College Assignment Appeals for New UCSC Students

We're excited that you've chosen to attend UC Santa Cruz. We're sure you'll find that our college system is truly unique in all that it offers undergraduate students.

If you have been assigned to a college that was not your first preference, we encourage you to take some time to read about your college and learn what it has to offer. Once you get to know your college we're sure that you will agree with most UC Santa Cruz students when they say that their college is "the best."

Submitting an Appeal:

There is an appeal process for students who do not get assigned to their preferred college. While we don't expect to grant many appeals, should you choose to submit an appeal, please follow these directions:

  1. Submit your online housing application by the deadline (listed in the housing information you received). Appeals will not be considered for students who have not completed the online housing application process.
    • New Freshmen/New Visiting: Approved appeals will affect your college affiliation and housing assignment. If your appeal is granted, we will send you housing application instructions for your new college.
    • New Transfers: Approved appeals will only affect your college affiliation. Your housing assignment will not change as a result of the change in your college affiliation.
  2. Also by the deadline, submit an appeal at explaining your reasons for appealing your college assignment.

Decisions on college assignment appeals will be sent to your UCSC email account approximately 2 weeks after your housing application deadline.

Note: The appeal process is available for a limited time. Late appeals are not considered. Students may pursue a change of college at a later date by following the Change of College process described on the Registrar's website.

Your college staff welcome your questions and will help you get to know your college. Feel free to contact them directly:

Associate Directors, College Student Life

Community Name Phone Email
Cowell College LeAnna Willis (831) 459-3599
Stevenson College LeAnna Willis (831) 459-3599
Crown College Julie Phillips (831) 459-5689
Merrill College Julie Phillips (831) 459-5689
Porter College Kathy Cooney (831) 459-5255
Kresge College Kathy Cooney (831) 459-5255
Oakes College Mari Ortiz-McGuire (831) 459-2796
Rachel Carson College Mari Ortiz-McGuire (831) 459-2796
College Nine Siobhán Byrne (831) 459-3834
John R. Lewis College Siobhán Byrne (831) 459-3834


Once again, welcome to UC Santa Cruz!