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The Division of Student Affairs strives to support every student's success through a wide range of educational programs, resources, and services critical to student enrollment, persistence, and graduation. Students are encouraged to become familiar with all Student Affairs units early in their UCSB experience. 

If you are a student, we hope that the information on this page reassures you that there are many departments – and hundreds of professional staff – that are invested in your success. Please reach out to us; we look forward to meeting you!


Guide to Student Affairs Departments

Listed below are the the departments and programs that comprise UCSB Student Affairs organized by function. For reporting relationships among the units, refer to the organization chart.


Academic Initiatives strives to better integrate campus departments and faculty with the work of the Division of Student Affairs to create a bridge between academics and student support services. Hosts the campus-wide Black Resource Committee to support Black student enrollment, retention, and graduation.

Office of Black Student Development (OBSD) advances, in response to a strong culture of Black student activism, the experiences of all Black students, advocates for their needs, and fosters their personal and academic achievement through graduation and beyond.

Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) provides tutoring, workshops, and services that help students understand course concepts, engage deeply in the learning process, and become independent thinkers and lifelong learners.

Disabled Students Program (DSP) facilitates full participation and equal access to all educational activities and classes at UCSB for students with temporary and permanent disabilities.

Early Childhood Care and Education Services
 provides accredited and licensed childcare for student, staff, and faculty families with young children (aged 3 months to 5 years) at the Children's Centers located on the University campus.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has counselors who practice holistic academic, financial, and personal counseling and advising. EOP also coordinates the SRB Cultural Resource Centers and the Summer Transition Enrichment Program (STEP)

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides immigration support for the UCSB community, advising for international students, and cultural programming.

Undocumented Student Services (USS) coordinates student services, programs, and advocacy for undocumented students and affiliates.



CARE: Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education  provides professional, confidential advocacy crisis intervention, and support to students, staff, and faculty impacted by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. CARE also provides primary prevention education in stopping violence before it begins and strives to ensure a University trauma-informed response.

Career Services educates and empowers all students and recent graduates to prepare for and pursue success.

Office of Student Conduct (OSC) maintains the integrity of the academic and co-curricular experience for all students through the investigation and adjudication of University policy violations.

MultiCultural Center (MCC) strongly advocates and creates a sense of belonging for marginalized and minoritized students. The Center presents almost 100 events per year ranging from lectures and panel discussions to spoken word events, film screenings and musical performances.

Orientation Programs and Parent Services designs and implements comprehensive student and parent programs that introduce educational, social, and personal resources to facilitate the success of new students.

Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity (RCSGD) works with students, staff, and faculty to ensure that LGBTQ identities, experiences, and concerns are represented and addressed at UCSB.

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL/OSL) is the home to registered campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and student leadership development programs. 

Veterans & Military Services supports all veterans, service members, and their families in navigating University, State, and Federal programs and regulations.

Women, Gender, and Sexual Equity (WGSE) welcomes people of all genders who wish to be part of a community of individuals looking to explore identity, socio-cultural issues, or simply be together. Serves as home to the Non-Traditional Student Resource Center (NTSRC).


Alcohol and Drug Program (ADP) contributes to a safe, healthy, and learning-conducive environment through the promotion of healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) promotes the emotional well-being of students through individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and stress management services.

Health and Wellness promotes the mental, physical, and social health of all students by enhancing individual skills and positive relationships with families, peers, and the UCSB & Isla Vista community.

Recreation promotes an active, balanced lifestyle among students, staff, and faculty that contributes to the development of the social, emotional, and physical skills essential to long-term health and well-being. Program areas include Intramurals, Adventure Programs, Sport Clubs, Aquatics, Fitness, Youth Programs, WorkStrong, and Gaucho REC classes. 

Student Mental Health Coordination Services (SMHCS) is a readily accessible single point of contact for individuals concerned about a student in distress.

Student Health provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare services that treat illnesses efficiently, promote physical and psychological well-being, and enable students to have a healthy and successful University experience.


Admissions coordinates all aspects of undergraduate admission, including year-round outreach, comprehensive application review, and the processing of credit for any student (new and continuing) who completes transferable coursework, . The Office of Admissions includes the UCSB Visitor Center and is home to the Guardian Scholars Program, which supports former foster youth.

Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is a pre-college academic preparation program that increases college readiness and financial aid awareness among students and parents from select middle and high schools in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Kern Counties. 

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships assists UCSB students and their families with student financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and Veterans' benefits. 

Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic records of all UCSB students and oversees student registration, course scheduling, California residency, graduation, and student transcripts and verification.


The Stephen S. Goodspeed Intern serves as a liaison between the student body and the Student Affairs administration, chairs the Student Affairs Student Council (SASC), and leads initiatives that contribute to student success.

Student Affairs Grants & Development coordinates charitable giving to UCSB Student Affairs and its numerous member departments and programs, including student scholarships.

Student Information Systems & Technology (SIS&T)  provides information technology and communication services to Student Affairs, Graduate Division, and other campus partners. SIS&T's portfolio includes desktop computing, networks and storage, and more than 170 information systems and websites for faculty, staff, and students (e.g. Gaucho Blue, GOLD).


The following student-led programs and services have administrative units within UCSB Student Affairs.

Associated Students (AS) is UCSB's officially recognized undergraduate student government, which operates both as a non-profit organization and a campus department and includes dozens of entities (boards, committees, commissions, and units).

Graduate Students Association (GSA) is UCSB's officially recognized graduate student government.

Storke Student Publications includes the Daily Nexus, a student-run newspaper, and the Senior Book, the official yearbook of the graduating class.

24/7 Student Services 

The following resources are available to UCSB students (undergraduate and graduate) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including University holidays. Please direct all emergency inquiries to Emergency Contacts.

UCSB Answers - Intelligent online question and answer system 

Confidential Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual Violence
CARE Advocacy Hotline: +1-805-893-4613 

Confidential Consultation and Counseling
CAPS After Hours Hotline: +1-805-893-4411

Undocumented Student Legal Services
Dream Scholars/Undocumented Student Services: +1-805-893-5609 

Non-Emergency Medical Advice
Student Health Advice Nurse Line: Call +1-800-539-1387
Other After-Hours Medical Care

Student Affairs Locations

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Faculty & Staff Quick Links