New First Year Students

We are so excited to welcome you to the Crown and UCSC Family. Your next four years will be filled with opportunities, fun, and of course some learning too. As your Crown College Advisers we will be working alongside you on your journey to graduation. We are on your team here and ready to answer any questions you may have and connect you with other resources on campus. We may not know every answer, but we are a great place to start. Feel free to read our bios and get to know us a little better--we look forward to getting to know you over the next few years. 

**Your Crown Advisers are hosting group advising sessions via zoom the week of July 20th. Please see the email sent to you on 7/15 about scheduling an appointment in your UCSC email.***

Another member of your team are your Major Advisers located inside the Academic Departments across campus. You will work more with your major advisers when it gets closer to declaring your major and upper division coursework. Your major advisers are a huge asset but you will mostly be working with us in your first two years.

Finally, we want to introduce you to your Crown Peer Advisers. Our Peer Advisers are undergraduate students who are available as a resource to their peers for basic academic advising. They are trained to provide assistance through student-to-student interactions, also using personal experience for further support. In the Fall, your Crown Peer Advisers are available everyday in the office to assist with figuring out how to navigate your MyUCSC portal, assisting with enrollment (adding, swapping, editing classes), finding and choosing GE and elective courses, helping you find the correct form, and providing other helpful tips, just to name a few. You will also find helpful quotes from our Peer Advisers throughout this webpage. Until the fall quarter starts, you will be working with your Orientation Leaders with peer questions and concerns. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It is abundant here, and available, but only if you ask for it. This is something I had a lot of trouble with, and once I started seeking help when I needed it, things became much easier. - Nina

Getting Started/Orientation

The most important thing you can do this summer to prepare for your transition to UCSC is to complete your Slug Orientation. You will get information on everything you need to know. The best part is you can go through it at your pace, so if the information gets overwhelming, take a break and then get back to it. This is definitely one of the benefits for online orientation. Just make sure you are completing each of the sections by their deadlines

 Make sure to complete the Slug Orientation on time! The earlier you complete Courses 1 and 2, the earlier you’ll be able to get an enrollment appointment, and the earlier the enrollment appointment the better chance you get into enrolling into the classes you may actually want. -Anne

The Crown Element

Crown might have a lot of science elements, but all majors are welcome here! Crown students connect through creativity and community. It is very easy to feel welcome at Crown and to get plugged in. 

Crown Activities 

The Crown Programs Office hosts a variety of events throughout the year. You can start connecting with them now via the Crown Instagram

Crown Core Course

As part of your Crown Core Course, you will have a summer reading assignment. The readings will help prepare you for the Crown and UCSC experience. Information on summer 2020 reading is not available yet, you will receive an email with this information and the website will be updated as well.


When you’re coming in as a frosh, it may not seem like it but know that other frosh are in the same situation as you and are just as lost as you are. You’re not alone on this! - Tiffany

Selecting a major at UCSC

The ideal major should be the combination of skills and passions--if you don’t have both it's likely not a good fit. Most people think they need to know exactly what they want to major in before coming to a university, and that is not true. If you have ideas about what you would like to study, that is a great start, but it is possible your major will change. 

Major does not mean career--some careers do require specific majors, but others don’t. It’s important to do the research to find out what major is best for you.  As you try out new subjects or learn more about a subject you are already interested in, you may find that your preferences change. So even if you have a major already selected, make sure you are paying attention to what you like, or don’t like about your major courses; this may allow you to add a minor, or adjust your major courses to make the perfect fit. 

it’s okay to not know what you want to take or be a bit undecided about what you want to pursue, take this time to reassure yourself that not everyone has things figured out even if some may seem like they do, college is a place where you grow and end up learning new things about yourself. - Anne


It is completely normal to come to college unsure about your major! And in many ways is better to be undecided and explore at the beginning verus changing halfway through your time at UCSC. Here are some tips and things to think about:

  • Use the Getting Started Guides to see a list of all the UCSC majors and videos about each major--intrigued by a subject or major? Explore your level of interest by taking an introductory course! 
  • UCSC groups majors into Advising Clusters--this can be a good way to connect with multiple majors at once.
  • Use GEs to your advantage - explore majors by taking one of their courses for a GE credit
  • Thinking med school or grad school? Some grad schools do not care what you major in, but others have specific requirements. If you aren’t sure about yours look into specific grad programs to see what they require. 
  • Any information is good information. If you take a class and didn’t enjoy it at all, you can probably cross that subject off your list.
  • Think critically about your skills/interests using self-assessments such as FOCUS 2.


We know enrollment is one of your top priorities this summer and we understand. Much of what you need to know is found inside the Slug Orientation Course 2. We will also be talking more about enrollment during Virtual Advising Days (more specific information on this to follow). However, we can point you towards several resources and things to think about when planning your fall schedule.

Major Classes 

You can find information about each major inside the UCSC Catalog. A catalog is the contract of policies between a university and its students and is a wonderful resource for all kinds of great information. Another great place to find information on requirements for your major is the Getting Started in your Major Guide. But every student is so unique and so is their schedule.

Take classes that interest you! Look for interesting GE classes as a reprieve from your major classes. College is a time to explore academically, so broaden your horizons! - Nina

Finding the Right General Education courses

Many people come to college not looking forward to their General Education classes (GEs) because they don’t see the value. Your major classes are important, but your GEs are what makes a bachelor's degree and provides you with a well rounded education. Look at this as an opportunity to explore and enjoy. UCSC offers some very diverse classes so take advantage!  However, make sure you sign up for classes that are numbered 99 and below (lower division) for your first couple of quarters--you will be in upper division before you know it, but not just yet.  Many of your major classes will also satisfy GE requirements, so don’t worry about satisfying them immediately.  We can help you work on a long term plan to make sure all your GE’s are completed by the time you graduate. 

Actually enrolling in classes

The Orientation Office has some great videos for enrolling in courses and will have their wonderful Orientation Leaders available for help when enrolling. Please reach out to them first, if they feel like the question is directed at us they will either refer you to contact us directly on your behalf. 

In future quarters, you will be enrolling on your own so we recommended meeting with Crown Advisers or Peer Advisers in advance to answer any questions you may have.

I learned to have all of your classes in your shopping cart and have the enrollment page open right before your allotted time. 5 minutes before you enroll check that all of the classes are still available if they’re not then to have some backups. -Bruno

Academic Resources and tips! 

College is all about learning in collaboration. You will learn from faculty members and with faculty members. You will also learn from and with your peers and campus as a whole. No one makes it through their college years alone, and you are not expected to figure everything out on your own. This is why advisers and other academic resources exist! 

Know where to go to find help from someone more experienced. Things will be different from high school, there won’t be an academic check-in. Be responsible and wary of deadlines and seek help when you need it. Also, there won’t be a single spot to go for it; these resources are branched out to address the specific assistance needed! - Vivian


Campus Involvement

Studies have shown that students who are involved on campus do better academically and graduate sooner. Involvement can help you feel more connected to your major and to UCSC. College is about learning but also about the connections you make. You don’t have to know what you want to get involved with right away, but it’s definitely a great time to explore your options!

I wish during my time in the orientation that I would’ve learned about all of the research opportunities that were available at this University. I didn’t even know that this school was research-oriented until my third year. I would’ve felt better knowing that I could start to do research at a younger age. I also wish I would have known about the clubs on campus. Not knowing the clubs doesn’t seem really important but when school starts there is a big festival where you sign up for clubs. Knowing beforehand what clubs are there can make it easier to find organizations you are interested in. -Bruno