A lifetime of connection starts today

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New UC Santa Cruz students mingled with fellow incoming students and alumni at events throughout California this summer as part of a pilot series aptly named Slug Summer Send-Offs.  Incoming students and their families shared in the thrill of becoming Banana Slugs, created new connections, and learned more about what to expect when they arrive at UCSC this fall at 9 events across the state.

More than 3,400 new students and family members registered for the events, hosted by generous alumni and parents at a mix of private homes and public venues. UCSC alumni and staff, including representatives from housing and student life, student affairs, and admissions, shared invaluable information about the university. The in-person events were so well received that a virtual option was offered in order to meet additional demand. 

“The Slug Send-Offs are a wonderful opportunity for our incoming students to make new friends and learn more about UC Santa Cruz in a small, intimate setting,” says Lauren Taylor, assistant director for early engagement. “It really helps them feel more confident and comfortable when they arrive here in the fall.”

“For our new students, we’re helping to build a lifetime of connection to UC Santa Cruz by starting with this nexus of friendship and support,” says John D. Pine, assistant vice chancellor for alumni engagement.

“Alumni and family support is really critical to the program’s success,” Pine says. “They can host an event at their home or business or simply attend a Slug Send-Off event in their community. Parents have a chance to meet one another, and it gives alumni the opportunity to support our newest Banana Slugs.”

Plans are already underway for next summer’s send-off series, including events at more locations in California and across the country. For information about getting involved with next year’s Slug Summer Send-Offs or hosting an event, contact Lauren Taylor.

Fun 2022 admissions facts: More than 65,000 students applied for freshman admission and over 11,650 students applied for transfer admission, representing almost all 50 states and 35 countries. It was a highly competitive pool—in over 56 percent of the applications received, students reported a GPA of 4.0 or higher. UCSC looks to welcome 5,700 incoming students to campus this fall!