Prospective Students

Dear Banana Slug,
 
First off, we extend our congratulations on having made it this far in your academic careers! We are well aware of the path you have navigated to gain acceptance to a four-year university—an arduous one at best. So let us celebrate the fact that you are here, and ready for the long journey ahead.
 
We look forward to meeting and working along your side, and to prepare and identify your academic goals and personal aspirations.
 
We are writing to invite you to participate in the 2019-20 540Extended Orientation that we will host from July 23rd-July 28th. This free, week-long, all-inclusive orientation is designed to support and guide undocumented students in their transition to the university. Also, 540ExtendedOrientation provides a general introduction to the people and resources at UCSC that assist incoming undocumented students on their road to academic success.
During 540Extended Orientation students will:
  • Receive academic advising and a one-on-one session with an EOP Academic Counselor
  • Learn more about Financial Aid Offer Letters, budgeting, and internship opportunities
  • Attend workshops that help navigate the university with ease
  • Connect with other students, staff, and faculty with similar backgrounds who are committed to supporting undocumented students and their families 
 
Apply Now by Clicking Here: 540% Slug Extended Orientation. The survey takes about an hour to complete, and you only get one session. Please take the time to fill it out thoroughly—this is a stepping stone to helping you, as well as creating a sense of community with your fellow incoming UndocuSlugs!
 
Solidarity Disclosure:
 
Independent of the 540Extended Orientation application, we also emphasize a critical aspect affecting the upcoming years of your undergraduate experience. Whatever happens within the political system of this country, regardless of the laws that may come into effect and those that will fail, the Undocumented Student Services team and the Educational Opportunities Programs as a whole will continue to do whatever we can to support you. 
 
As a community, it is vital that we come together in solidarity despite our differences. Immigration is not only a Latinx but also a Black, Muslim, LGBTQ+ issue that affects us all. These are only a few of the various identities and communities at stake. Please consider this as you venture the university and become acquainted with different perspectives of what it means to be an Undocumented Student, as well as the many intersectionalities that exist within our marginalized group. We will continue to stand with you in the fight to become successful in the world that we live today. We vow to do anything and everything within our capacity to ensure you every needed opportunity to thrive in this campus. With that said, all we ask of you is that you navigate this environment cautiously. It is crucial that we don’t alienate those that could potentially help us, as well as those that will stand by our side.
 
 The deadline for the application is June 30th. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, call (831) 459-4055 or e-mail eopab540@ucsc.edu
 
All the best,
 
The Undocumented Student Services