MEDIA ADVISORY: UC Santa Cruz's new year getting under way

UC Santa Cruz students began moving into university housing today (Friday, September 16), in anticipation of the 2005-06 school year. The first day of instruction in the fall quarter is Thursday, September 22.

'Move-in' activities begin on Friday, September 16
The fall-quarter "move in" for students living on campus continues through Sunday, September 18. (See attached schedule for photo opportunities.)

Here are some facts and figures about this year's student body, new academic programs the campus is offering, and new buildings that are under construction:


UCSC is expecting an average 2005-06 enrollment of 14,995 students; the projection for the fall quarter alone, historically the quarter with the most students, is 15,510.

Of those students enrolling in the fall, 14,010 are expected to be undergraduates; 1,500 are projected to enroll in graduate studies. Of the 14,010 undergraduates expected to enroll, approximately 4,050 will be new students (3,100 freshmen and 950 transfer students). These 4,050 new undergraduates were admitted from among nearly 23,000 applicants to UCSC.

Profile of New Freshmen:

The most popular majors among freshmen who have already declared are in the many areas of the biological sciences, in business economics, and in psychology.

Approximately half of the freshmen have declared a major. The other half have expressed interest in a more general academic area of interest, 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.

Of the 3,100 freshmen expected, more than 1,200 (39 percent) identified themselves as African American, Chicano, Latino, American Indian, or Asian/Asian American. The average grade-point average (G.P.A.) of admitted freshmen is 3.69.

New Academic Programs for UCSC Students:


o New Ed.D. in collaborative leadership (with San Jose State University and California State University, Monterey Bay)

Feminist Studies

o B.A. program name change from "women's studies" to "feminist studies"

Film and Digital Media

o New B.A. concentration in critical studies

Jack Baskin School of Engineering - Applied Mathematics and Statistics

o New undergraduate minor in statistics

Jack Baskin School of Engineering - Computer Engineering

o New undergraduate minor in computer technology

o New B.S. concentrations in computer systems, digital hardware, multimedia systems, networks, and systems programming

Latin American and Latino Studies/Literature

o New B.A. combined major


o Music undergraduate minor name change to "Western art music"

New Buildings/Other Infrastructure Projects:

A number of construction projects are under way on campus and will continue through much of the 2005-06 academic year. The projects include:

o McHenry Library Expansion: After 10 years of planning, the McHenry Library Addition and Renovation Project will take a giant step toward reality as construction begins this fall. The expanded and renovated McHenry Library will provide increased space to better serve library users. Site preparation began last week with ground clearing in or very near the project footprint. The project, scheduled for completion in 2009, will provide the campus with an outstanding, architecturally designed building in a setting of terraced reading gardens, redwoods, and cherry trees.

o Kerr Hall: To prepare for the relocation of administrative offices resulting from the McHenry Library project, construction is occurring on Kerr Hall's interior and in its parking area. The relocation of offices is scheduled to take place by the beginning of January.

o Emergency Response Center: In order to consolidate campus emergency services, construction began several weeks ago on the Emergency Response Center, located in the south part of campus near the Carriage House and Women's Center. Construction is expected to take 18 months to two years.

o Hahn Student Services retrofit project: The Hahn Student Services Building will be undergoing seismic retrofit construction for the 2005-06 academic year. First-floor offices will be open and available, but there may be some rerouting of pedestrian and car traffic at times. Second-floor offices have relocated to Baskin Engineering or Kerr Hall for the duration of this project.

o Humanities and Social Sciences Facility: Underground utilities are almost completely installed, and foundations and grading are nearly completed for the Humanities and Social Sciences Facility, a three-building complex located north of Cowell College at the northwest corner of Hagar and McLaughlin Drives. The project is scheduled for completion in 2006.

o Physical Sciences Building: Work has resumed on this project, and the building is expected to be completed by spring 2006.

For more information about these projects, please go to:

Change in Nighttime Parking:

Nighttime parking permits are now required on campus, as of September 1. For more information, please go to:


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 16:

Chancellor Denice D. Denton and other academic and administrative representatives visit the colleges and residence halls; greet arriving students and families (approximately 1:30 to 5:45 p.m.)

UCSC's chancellor, Denice D. Denton, will visit six of the campus's ten colleges and greet arriving students and their families. She will be accompanied during her afternoon tour by Interim Campus Provost David Kliger and other academic and administrative leaders.

Chancellor Denton's visitation schedule: Kresge College, 1:30-2 p.m.; Oakes College, 2-2:30 p.m.; Merrill College, 3-3:30 p.m.; Crown College, 3:30-4 p.m.; College Nine, 4-4:45 p.m.; and

College Ten, 5-5:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 17:

Chancellor Denton and academic and administrative representatives continue their tour of the colleges and residence halls; greet arriving students and families (approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon)

Chancellor Denton and academic and administrative representatives will greet arriving students and their families during visits to the other four college sites.

Chancellor Denton's visitation schedule: College Eight, 9:30-10 a.m.; Porter College, 10-10:30 a.m.; Cowell College, 11-11:30 a.m.; and Stevenson College, 11:30 a.m.-noon.