Welcome College 9 families!

Congratulations and welcome to College Nine! We think your student made the best choice in deciding to come to UC Santa Cruz, College Nine and we hope that their transition and time here is transformative. 
We know that parents, guardians, family members, and other loved ones want to stay connected to your student. Check here for information, FAQs and events for families
Please enjoy this welcome video from Provost Flora Lu and Senior Director for College Student Life, Sarah Woodside Bury.



We wanted to share with families that UCSC has decided to bring back our SafeRide program. The nightly van service on our residential campus was stopped in 2020 shortly after the start of the pandemic. The revamped program will be managed by TAPS. Students can go online, fill out a ride request, and a van will shuttle them anywhere on campus from 7:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., seven days a week when classes are in session during fall, winter and spring quarters. There may be exceptions for holidays and finals week. 

Please see the SafeRide website for the ride request form and more information. 



Families, friends, and loved ones of College Nine & John R. Lewis students, please join us for the 20th Anniversary of our Practical Activism Conference (PAC) which will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023! PAC is a day-long conference featuring speakers, performances, interactive workshops, and a variety of hands-on creative activities and opportunities on a wide range of social justice issues. We invite you join us for an in-person Family Welcome before the conference on the UC Santa Cruz campus in:

Social Sciences 1, Room 110 at 10:30 AM on February 25th, 2023. RSVP at bit.ly/pacfamily.


Events & Spots to Check Out in Santa Cruz! 

Clam Chowder Cook-Off - Saturday, February 26 - Sunday, February 26th, 2023

Located at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Join the delicious festivities as amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes along the Boardwalk.

UCSC Arboretum

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s rich and diverse collection contains representatives of more than 300 plant families of Mediterranean climates. The garden maintains collections of rare and threatened plants of unusual scientific interest. Particular specialties are world conifers, primitive angiosperms, and bulb-forming plant families. Large assemblages of plants from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California natives are displayed on the grounds. Many of the species in these collections are not otherwise available for study in American botanical gardens and arboreta.

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)

Located in Abbott Square

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) is a thriving community gathering place that offers a full slate of art and history exhibitions, visual and performing artworks, public festivals, education and outreach programs, and cultural celebrations in collaboration with many partners.

Henry Cowell State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains and is most famous for the 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. Its historical significance and spectacular scenery draw travelers from around the world. Visitors can enjoy hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, swimming, and camping on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land.

Wilder Ranch State Park

The Santa Cruz coastline awaits discovery on Wilder Ranch State Park’s 7,000 acres. From the crest of Ben Lomond Mountain, the landscape rolls down ancient wave-cut terraces through the marsh lands of a nature preserve to the seashore. Step back in time to the late 1800's and visit an early dairy ranch. You can explore California's early ranching history by visiting an 1897 Victorian home, or experience a 1896 water-powered machine shop. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the front lawn, and visit the farm animals. With more than 35 miles of trail, you can adventure into the Santa Cruz Mountains or walk along the coastal bluffs.

Lighthouse Point

The Point features a surfing museum in a lighthouse & is the location of Steamer Lane, the county’s most famous surfing spot.

Natural Bridges State Beach

This park and beach is an excellent vantage point for viewing shore birds, migrating whales, as well as seals and otters playing offshore. Further along the beach, public access tidepools offer a glimpse of life beneath the sea. Low tides reveal sea stars, shore crabs, sea anemones, and other colorful ocean life.  The park also includes a large area of coastal scrub and grasslands, with bright native wildflowers in the spring.  Moore Creek flows through the park, forming freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh before it reaches the sea.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center 

The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is a community-supported marine science education center operated by the University of California, Santa Cruz, and boasts a variety of unique and interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits. Outside, enjoy an easy stroll along the bluffs and through the native landscape, where you’ll discover a gray whale skeleton and life-size elephant seal sculptures. Make sure to circle around and meet Ms. Blue, one of the largest blue whale skeletons on display in the world. Keep your eyes peeled — you may see otters, dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and birds in the surrounding environment.

Wander inside and experience the thrill of scientific discovery through breathtaking photos captured by UC Santa Cruz researchers and their collaborators in the “Photos from the Field” exhibition. You’ll see octopus, eels, sharks, rockfish, jellies, and all sorts of live creatures who inhabit Monterey Bay. You can even touch a swell shark. Don’t worry, they don’t bite!


Fall 2022 Family Gathering Recording
Please see the recording from our most recent zoom Q&A, and a list of resources mentioned below:

Housing & Student Life

Housing Email: 9housing10@ucsc.edu

College Nine Residential Life website: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/residential-life/index.html

Dining: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/

Changing Meal Plans: https://dining.ucsc.edu/res-hall-meal-plans/index.html#change

Slug Points: https://dining.ucsc.edu/res-hall-meal-plans/index.html#slugpointmealplans

Food Pantries: https://basicneeds.ucsc.edu/campus-resources%20/food.html

Terms & Conditions:  https://housing.ucsc.edu/pdf/2022-23-tc-undergrad.pdf

Student Code of Conduct: https://deanofstudents.ucsc.edu/student-conduct/student-handbook

Smoking & Tobacco Policies: https://policy.ucsc.edu/policies/BAS/BAS-007.html



College Nine Advising Email: nineadvising@ucsc.edu

College Nine Advising: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/advising/index.html

Departmental Advisors: https://advising.ucsc.edu/about/major-advising/major-links.html

Key Dates: https://registrar.ucsc.edu/calendar/key-dates/index.html

FERPA: https://registrar.ucsc.edu/records/privacy/ferpa-for-parents.pdf

College Scholars Program: https://honors.ucsc.edu/honors-programs/college-scholars/index.html

How to Check AP Credit:  https://advising.ucsc.edu/procedures/apcreditcheck.html

Learning Support Services: http://www2.ucsc.edu/lss/

How to Talk to Professors Guide for Students: https://porter.ucsc.edu/advising/transfer-students/talk-to-faculty.html

Slug Success: https://slugsuccess.ucsc.edu/


Activities & Opportunities

College Nine & John R. Lewis College Newsletter: bit.ly/9jrl-news

College Nine & John R. Lewis College Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ucsc9_jrl/

College Nine & John R. Lewis College Events Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/r?cid=dWNzYy5lZHVfbWdhaTdwbmNhMHVwM3FwOGJ1b2lsNGt1MThAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ

Practical Activism Conference: https://practicalactivism.ucsc.edu/index.html

College Nine Activities: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/activities/index.html

College Nine Find Your Community website: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/findcommunity/index.html

(H)ACER - Apprenticeship in Community Engaged Research: https://johnrlewis.ucsc.edu/hacer/about-hacer.html

Student Organizations: https://someca.ucsc.edu/organizations/index.html

Resource Centers: https://resourcecenters.ucsc.edu/

Recreation:  https://recreation.ucsc.edu/

Jobs & Internships: https://careers.ucsc.edu/student/jobs-internships/index.html

Handshake: https://careers.ucsc.edu/student/handshake-student-resources/index.html

Undergrad Research Opportunities: https://ugr.ue.ucsc.edu/

Student Volunteer Center: https://volunteer.ucsc.edu/

Career Success: https://careers.ucsc.edu/student/coaching/index.html


Financial Aid & Billing

Payment Due Dates: https://sbs.ucsc.edu/payments_billing/Billing.html

Financial Aid: https://financialaid.ucsc.edu/index.html

Slug Support: https://deanofstudents.ucsc.edu/slug-support/program/



Santa Cruz metro: http://www.scmtd.com/en/


Campus Busses & Shuttles: https://taps.ucsc.edu/buses-shuttles/index.html

Carpooling: https://taps.ucsc.edu/commute-options/carpooling.html


SJC Airport Shuttles: https://taps.ucsc.edu/travel/airport-shuttles.html


Campus Safety

CruzAlert (for affiliates only: student, staff, & faculty): https://oes.ucsc.edu/cruzalert/

CruzAlert messages are also posted to main UCSC webpage: http://www.ucsc.edu

Emergency Management: http://oes.ucsc.edu

Public Safety Dispatch: https://police.ucsc.edu/services/dispatch.html

Text to 911: https://police.ucsc.edu/crime-prevention/alerts/community-alerts-current/alert-121020.html

Community Safety Program: https://housing.ucsc.edu/safety/


Health & COVID-19 Resources

Health E-Messenger: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/information/health-e-messenger-new.html

Student Health Center COVID resources: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/

Slug Strong: https://slugstrong.ucsc.edu/

Dining COVID protocols: https://dining.ucsc.edu/covid-19/index.html

Counseling & Psychological Services:  https://caps.ucsc.edu/

Email Contacts:

Sarah Woodside Bury, Senior Director of College Student Life: sarahcw@ucsc.edu

Flora Lu, Provost: floralu@ucsc.edu

Siobhán Byrne, Associate Director of College Student Life: sbyrne@ucsc.edu

Santos, Assistant Director of College Student Life: santoss@ucsc.edu

Adrian Campos Arenas, Lead Academic Preceptor: adacampo@ucsc.edu



This section contains resources for the family members/support people of our College Nine and John R. Lewis College students. Please click the links to learn more!
UCSC Family Guide for info regarding Admissions, Requirements, etc.
UCSC Families website for tons of helpful information, FAQs and important website links!