Transfer Orientation

Orientation includes a number of options to support your transition:

  • Summer Orientation for Transfer Students It is an expectation that all new students attend Orientation. UC Santa Cruz Orientation is a great way to begin your university experience as you enter a new community, a community of scholars. Orientation is designed to welcome new students and families to the university and to promote scholarly and social opportunities for students’ academic and personal success at UC Santa Cruz.


  • Workshops for Engineering and Science Transfers (WEST)  is designed to give students transferring from other institutions a jump-start on entering UCSC science and engineering majors. WEST fosters collaboration between students of different educational backgrounds and actively engages participants in the real processes of research through inquiry-based activities while helping build a community of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) transfer students. These 2.5-day workshops are held every year in September, just before the start of fall quarter classes.


  • Fall Welcome Week is filled with important activities and sessions designed for new students living on and off campus.