Banana Slug Day Has Passed

Thank you to all our wonderful guests at Banana Slug Day on April 15, 2023! We enjoyed seeing you on campus. If you are still interested in visiting the campus, check out our many in-person and virtual options on our Tours page

Banana Slug Day

Saturday, April 15, 2023
Quarry Amphitheatre and Plaza
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Admitted students, join us for a special preview day! This will be a chance for you and your family to celebrate your admission, tour our beautiful campus, and connect with our extraordinary community. Events will include a keynote address, campus tours led by a student S.L.U.G. (Student Life and University Guide), next steps presentations, majors and resource tables, and live student performances. Local food trucks will be on-site offering a variety of meals for purchase. Invite up to two guests, and come experience Banana Slug life -- we can't wait to meet you!

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Keynote: Ebonée Williams

AVC, Student Success and Equity
Location: Quarry Plaza

Hear from your Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Success and Equity! A passionate and accomplished student affairs professional, AVC Williams is also a first-generation college student with a PhD in chemical engineering. AVC Williams will introduce you to the many programs and experiences on campus that foster student success and equity, two values that are at the core of our campus ethos.

Opening remarks by AVC, Enrollment Management Michelle Whittingham.

Keynote Speaker - Ebonée Williams

Your Next Steps

Location: Classroom Unit 2
You want to say #yes2UCSC! What now?? Our Undergraduate Admissions staff will guide you and your family through your next steps, and host a Q&A session.

In addition, find out more about our residential colleges and what it’s like to live and learn in these communities! Every undergraduate, whether living on campus or not, is affiliated with one of our 10 residential colleges. Discover how this experience can enhance both your intellectual and social life on campus.

Merill and Crown College

Campus Tour

Starting Location: Quarry Amphitheatre
Join our friendly, knowledgeable student tour guides as they lead you on a walking tour of the beautiful UC Santa Cruz campus! Get to know the environment where you may be spending your time for the next few years. Explore the residential colleges, dining halls, classrooms, libraries, and favorite student hangout spots, all on our lovely campus between the sea and the trees! Can’t wait? Take a virtual tour now!

Group of tour guides

Student Resources & Majors Fair

Location: Quarry Plaza
Is there tutoring available on campus? What about mental health services? How can you build community with your fellow Banana Slugs? This is a chance to begin connecting with some current students, faculty, and staff members! Explore your chosen major(s), meet the members of a club or activity you’re interested in, and get connected with support services such as Financial Aid and Housing.


Transfer Presentation

Location: Humanities Lecture Hall
At UC Santa Cruz, we love our transfer students! Find out what’s next on your transfer journey and what awaits you when you get here. Our community can’t wait to welcome you, including Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS), and other campus groups dedicated to supporting your academic and personal success! Lunch will be included!

Presented by Undergraduate Admissions.


Black Excellence Reception

Location: Multipurpose Room at John R. Lewis College
Connect with the strong, vibrant Black community at UC Santa Cruz! Bring your guests with you, and meet some of our many supportive and inspiring faculty members, staff, and current students. Guests include AVC of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Judith Estrada, Asst. Professor of Planetary Sciences Dr. Myrium Telus, and a panel of students and alumni. Find out about student organizations and resource centers dedicated to supporting and uplifting the Black community on our campus! Breakfast will be included!