Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS)

Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) offers a broad range of personal and academic support services for all transfer and re-entry students (undergraduates 25 years and older, graduate students 29 years and older), students who are parents regardless of age, and military veterans. These services include admissions information; orientations for new students; academic seminar courses; study skills workshops; tutorial services; informal academic advising; drop-in assistance; social, recreational, and cultural programs; scholarships; newsletters; and study centers with computer workstations. STARS also acts as a clearinghouse for information about campus and community resources for UCSC’s large transfer and re-entry student populations.

STARS is located at Kresge College, on the floor above the College Office. All current and prospective transfer and re-entry students are invited to visit.

Veterans Education Team Support (VETS) is a STARS program for veterans returning to school. In this peer mentor program, veterans meet each other and receive assistance as they navigate admission and transition into university life. Ongoing personal and academic support and outreach to prospective students are also offered.

Renaissance Scholars Program, which helps current and former foster youths pursue their educational goals, is affiliated with STARS.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UCSC, a UC/community organization dedicated to continuing education, is also under the STARS umbrella. The organization hosts monthly meetings with university faculty, offers courses taught primarily by emeriti faculty, and coordinates a wide variety of peer-led interest groups.

The Retirees and Emeriti Center, located at STARS, provides a resource for faculty and staff of UC Santa Cruz as they transition to and engage in retirement.

For further information regarding all the STARS programs, call (831) 459-2552. For current programs and activities, visit the STARS website.