Academic Support Resources

There are a number of resources available at UCSC to support you in succeeding. Be proactive in seeking help when you need it, and remember that there are many people at UCSC who want to see you do well. The following are just some of the many people, offices, and programs available to support you in working to your potential.

Faculty members and teaching assistants:  

Your teachers and teaching assistants (T.A.s) are often the best resources for helping you succeed in your classes. Don’t be afraid to approach them if you have questions.

College Academic Advisors: College Advisors can help you identify success strategies, and assist you in devising a plan to succeed. Contact your college advisors immediately if you are not doing well in your classes.
Department/ Major Advisors: Advisors in your major can help you devise a balanced course plan. They can also help you identify opportunities within your major and recommend professors whose academic interests are similar to yours, both of which can increase your motivation to do well.

ACE (Academic Excellence Program):

The ACE program focuses on supporting students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors.

Career Success:

Career Coaches can help you clarify your post-UCSC career goals through online assessments and in person. Clarifying your goals can be very important to your academic success.

Counseling and Psychological Services:


Counseling is available to UCSC students through the Cowell Student Health Center.  If emotional or psychological issues affect your performance, be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.

Student Health Center:

The Student Health Center provides a variety of COVID 19 and other health resources.

Disability Resource Center: 

The DRC offers support, accommodations and resources for students with both short- and long-term disabilities.

EOP (Educational Opportunity Program): 

EOP offers personal and academic support for first generation college, low income, and historically marginalized student populations.

International Student and Scholar Services:

ISSS provides visa and immigration advising to F-1 and J-1 international students. ISSS also provides workshops, information, and referrals to international students regarding cultural, personal, and other concerns.

Learning Support Services:

Learning Support Services offers academic support such as tutoring and MSI (Modified Supplemental Instruction) to help you do well in your classes.

Slug Support:

Slug Support promotes early intervention to prevent culminating problems from escalating into a crisis.

STARS (Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students):

STARS offers support and resources specifically designed for students who transferred to UCSC from a different school, as well as undergraduates who are 25 years of age or older or who are parents.