Come Visit Us This Summer!

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2016

We are always encouraging your students to come visit Santa Cruz and see our campus, but you and your family might want to visit too, and summer is the perfect time to go, even if it's only for a quick day trip. Following are some highlights on campus and in the community during the summer:

Campus ToursThe Admissions Office continues its Campus Tours Program on weekdays throughout the summer. Our informative student tour guides provide insight into the undergraduate experience, highlight our academic opportunities, and showcase our stunning campus environment.

Family campus tours are approximately one hour and thirty minutes long and combine walking and shuttle transportation throughout the 2,000-acre campus. Reservations are required and may be made online.

Group Tour reservations (tours for schools, educational programs, or community-based organizations with groups of six or more people) can be made online. Group tour requests are taken up to one year in advance.

Families should schedule a visit on one of our regular weekday tours, even if the group consists of more than five members.

More about Campus Tours

In addition to taking a campus tour, prospective transfer students may want to sign up for one of our Transfer Information Sessions. These small-group sessions cover:

  • Junior-level transfer admissions requirements

  • Selection criteria for UC Santa Cruz

  • Selective majors requiring specific academic preparation prior to admission

  • Policies such as credit limitations and repeated courses

More about Transfer Information Sessions

Other campus activities, such as art exhibits, workshops, and sales, take place on campus and at UCSC's off-campus affiliates throughout the summer. To see what's happening, check the following web sites:

Campus Calendar
UCSC Arboretum
Seymour Marine Discovery Center at UCSC's Long Marine Lab
Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton

The Santa Cruz area itself is a tourist destination, especially in the summer, with its miles of scenic beaches, towering redwood forests, an old-fashioned seaside amusement park, and numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature viewing. Family-friendly, inexpensive activities abound. The City of Santa Cruz is a diverse, dynamic town with a lively arts scene and interesting shops.

Downtown Santa Cruz
Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Wharf

Why not try paddle boarding in Santa Cruz this summer? Photo by Laura Acevedo-Cabrera.
Why not try paddle boarding in Santa Cruz this summer? Photo by Laura Acevedo-Cabrera.

Here are just a few events happening in the community this summer:

First Friday Santa Cruz
Celebrate the arts each month as dozens of venues showcase Santa Cruz's wealth of artists.
First Friday of every month.

Seymour Center Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Marine Mammal Research Tours, Younger Lagoon Reserve Tours, and Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf Tours.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
54th Season: July 31-August 13, 2016
Venues: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street
Nestldown in the Santa Cruz Mountains
This summer audiences will participate in an historic happening when Maestra Marin Alsop celebrates her 25th anniversary and farewell season. Dance, film, and chorus will punctuate the excitement as Alsop and the Festival Orchestra are joined by 11 composers in residence and dozens of guest artists for multiple premieres, orchestra programs, chamber concerts, and daily activities.

Capitola Summer Twilight Concerts
June 8-August 24, 2016
Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper, and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset. Twelve Wednesday evening concerts

For further information:
UCSC's Visitor Guide, which is useful throughout the year, contains maps, activities, self-guided tours of the campus, and Santa Cruz community information.

The web site for the Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors' Council has excellent information to help you plan your trip, including a searchable database of local accommodations and a dining guide.

Please note: If you're coming from Central or Southern California, you may find the mornings and evenings a bit chilly. Dress in layers, and if you're planning to visit campus, wear comfortable walking shoes for our hilly terrain.