New academic year underway; instruction begins on Thursday, September 25

The first day of classes in the 2003-04 school year at UC Santa Cruz is Thursday, September 25. Students began moving into university housing on Thursday, September 18, and will do so through Sunday, September 21. (See attached schedule for photo opportunities.)

Editor's Advisory
Here are some facts and figures about this year's student body and new academic programs the campus is offering:

New Academic Programs for UCSC Students:

o The Departments of Latin American and Latino Studies and Sociology are offering a new combined major.

o The Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are jointly offering a new bachelor's degree in health sciences.

o In Language Studies, concentrations in modern Hebrew and Russian have been added.

o The Department of History is offering a new master's program.

o A new interdisciplinary master's program in digital arts/new media is being offered.


UCSC is expecting a 2003-04 enrollment of approximately 14,500 students.

Of the 14,500 students, approximately 13,100 are expected to be undergraduates; 1,400 are projected to enroll in graduate studies over the course of the year.

Of the 13,100 undergraduates expected to enroll in the academic year, approximately 4,500 will be new students (3,500 freshmen and 1,000 transfer students).

These 4,500 new undergraduates were admitted from among nearly 27,000 applicants, a record number for UCSC.

Profile of New Freshmen:

Of the total number of freshmen expected, approximately 850 identified themselves as either African American, American Indian, Asian/Asian American, Chicano, or Latino; of the freshmen enrolled last fall, a total of 755 were from those ethnic groups.

The most popular majors among freshmen who have already declared are in the areas of the biological sciences and psychology, with approximately 300 students each. The Jack Baskin School of Engineering attracted approximately 200 freshmen in its majors.

Approximately 40 percent of the freshmen have not declared a major. In an effort to better focus these students' selection of lower-division courses, UCSC has given them the option of selecting a "cluster" subject area of interest. Nearly 1,300 undeclared students are participating in this advising program to date, having selected one of the following clusters: business and economics; education; environmental sciences; human psychology, culture, and society; information sciences, engineering, and technology; languages, literatures, and communication; liberal arts and area studies; life and health sciences; physical sciences and math; and visual and performing arts and media.


UCSC administrators are available for phone or in-person interviews to discuss the campus's enrollment projections, the entering class, and other "back-to-school" subjects.

To schedule an interview, please call UCSC's Public Information Office at (831) 459-2495 (weekdays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.).


Photo Opportunities

Friday, September 19:

Chancellor Greenwood, other senior administrators visit the colleges and residence halls; greet arriving students and families (approximately 1:30 to 5:15 p.m.)*

UCSC's chancellor, M.R.C. Greenwood, will visit six of the campus's ten colleges and greet arriving students and their families at residence halls. She will be accompanied during her afternoon tour by Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor John Simpson; a UCSC vice chancellor, Francisco Hernandez of Student Affairs; Lynda Goff, vice provost and dean for undergraduate education; and two associate vice chancellors, Jean Marie Scott of Colleges and University Housing Services and Christina Valentino of Business and Administrative Services.

Administrators' visitation schedule: Kresge College, 1:30-2 p.m.; Oakes College, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Crown College, 3-3:30 p.m.; Merrill College, 3:30-4 p.m.; College Nine, 4:15-4:45; and College Ten, 4:45-5:15 p.m.

Saturday, September 20:

Chancellor Greenwood and administrators continue their tour of the colleges and residence halls; greet arriving students and families (approximately 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)

Chancellor Greenwood and other senior administrators will greet arriving students and their families during visits to the other four college sites (Porter, College Eight, Cowell, Stevenson) and the Village. Administrators' visitation schedule: Porter College, 9-9:30 a.m.; College Eight, 9:45-10:15 a.m.; Cowell College, 10:30-11 a.m.; Stevenson College, 11-11:30 a.m.; and the Village, 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

* Because of a conflict with this week's Regents meeting, Chancellor Greenwood will join other administrators midway through the afternoon tour on Friday, September 19. She is expected to join the tour at Oakes College between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m.