hours only.

If you are planning on remaining on campus longer than 4 hours, we ask that you move your vehicle, at no additional charge, to the East Remote Parking Lot to allow room for our many Spring Spotlight visitors.

Attendants will be available to direct you to the Spring Spotlight shuttle, which will take you to the tour launch area for check-in.

On weekdays, the Spring Spotlight Shuttle will run from the Barn Lot to Stevenson College from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will also be a shuttle pick-up returning to the Barn Lot across from the Cowell/Stevenson apartments between 12 noon and 5:30 p.m.

Weekend:

Follow the Spring Spotlight signs to the East Remote Parking Lot, which is on Hagar.

Enter at the main entrance of campus from Bay Street; follow the road to the second stoplight at the corner of Coolidge and Hagar. Turn left onto Hagar, and follow the road up the campus until you reach the East Remote Parking Lot, which will be on your right.

Drive to the back of the lot, park, and find the Transportation and Parking Services Kiosk.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled session to allow for parking and check-in.

Remember that the sessions include walking tours, so please wear comfortable shoes.

Tours depart rain or shine unless otherwise noted.

Parking permits are not required on weekends in the East Remote Parking Lot. Parking Permits are required throughout campus on weekdays.

Campus Tour Guides will be available to direct you to the Spring Spotlight shuttle, which will take you to the tour check-in location at Quarry Plaza. The Spring Spotlight presentation will take place at the Classroom Unit 2 building.

Spring Spotlight shuttle service will run from the East Remote Parking Lot to Quarry Plaza starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last shuttle departing the Quarry Plaza Flag Pole stop at 5:10 p.m.

Q: Where do I park if I do not have a Spring Spotlight reservation and I am not an admitted student?

A:  WEEKDAYS

Follow the Spring Tours signs and park in the Barn Theater Lot. The Barn Theater Lot is the large, barn-like structure on your left at the main entrance to campus. Turn left into the Barn Theater Parking Lot, and a Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) attendant will sell you a $5.00 parking permit. You will be given a self-guided tour and directed to park in the East Remote Parking Lot.

Parking permits are required. You may purchase a permit for $5.00 from a parking attendant in the Barn Theater lot upon your arrival.

WEEKENDS

Follow the Spring Spotlight signs to the East Remote Parking Lot, which is on Hagar.

Enter at the main entrance of campus from Bay Street; follow the road to the second stoplight at the corner of Coolidge and Hagar. Turn left onto Hagar, and follow the road up the campus until you reach the East Remote Parking Lot, which will be on your right.

Drive to the back of the lot, park, and find the Transportation and Parking Services Kiosk.

Parking permits are not required on weekends in the East Remote Parking Lot. Parking Permits are required throughout campus on weekdays.

Campus Tour Guides will be available to provide you with a self-guided tour and answer questions.

Q: I am an admitted student for fall 2017, but I can't make it to the campus April 7-15. What should I do?

A: We encourage you to join us online for "Spotlight Mondays." Check the Virtual Events Site for more information. We'll have opportunities to participate in video and text chats with a variety of UCSC representatives!

You are also welcome to sign up for a regular campus tour at another time. Use the online campus tour reservation site. Student-led tours are offered every weekday.

Q: I am an admitted student for fall 2017, but I'm having trouble logging on to the site. What should I do?

A: All admitted students should be able to log on to the site. However, there may be a lag in our data or some other question about your admission status. If you are an admitted student and still can't log onto the site, please e-mail the Help Desk. Please be sure to include your full name and UC Application ID number.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Because the "Spring Spotlight" tours are all walking tours with moderate to rigorous hills and stairs, you should wear comfortable walking shoes. If you have any concerns regarding mobility issues, please be in touch with our Campus Visits Office, (831) 459-4118 or visits@ucsc.edu, 7–10 business days prior to your visit so we may make appropriate arrangements for your tour or answer any questions you may have.

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We look forward to seeing you at Spring Spotlight!