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UCSC VETS provides support to all who have served or been affiliated with the military through their educational journey. Our staff and students educate, advocate, and engage the campus and community, valuing social responsibility and the sacrifice of all who have served.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC is a community of men and women from diverse educational, occupational, and geographic backgrounds who are devoted to the pursuit of learning. The members enjoy spirited discussion, reading, and exploring new interests. Money raised from our activities is used to fund scholarships for re-entry students at UCSC.

Smith Renaissance Society

The Smith Renaissance Society at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) serves the college dreams of independent students who are current or former foster youth, runaways, juvenile offenders, orphans, or homeless youths.

Cultivamos Excelencia

The principal goal of Cultivamos Excelencia is to motivate and retain Latinx and other historically underserved students to complete a degree at UC Santa Cruz.  By working together with San Jose City College, we incorporate academic coursework, mentoring, transfer advising, and participation in undergraduate research.


Reentry students are defined as undergraduates twenty-five years and older, graduate students twenty-nine and over, students who have had a substantial break in their formal education, military veterans, and student parents regardless of age. Our reentry programs provide robust scholarship opportunities and social gatherings.