eSlug Newsletter Winter 2016

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.

It seems unbelievable to me that we’re already half through the month of February when it seems like I was just ringing in the onset of 2016. As you can imagine, with a record number of applications for the upcoming fall, our entire Admissions team has had their heads buried in reviewing those applications. I want to personally thank you for your role in helping us to achieve our all-time high in both frosh and transfer applications, nearly 60,000 students interested in attending UC Santa Cruz in fall 2016.

Our campus received just over 49,000 applications from first-year students, and nearly 10,000 applications from junior-level transfers, for a whopping total of 59,102. Frosh applications grew by 7.9% and transfer applications by 13.3%, reflecting on the efforts of our staff, students, faculty, alums, and counselors like you. The ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of the applicants is also something to celebrate. To see the full story about our fall 2016 numbers, click here for our recent media release.

So what happens when you receive a record number of applications? You celebrate for about five minutes and then you turn your attention to thoroughly reviewing each and every one of them, which is exactly what our team has been doing since December. During this time, we are unable to conduct school visits, and I’m sorry for that, but the process of review and evaluation is exacting and demands everyone’s full attention. The payoff comes when we release our decisions in mid-March. All frosh decisions will be released March 15, and our transfer decisions will begin being released on March 17 and continue through the end of April.

Once our decisions are released, thousands of students and their families will wonder if UC Santa Cruz is the right campus for them. I know this is a stressful time, but it’s also a very exciting time. To assist students and their families with this important decision-making process, we have increased our campus tours at the end of the March, and we’ll again be hosting an exclusive event for admitted students, Spring Spotlight, from April 1 to 9 (excluding April 3). Reservations for tours are available online through the Admissions web site, and Spring Spotlight reservations will be available once our decisions are released.

I know that many students are unable to travel to our campus during this time, and for them we have a wealth of online resources and events to help them learn all they can about UCSC. Our Spotlight Mondays will feature special topics that admitted students should find interesting, and our virtual tour is the next best thing to being here! We have chats and info sessions covering a range of topics, so please help us spread the word, especially for those students who can’t visit us in person. And don’t forget to remind your students about the March 2 FAFSA/Dream App deadline, the most important date for students interested in financial aid, grants, and scholarships.

Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out to my colleagues at UC Davis who recently selected Associate Director Ebony Lewis as their new Executive Director of Admissions, beginning February 22. UC Davis couldn’t have selected a more qualified individual than Ebony, as she has proven time and again in her many years with UCSC’s Office of Admissions. I hope you take the time to read the article in this edition about Ebony and her new position, and help me congratulate her as she assumes her new duties next week. Ebony leaves behind a legacy of success at UC Santa Cruz, and we will all miss her very much. My profound thanks to her on behalf of our entire Admissions team, and on behalf of the entire UCSC community. Good luck, Ebony!