Advising for Transfer Students

making connections with fellow students

Welcome Cowell Transfer Students!

Taking into account your background, your educational goals, or your major, we hope to provide you with support as you strive for your goals at UCSC. One commonality we see in our transfers is the desire and motivation to finish your degree expediently and to maximize your time while doing so.  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 3rd.

Get Prepared!

These Transfer 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 (and first quarter), please complete the following steps before your Summer Orientation day or enrollment appointment time:

Step 1: Prepare to Qualify for Your Major.

Step 2: Understand UCSC's Graduation Requirements.

Step 3: Choose and Enroll in Your Fall Classes.

Step 4: Important Advising Information and Resources

Still Have Questions?

UCSC's New Student Advising Guide:

Review the UCSC New Student Advising Guide for more detailed information about our advising system, degree requirements, and what to consider as you choose your classes.

Summer Orientation:

For students attending Orientation: We will be giving a detailed presentation at each Orientation session, and you'll also have a chance to meet with one of us prior to enrolling in classes. Many questions will be answered at this time, but if you review Steps 1-4, and the New Student Advising Guide and have an urgent issue before your Orientation day, email or call (831) 459-2253.

 For students not attending Orientation: In addition to completing steps 1-4 above, please review the New Student Advising Guide, which covers most of the information you will need to know before you enroll. If you have questions for us about any of this information, please email or call (831) 459-2253.

Fall Orientation & Welcome Week:

There will also be a Mandatory College Advising Presentation during Welcome Week at Cowell College where we will discuss: graduation requirements, university deadlines and policies, the advising structure at UCSC, academic resources, as well as a presentation from the Cowell Provost on connecting with faculty. For those students who do not attend Summer Orientation, you will also have an opportunity to connect with your major advisers during Welcome Week. You will receive more information about Welcome Week later this summer.