On-Campus Resources

Academic Resource Center (ARC): is a collaborative of offices that encourage academic success, including Learning Support Services and Educational Opportunities Program.

Academic Advising: if you haven’t already, introduce yourself to your college’s Academic Adviser. Your Academic Adviser is available to assist you with educational concerns and academic planning.

Basic Needs: College can be a challenging time; access to affordable and healthy food, stable housing, and comprehensive mental health resources should not be an additional stressor. The Basic Needs office serves as an online hub for information on food, housing, health & wellness, and financial security resources, both on-campus at UCSC and off-campus in the greater Santa Cruz community.

Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE): The CARE program provides support, advocacy, resources and violence prevention education to the UC Santa Cruz community. We respond to the needs of students, staff, faculty and non-affiliates impacted by stalking, dating/domestic violence and sexual assault by providing free and confidential advocacy and support. CARE also works collaboratively with students, faculty and staff to educate the campus community about the vital role that each of us has in preventing violence and creating social justice locally and globally.

Career Center: the Career Center can help you discover your job interests and compatibilities, provide career advising, connect you with employment and internship opportunities, explain how to apply to graduate school and more.

Counseling and Psychological Services: CAPS provides individual, group, family and couples counseling. Counselors see students with a wide variety of concerns— from depression and anxiety to academic stress, as well as Psychiatric Services

CSO Program (UCSC): Community Safety Officers (CSOs) work in conjunction with the UC Police, UC Fire and the administration of university residential communities (both on- and off-campus) to ensure a safe and secure living environment for all residents. CSOs are trained in emergency response, first aid, CPR, and disaster response, and they carry radios linked to University Police Dispatch. Teamwork is a highly valued skill in our program and our CSOs work in teams to provide consistent service across campus and in all residential communities.

Health Center: the Cowell Student Health Center provides on-campus health care.

Peer Academic Success CoachesPeer academic success coaches offer support and guidance to their fellow students. Peer coaches are trained to help you adjust to academic life at UCSC, navigate campus resources, set goals, explore majors, and manage your time effectively. Take advantage of this great (and free!) opportunity.

Learning Support Services (LSS): this is the place to go if you need tutoring for a class.

The Lionel Cantú GLBTI Resource Center: The Cantú Queer Center at UC Santa Cruz exists to provide an open, safe, inclusive, intercultural space, promoting education about all genders and sexualities, and empowering self-exploration of these identities. 

Athletics and Recreation: taking care of your body is an important part of managing stress and maintaining physical and emotional health. Check out the Wellness Center, as well as the numerous PE classes offered each quarter.

Slug Support: The UCSC Slug Support Program was created to promote early intervention with students of concern to prevent culminating problems from escalating into a crisis. The goal of the Slug Support Program is to identify students of concern and develop an action plan focusing on retention through provision of support and resources. A list of currently available technology resources is available here. Additionally, more information regarding tech support, as well as future updates, are available at this same webpage.

Slug Mentor NetworkThe Slug Mentor program enhances the student experience by linking them one-on-one with a peer mentor. Students are paired with someone invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges, and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges and gain career advice. At the same time, mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.

Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS): provides the extra academic and personal support for transfer, re-entry and readmitted students to benefit fully from their education at UCSC whether they are full-or part-time.

Student Union Assembly: The SUA Office is a non-partisan, confidential, office of advocates/caseworkers that assist students in need. They address both micro and macro level issues in student life to create a more cohesive, fair, and equitable campus environment.

Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR): are you looking for peer support and a social connection? Get plugged into one of the numerous on-campus student organizations and clubs.

Student Health and Outreach Promotion (SHOP)SHOP supports the mission of Student Health Services by fostering healthier lifestyle choices to reduce health risk factors, improve overall wellness and maintain a productive, active and successful student body.

Transportation and Parking Services: see especially Disabled and Medical Parking and Disability Van Service.

The Women's CenterThe UCSC Women’s Center affirms the dignity and diversity of all women. The center continues and challenges feminist traditions by creating community space for all women and their allies to achieve individual and social change. The Women’s Center provides space, staff, and resources to encourage women’s involvement in all aspects of university life and to establish and deepen connections with the Santa Cruz community and beyond.

Ethnic Resource Centers: