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 former Provost Flora Lu and Senior Director for College Student Life, Sarah Woodside Bury.



Hello family, friends, and loved ones of College Nine & John R. Lewis students, 

College Nine & John R. Lewis College will be hosting an in-person Family Day event on

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024 from 11:00am - 2:00pm.

Please see below for important information about this event and let us know if you will be attending  

Schedule of the Day


Join us for a Welcome from Provost, Kim Lau and Senior Director of College Student Life, Sarah Woodside Bury 

Location: College Nine & John R. Lewis College Multipurpose Room

11:30am-2:00pm Choose Your Own Adventure

Academic & Student Life Showcase  
Come learn about and chat with our staff and student leaders about Advising, Housing, Activities and more!
Location: Namaste Lounge

Walking Tours of Colleges  
Join our Residential Life staff for a walking tour of our Colleges. Tours will start at 11:30am and Noon
Location: Meet at Namaste Lounge

Meet Sammy!  
You won’t want to miss this photo op with our very own Sammy the Slug from 1:00pm-2:00pm! 
Location: Namaste Lounge

Visit the Terry Freitas Commons
Terry Freitas Commons (TFC) is a fully student-led organization that serves as a lounge and food pantry for all students. We welcome you to visit this beloved space. Open hours are 10:00am-6:00pm
Location: Terry Freitas Commons
Check out our Garden 
We invite you to check out this beautiful outdoor space managed by our College Nine & John R. Lewis College garden club, and site of the Community Gardens class CLNI-70
Location: College Nine & John R. Lewis Community Garden
Have a Meal with your Student 
See Dining section below for dining options and prices that will be available the day of the event 


Our main campus address is:

University of California, Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Map of UCSC

Map of College Nine & John R. Lewis

Directions to our Colleges (College Nine)


There will be free parking available at our East Remote parking lot. There will be a shuttle that will take you from the East Remote lot to the College Nine bus stop. You are also welcome to purchase parking closer to our Colleges via the ParkMobile app. You can reference the UCSC Parking Map for lot details.


Meals will be available for purchase at our College Nine and John R. Lewis dining hall at the following discounted rates:

  • All diners 12 and over will pay the student price of $12.23+tax/person
  • Kids ages 3-11 will cost $7+tax/ person
  • And those under 3 years of age will eat for FREE

Cash is not accepted at the dining halls. If students wish to swipe in any family members as guests, they may also do so. You can visit the Dining Hall website on the day-of for the day’s menu.

Other dining options that will be available on campus are the Cowell/Stevenson dining hall, the Rachel Carson College/ Oakes dining hall, Merrill Market, Porter Market, and the Slug Stop at Quarry Plaza. You can find information about these dining options on the UCSC dining website

Campus & Community Events

Check out this list of happenings at UCSC and in the community over the weekend!

Keep In touch

Here are some resources to stay connected about information and future happenings at College Nine & John R. Lewis College:

 Feedback Link

We appreciate any feedback you may have about this event! Please let us know about your experience attending Family Day after the event via our evaluation form

Please let us know if you have any questions! Family Day questions can be directed to Gabie Darlak at gdarlak@ucsc.edu. We look forward to meeting you!

Summer 2023 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

Move-in Dates: https://housing.ucsc.edu/move-in/index.html

What to Bring list: https://housing.ucsc.edu/what-to-bring/index.html

Fridge Rentals: https://www.collegiateconcepts.net/schools/university-of-california-santa-cruz/index.html

Room Tours: https://housing.ucsc.edu/tours/nine/index.html

Housing FAQs: https://housing.ucsc.edu/faq/index.html

Room Changes: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/residential-life/frequently-asked-questions/room-changes.html

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

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

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

Restorative Justice: https://ches.ucsc.edu/restorativejustice/index.html

Conflict Resolution: https://conflictresolution.ucsc.edu



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

Enrollment Support: https://orientation.ucsc.edu/summer/enrollment-support/index.html

How To Enroll: https://orientation.ucsc.edu/summer/how-to-index.html

Getting Started in the Major (frosh): https://advising.ucsc.edu/gettingstartedinthemajor/frosh/index.html

Getting Started in the Major (transfers) : https://advising.ucsc.edu/gettingstartedinthemajor/transfers/index.html

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

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

Major Requirements: https://catalog.ucsc.edu/en/current/general-catalog/academic-programs/bachelors-degrees/

General Education Requirements: https://catalog.ucsc.edu/en/current/general-catalog/undergraduate-information/undergraduate-academic-program/general-education-requirements/

Graduation Requirements: https://catalog.ucsc.edu/en/current/general-catalog/undergraduate-information/undergraduate-academic-program/graduation-requirements/


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

Welcome Week: https://collegenine.ucsc.edu/cocurricular/welcomeweek.html & https://johnrlewis.ucsc.edu/cocurricular/welcomeweek.html

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

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

Cornucopia: https://recreation.ucsc.edu/cornucopia/index.html

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

ABC Student Success: https://studentsuccess.ucsc.edu/student-spotlight/abc-ssi/index.html

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

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

Campus-Wide Events Calendar: https://calendar.ucsc.edu/


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

Bikes: https://taps.ucsc.edu/bike-programs/bike-share.html


Health & COVID-19 Resources

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

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

UCSHIP Insurance: https://shc.uci.edu/insurance/uc-ship-benefits-and-information/uship

UCSHIP Billing: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/billing-insurance/101.html

COVID-19 FAQs: https://healthcenter.ucsc.edu/services/covid-19/covid19-faq.html 



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. 


Events & Spots to Check Out in Santa Cruz! 

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!

Email Contacts:

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

Kim Lau, Provost: lau@ucsc.edu

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

Jennifer Roldan, Assistant Director for Residential Education: jdroldan@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!