Prospective Students

Dear Banana Slugs,

On behalf of the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), we extend our sincerest congratulations on having made it this far in your educational endeavors! We are well aware of the challenging path you have successfully navigated to gain acceptance to a Research 1 (R1) university. So let us celebrate the fact that you are here! We look forward to meeting you and to working collaboratively with you to ensure that you can meet all of your academic, career and personal goals.

The 540% Slug Extended Orientation program is facilitated by staff and students affiliated with Undocumented Student Services (USS). This summer transition program addresses the unique needs and challenges undocumented students face as they enter a four-year university. It is designed to prepare both first-year frosh and first-year transfer undocumented students to transition smoothly to the university and build a strong and supportive network of undocumented students at UC Santa Cruz.


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This year, the 540% Slug Extended Orientation will host 30 incoming first year undocumented students to participate in our hybrid summer program. The program will consist of two parts during which students will engage in the following activities:


Part 1 | Thursday, August 1-Friday, August 2 , 2024 (Virtual)

  • Attend the Virtual Orientation Kick-off
  • Meet one-on-one with an EOP Academic Counselor (during your academic advising date between August 5-16 you will get to work one-on-one with the USS Counselor to prepare for your enrollment appointment)
  • Select courses for Fall Quarter 2024

Part 2 |  Saturday, September 14-Thursday, September 19, 2024 (In-Person)

  • Attend an in-person early move-in program on campus
  • Create a student budget and learn about your financial aid package
  • Discuss academic success strategies with and learn more about campus resources
  • Connect and bond with students, staff, and faculty committed to supporting undocumented students and their families

540% Slug Extended Orientation participants will only need to cover the cost of transportation to the in-person portion of the program. All other expenses during the duration of the in-person program will be covered for all participants.

Due to limited capacity, in order to be considered for the program you will need to be available to attend both Part 1 and Part 2 of the program.


Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2024 at 11:59pm 


If you have questions regarding the overall UCSC Summer Orientation Fee, please contact the Orientation Office to inquire about payment alternatives. More information can be found here:

We hope you will take advantage of this exciting opportunity and look forward to reviewing your application! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. To learn more about our programs and services, you can visit our Programs and Resources Guide webpage by clicking here.



Undocumented Student Services (USS)

Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP)

Division of Student Affairs and Success

University of California, Santa Cruz


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