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 Advisers: College Advisers can help you identify success strategies, and assist you in devising a plan to succeed.  Contact your college advisers immediately if you are not doing well in your classes.
Department/ Major Advisers: Advisers 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 Center: 

Career Advisers 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.

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 educationally disadvantaged student populations.

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.

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.

Student Services

The Student Services website includes a wide variety of academic and non-academic resources available to you at UCSC.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Information and support for undergraduates interested in incorporating research into their degree program.

University Libraries

Library collections in humanities, arts, and social sciences are housed in McHenry Library; books and periodicals in the natural and physical sciences are housed in the Science & Engineering Library.