New Transfer Students

We are so excited to welcome you to the Crown and UCSC Family. 

Transfering can be tough no matter what school you came from. Learning an entire new school with new policies, proceedures and communications can be daunting. Adjusting to a new normal can be frustrating and we want to tell you right now that we are here for you. We will support you through all of the confusions and will be cheering you on as you find your place here at UCSC. 


slug.pngYour next two years will be filled with opportunities, fun, and of course some learning too. As your Crown College Advisers our goal is to get you connected and comfortable with UCSC and keep you on track to graduation (which we know is important to you!) 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. 

slug.pngAnother member of your team are your Major Advisers located inside the Academic Departments across campus. You will be working alot with your Major/Department Advisers since you will primarily be in upper division course work and have already chosen a major. Major Advisers are a great resource and will definitely be a big part of your journey to your bachelor degree. 

slug.pngFinally, 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.  Transfer students tend to shy away from getting involved, but connecting with your college and your major is so important and will make your UCSC experience so much better. The Crown Programs Office hosts a variety of events throughout the year. You can start connecting with them now via the Crown Instagram

You can use the Crown computer lab above the library to print! Take advantage of the pretty lawn in the upper quad and/or the picnic tables in front of Banana Joe’s on nice days. And on that note, we have Banana Joe’s! -Vivian


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.

We recommend transfer students take between 12-15 credits thier first quarter. Two major courses and elective or GE. You should not be taking more than 15 units in your first quarter. Give yourself time for adjusting to the quarter system and to a new school. We recommend taking KRSG 25 as part of your first quarter schedule. It's a transfer specific class that helps you get connected into the things you came to UCSC for! 


If you completed IGETC at your community college, it will waive your lower division GE courses. In order for this to happen, you will need to have your community college send over an IGETC Certification to UCSC Admissions--it does NOT automatically transfer with your transcript. Here is a guide to IGETC FAQs. If you did not complete IGETC but think you might have completed some of them, you have what is called a "Partial IGETC" and Admissions will contact you with the ways to easily complete your IGETC at UCSC. 

Major Classes 

You will receive direct communication from your Major Advisers about registration for major course work for the Fall. They will walk you through specific instructions for enrolling in your major courses so please read their emails carefully. 

If you want to start exploring your major, 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

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

Interested in Changing Majors?

Transfer students are admitted with a specific major. If you are interested in changing your major, you would need to get permission from the Major Department you are hoping to change to. 


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


Campus Involvement

Many times transfer students shy away from getting involved in clubs and activities but involvement usually makes the biggest difference for transfer students! It can help you feel more connected to your major, career, 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

Just for Transfers 

STARS is a specific department dedicated to transfer students just like you! They have a lounge that is only for transfer students, transfer mentoring, and much more! Be sure to attend all of their awesome events during Week of Welcome to find out about all of their services. 

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!