Welcome to Advising for First-Year Students!

Begin your adventure by meeting new people!

Welcome Cowell First-Years!

Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about enrollment for your first quarter at UCSC! Students who attend Summer Orientation will enroll in fall classes through their student portal in the afternoon on their Orientation day; those who do not attend Summer Orientation will enroll on their student portal starting August 6. 

Get Prepared! 

These First-Year Advising pages will direct you to some really useful information designed to help orient new students to advising related matters and prepare you to enroll in your fall classes.  To ensure a smooth enrollment experience, please read the Frosh Advising Guide before your Summer Orientation day or enrollment appointment time:

Step 1: Explore Possible Majors

Step 2: Understand UCSC's Graduation Requirements

Step 3: The College Core and Academic Literacy Curriculum

Step 4: Building Your Class Schedule

Step 5: Important Advising Information & Resources

Next Steps

Summer Orientation:

  • For students attending Orientation: Cowell college and each major advising office will provide you with detailed information at each Orientation session.
  • For students not attending Orientation: In addition to completing steps 1–5 above, please review the Slug Videos before enrollment.
  • We have posted the Cowell Advising Presentation (*coming soon) from Orientation online, so be sure to check that out!

If you have questions for us about any of this information, please email cowell@ucsc.edu or call (831) 459-2253.


The College Core Course Summer Assignment, Curriculum & Book List

  • Be sure to bring your completed assignment to your first core course meeting.


Fall Orientation & Welcome Week:

There will also be a Mandatory College Advising Presentation during Welcome Week  where we will discuss: graduation requirements, university deadlines and policies, the advising structure at UCSC, and academic resources. For those students who do not attend Summer Orientation, you will also have an opportunity to connect with your major advisers during Welcome Week.