Summer Orientation Family Participation Program

Summer Orientation Family Participation Program

Given the complexities of navigating a research university and the importance of successfully transitioning to college, having recently admitted students attend Summer Orientation can positively impact future success and, therefore, is an expectation at UC Santa Cruz. 

Orientation is designed to welcome new students and their families to the university, and promote scholarly and social opportunities for students’ academic and personal success. While at Orientation, students have the opportunity to receive advising, enroll in fall quarter classes, tour the campus, and learn more about campus resources such as Learning Support Services, the Health Centerfinancial aid, the resource centers, college and university housing, student organizations, and career services. They also take a picture for their photo ID and develop connections with students and staff who will help assist them in their academic and personal endeavors once they arrive on campus.

Attending Orientation, however, can be challenging for some as travel expenses and fees can disproportionately impact low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students. With student success funds, the Orientation Office helpd defray the costs of attending Summer Orientation, providing fee waivers to support participation of 150 matriculated students and their families. The fee waiver helped offset the high investment required to get to campus and participate. Part of the intent was to also help increase the understanding and confidence of parents by having them join their child and learn first-hand about UC Santa Cruz and the college process. The goal was also to reduce summer "melt",  e.g., the number of students who changed their minds about attending UC Santa Cruz over the summer. 

Collaborators: Michelle Whittingham, Associate Vice Chancellor, Enrollment Management 

Lead Contact Name: Rosa Plaza
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Theme: Easing the Transition to College