Welcome visitors to campus this spring

To: UCSC Community

From: Michael McCawley, Director of Admissions

It is hard to believe that the first month of 2013 is now behind us, and I hope that all has gone well for you during the first few weeks of the winter quarter. With spring approaching, I wanted to remind you that we’ll again see a number of visitors to the campus in March and April, many of whom will be our newly admitted frosh and transfer students, along with their families.

You may have seen that UCSC received more than 46,000 applications for fall 2013 – a record for our campus! This is a testament to our entire campus community and the exciting opportunities that are available to our undergraduate students. To support admitted students in their university decision-making process, the Admissions Office is again inviting admitted students and their families to learn more about the campus during two key annual events:

UCSC Spring Spotlight - April 5 to April 13
(includes specific sessions for transfer students April 12-13)

This annual event provides an opportunity for admitted students and their families to visit the campus and learn more about how UC Santa Cruz might be a good fit.

Virtual Spring Spotlight – April 24

We continue to expand yield efforts with on-campus and online activities. The Office of Admissions will host this web-based college fair, providing an opportunity for newly admitted students in California and beyond to learn more about our academic, campus, and student life programs through live online text and video chats.

Admissions is also continuing to partner with student-initiated outreach efforts; student organizations play an important role in reaching out to admitted students and welcoming them to the campus. Additionally, students can schedule a campus tour through the online registration system; admitted students can reserve a spot during Spring Spotlight, and other prospective students can reserve a regular tour.

We expect more than 6,000 visitors in the next couple of months, including many who will travel from outside of California, and will be curious about university life and academic opportunities. Some of our guests may ask you questions as they tour the campus, and your helpfulness (and patience) will affirm the positive qualities and character of the UCSC community. Also, if you notice individuals or groups that seem lost, please help them find their way around campus.

Finally, all campus web sites will see increased traffic in the coming months; please take a moment to consider the online presence of your department or unit and find ways to ensure an interesting, accurate, and current presentation of our campus and programs.

If you have questions or see areas around campus that need attention, please contact Assistant Director Beatrice Atkinson-Myers in Admissions (beatrice@ucsc.edu or 459-2352) and she will work with the appropriate unit(s) to help create the best possible experience for visitors. For more information, a complete outline of the campus spring yield events is available online.

I thank you in advance for your commitment and continued partnership in yielding the best students for fall 2013!