Message from the Director of Admissions

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2017

Michael McCawley (right) talks with a family at a recent UCSC Admissions event. Photo by Dani Milner.

Michael McCawley (right) talks with a family at a recent UCSC Admissions event. Photo by Dani Milner.

The summer months are always an interesting time for UC Santa Cruz. We celebrate our graduates, which this year topped 4,800. We continue to work with the newly admitted students who chose UCSC as their campus to begin this fall, and we experience the excitement of those students who will be attending Summer Session and/or coming to Summer Orientation. In addition, we plan our fall travel for events like college fairs and school visits, as we prepare for the students who will be applying for fall 2018 and beyond. It is indeed a busy time right now, but not too busy to recognize some important changes in the Admissions Office.

We recently hired a new Assistant Director of Global Admissions, Christopher Peltier, who will oversee our international and out-of-state recruitment and admission efforts. We’re pleased to have a seasoned veteran like Chris join the Admissions team, and you can learn more about him in the Admissions Staff Update story.

I’m also very pleased to announce that we have a new Associate Director of Admissions – Outreach, a position previously held by Ebony Lewis. Our new Associate Director may be familiar to a number of you – Beatrice Atkinson-Myers, who has served for many years as one of our assistant directors. Bea’s appointment is so new, in fact, that it didn’t make the staff update story, but I am excited to welcome her nonetheless to her new position. In her new capacity, Bea will oversee all outreach, recruitment, and yield efforts for our campus.

Finally, last week we said good-bye to Assistant Director Jay Shinseki, who retired after many years with the university. Not only did Jay oversee our front-line operations, he was also my assistant, so many of you probably interacted with him over the years. Our office celebrated Jay’s retirement last week with a San Francisco Giants-themed send off, but the reality of his departure still hasn’t fully sunk in…at least for me. I thank Jay for all his tremendous efforts over a decade of service to UC Santa Cruz. You will be missed, Jay!

Change can indeed be challenging, but no matter what personnel changes we have, the UCSC Office of Admissions will remain committed to providing you and your students with timely information that we hope is of benefit. For instance, our campus has recently made the decision to open to transfer applications for winter 2018. While we cannot open to every major that we offer due to curricular constraints, we are able to open in a number of highly sought-after majors. We’ve already decided that we will open for winter 2019 and winter 2020 too, which we hope helps you and your students plan ahead.

With the fall 2017 official transcript deadline at hand, you can imagine that we are awash with transcripts, and you’d be right. Thousands of official transcripts have poured in these last few weeks, and we’re busy getting those records processed. It will most likely be the middle of July before we know what records are still outstanding, and once that is determined, we’ll notify the students. Rest assured, no student has had their admission offer rescinded for missing the July 1 deadline.

Our fall enrollment picture is shaping up nicely, both on the frosh and transfer fronts. We’ll be enrolling a smaller first-year class (about 400 fewer than fall 2016), and we’ll be growing our transfer students by about 100 more than last fall. These enrollment goals look to be on track, and I’m pleased with the diversity – socioeconomic, ethnic, and geographic – of the incoming undergraduates. I’ll be sure to update you on the specifics in the fall edition of eSlug, so stay tuned for that.

I look forward to the second half of 2017, and I hope to see many of you during my travels around the state and around the globe. In the meantime, I hope you get a little time to yourself to enjoy the summer months, and whatever changes may be in store for you, I hope they’re all positive!