Spring Spotlight 2017 Photo Gallery

Over 6,600 admitted students and guests joined us April 7-15 for Spring Spotlight 2017 for a program featuring student-led tours, academic visits, a campus resource fair, a formal presentation, student entertainment, information on our highly regarded residential college system, and our beloved mascot, Sammy Slug. Photos #1-42 by Sophia Vallis, photos #43-90 by Michael McCawley.

  • Sammy and the tour guides welcome guests with a special song and dance.
  • Sammy gets down!
  • Sammy poses with a guest.
  • Parents want to pose with Sammy too.
  • Welcome to the Haluan student hip hop troupe.
  • The Haluan troupe puts on a great show!
  • The Haluan ladies strut their stuff.
  • Cheers for the Haluan dancers!
  • Cloud 9 A Cappella.
  • Cloud 9 sings another song.
  • Another soulful song from Cloud 9.
  • A soloist from the student group Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas.
  • Los Mejicas dazzles with their beautiful costumes.
  • The skirts of the ladies' costumes swirl to the music.
  • The soloist finishes with a beautiful flourish.
  • A romantic duet.
  • The dance tells a lively, playful story.
  • The dancers strike a beautiful pose at the end, celebrating love!
  • The electrifying sabrosura dancers.
  • Sabrosura specializes in Latin dance.
  • Another pair of beautiful dancers.
  • Sabrosura charms and delights.
  • The dancers make even the most difficult moves look effortless.
  • The UCSC Cheer team takes the stage.
  • Beautifully synchronized moves.
  • Don't try this at home!
  • They say that strong is the new pretty. Let's hear it for the athletic ladies of UCSC Cheer!
  • A charming portrait of Sammy with a tour guide.
  • Sammy poses with another tour guide.
  • Who can resist posing with Sammy?
  • A family portrait with Sammy!
  • A father-daughter team poses with Sammy.
  • Sammy laughs it up with a current student.
  • Sammy poses with more guests.
  • A lovely mother-daughter portrait with Sammy.
  • Sammy always makes new friends, wherever he goes.
  • Sammy and a current student compare notes.
  • Sammy posing with a mother and a daughter.
  • Sammy loves posing with families.
  • Another charming mother-daughter portrait.
  • Sammy posing with some cute future Banana Slugs!
  • Sammy is always laughing and playing.
  • Guests are greeted at the registration table.
  • Another view of the registration table.
  • Guests gather around the Admissions booth.
  • Representatives from the Arts Division were on hand to answer questions.
  • The Division of Humanities.
  • The Divisions of Physical and Biological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • Our professional school, the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.
  • Tours Manager Susan Burrowes (left) and Assistant Director of Admissions Beatrice Atkinson-Myers (right).
  • Senior Evaluator/Admissions Counselor Joe DePage (far left) and Volunteer Coordinator Mark Welden-Smith (second from left) answer families' questions.
  • Sammy poses with a beautiful group of future Banana Slugs.
  • Let's get our picture taken with Sammy!
  • Families get their pictures taken with Sammy for a cherished memento of the day.
  • The Resource Centers are an important part of student life at UCSC.
  • The African-American Resource and Cultural Center.
  • Undergraduate Research is a hallmark of UC Santa Cruz.
  • The Campus Resource Fair is busy, but with plenty of opportunities for one-on-one interactions with campus representatives.
  • UCSC's Bay Tree Bookstore will help you buy a computer, software, and peripherals that are right for you – and at student discounts.
  • Reps at the Financial Aid Booth answer families' questions.
  • Summer Session is a popular program, with a variety of useful and fun course offerings.
  • A cute picture of Sammy with some tour guides.
  • The student-run radio station, KZSC, was on hand to provide audio.
  • UC's Education Abroad Program offers education abroad in over 40 countries around the globe.
  • UCSC's award-winning dining program. Approximately 25 percent of produce served in the dining halls is organic – some of it comes from UCSC's own Farm and Garden.
  • Our lovely banners show our UCSC pride.
  • Professor Emeritus of Molecular Biology Harry Noller (pictured in this banner) recently won a prestigious $3 million Breakthrough Prize.
  • As you can see, UCSC is a big cycling campus. But beware of the hills!
  • Students and families visit the Resource Fair booths.
  • An aerial view of the scene.
  • Another bird's-eye view.
  • Students make connections with the professors and staff members who will help guide them through their education.
  • UCSC Cheer – beautiful and spirited!
  • The remarkable dancers from Sabrosura.
  • Another view of the booths.
  • Students and their families meet up with advisers and current students.
  • A sign beckons guests to the formal presentation portion of the program.
  • Entering Classroom Unit 2 for the information session.
  • More guests coming to the information session.
  • Families arrive for the presentation.
  • Note the towering redwoods on our gorgeous campus.
  • More guests arriving.
  • Beautifully wooded footpaths crisscross through the campus.
  • Guests chat as they walk to the presentation. They say that UCSC's walking paths are a good way to avoid the freshman 15!
  • Admissions tour guides prepare to lead small-group campus tours.
  • The tour guides' letters signify the smaller group tours, which make the tour experience more personal for our guests.
  • A tour guide starts off a tour.
  • A tour guide shows off the campus.
  • Another tour.
  • Goodbye, Sammy, and thank you to all our wonderful guests! Hope to see you on campus in the fall.