Spring Events for Admitted Students

eSlug Newsletter Spring 2015

Associate Director of Admissions Outreach Ebony Lewis.

Associate Director of Admissions Ebony Lewis.

Spring Events for Admitted Students

This article contains information about:
Taking UCSC Home
UCSC on Facebook for Admitted Students, Fall 2015
Spring Tours, March 30-April 2
Spring Spotlight, April 3-11
Spotlight Mondays, April-May
Student-Initiated Outreach Events, April 9-11

In addition to being an exciting time, this can also be a confusing time for students who have been admitted to multiple colleges and universities. They may be thinking, "Where will I fit in?" "How can I compare the campuses?" "What choices make financial sense for my family and me?"

In order to support students and families in their decision-making process, UC Santa Cruz is pleased to present a number of events this spring designed to introduce newly admitted students to the campus and help get their questions answered.

As you can see, these events are particularly rich in opportunities for our newly admitted students to connect with current UCSC students, who can give them a true student's perspective on our educational environment.

Please note that some of these events, such as Spring Spotlight and our Student-Initiated Outreach events, are open only to admitted students for fall 2015, while others, such as our online events and our Spring Tours, are also open to students who have not yet applied to UCSC.

Thank you for helping your students make the important transition to a four-year university. For further information about any of the programs below, feel free to contact me at lewise@ucsc.edu or Assistant Director of Admissions Beatrice Atkinson-Myers at beatrice@ucsc.edu.

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Taking UCSC Home, March 23-27

This year, UCSC Admissions is again presenting its innovative Taking UCSC Home program, in which trained UCSC student volunteers, known as Student Ambassadors, visit their alma mater high schools and community colleges during UCSC's spring break March 23-27 to conduct presentations and connect with admitted and prospective students.

The Student Ambassadors are available as a resource to you and your students and may be able to answer frequently asked questions.

If your school will be visited by a Student Ambassador this year, students in your school who have been admitted for fall 2015 received an e-mail, letting them know the Student Ambassador's name and the date and time of their visit.

This year we have approximately 50 visits planned. Our Student Ambassadors are excited and eager to share their UCSC stories with students!

For more information on the Taking UCSC Home Program, please contact Assistant Director of Admissions Beatrice Atkinson-Myers at 831.459.2352 or beatrice@ucsc.edu.

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UCSC on Facebook for Admitted Students, Fall 2015

Thousands of admitted students signed up for UCSC on Facebook last year, and it again received rave reviews! So we are bringing back this special app for our fall 2015 admitted students. Admitted students this spring are being invited to join a closed social media network designed only for them, yet using the power of Facebook to connect, create groups, find commonalities, and converse with each other virtually.

Students are receiving invitations by e-mail. Participation is completely voluntary – they only sign up if they wish to.

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Spring Tours, March 30-April 2

Since many schools have spring break during this period, we have expanded our regularly offered tour program on March 30-April 2 to accommodate additional visitors. During that time period, we will be offering six tours each day in order to meet the anticipated increased demand.

Reservations are required for all family tours and may be made online at admissions.ucsc.edu/campustours. Group tours of students from schools or colleges must be requested in advance online.

Spaces fill quickly, so please encourage students and families to sign up soon.


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Spring Spotlight 2015, April 3-11

Spring Spotlight 2015, April 3-11

To help our admitted students learn if UC Santa Cruz is the right fit for them, we offer Spring Spotlight, which will be held this year during April 3-11, excluding April 5. For newly admitted students only, Spring Spotlight includes daily student-led walking tours, providing an overview of the academic, residential, and student-life experience at UCSC. Students and their families will be able to see the residential colleges, attend presentations, and visit classrooms.

To focus on transfer-specific needs, we have scheduled sessions for transfer students only on April 10 and 11.

Spring Spotlight offers a rich experience for admitted students, including presentations and question-and-answer sessions designed especially for them, so we highly recommend that admitted students attend Spring Spotlight rather than a regularly scheduled campus tour.

Spring Spotlight is for admitted students only, and access to the reservation site is limited. Students must make reservations online after March 15 using their UCSC Student ID Number. The direct link to the Spring Spotlight site is admissions.ucsc.edu/visit/spring-spotlight/.

Please help us inform your admitted students about Spring Spotlight. And remind them to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress in layers for our changeable coastal climate!

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Spotlight Mondays, April-May

Spotlight Mondays, April-May

We realize that not all students may have the opportunity or funds to visit colleges in person this year. For these students and for others, Spotlight Mondays via PrepTalk might be the perfect solution.

This is an opportunity for students – especially those admitted for fall 2015 – to experience the campus virtually from their own computers. These free events will be a chance for admitted and prospective students and their families to learn more about UCSC, to connect with staff, faculty, and students, and to have their questions answered through live online discussions.

Please encourage your students to join us, meet our knowledgeable Admissions staff, and find out more about UCSC! You can also take advantage of the video chat hours by streaming them in your career centers, or wherever students may drop by.

More information and registration

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Student-Initiated Outreach Events, April 9-11

One of the most exciting programs for admitted students this spring is the Student-Initiated Outreach events. This year, three student groups -- the African/Black Student Alliance, the Filipino Student Association, and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA) -- are reaching out to admitted students by offering overnight programs on campus the weekend of April 9-11. All admitted students from California are invited to apply for the programs, and they received an e-mail in March.

Destination Higher Education

Destination Higher Education - The African/Black Student Alliance's program, Destination Higher Education (DHE), introduces newly admitted students to the African/Black community and student life on the UC Santa Cruz campus. DHE provides personal, social, and academic workshops that focus on the Black Experience at UC Santa Cruz and are presented by African/Black students at UC Santa Cruz. In addition, the weekend features workshops and interactive activities focused around community issues as well as current events. Students who are interested in attending, or who have any questions about Destination Higher Education, should e-mail ucscdhe@gmail.com. They should be sure to include their name, telephone number, and address in the e-mail.
Destination Higher Education Schedule of Events

A Step Forward - A Step Forward introduces UC Santa Cruz, the Filipino Student Association community, and college life to newly admitted students. It focuses on the Filipino experience on this campus. The three-day event provides students with a chance to meet fellow admitted students to the university, as well as make connections with current students from the campus. It is also a chance to get important information on making the transition into the university go smoothly. Students who are interested in attending, or who have any questions about A Step Forward, should e-mail asf19.fsa@gmail.com. In their e-mail, students should include their name, address, phone number, current school, city, proposed major, and questions they would like answered while visiting. Here is a link of the past experiences of A Step Forward weekend: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVLWsPQu_tE

A Step Forward Schedule of Events

Oportunidades Rumbo A La Educacion

ORALE - ORALE, which stands for Oportunidades Rumbo A La Educacion, is a program presented by Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA) in support of the Latino/a community at UC Santa Cruz. ORALE focuses on the Latino/a experience at UC Santa Cruz. The program consists of workshops that educate the students about important aspects of college life, such as student resources, financial aid, academic support, EOP (Educational Opportunity Programs), etc. Students who are interested in attending, or who have questions about ORALE, should e-mail oralemecha2015@gmail.com. In their e-mail, they should be sure to include the following information: name, telephone number, address, name of school, and grade level.
ORALE Schedule of Events

Please apply early, as spaces are limited. Since these events take place concurrently, students may only apply for one space in a Student-Initiated Outreach program. Students who require accommodations for disability, language, or dietary needs, should include that information in their e-mail.


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