Gaucho Parents Home

Welcome to the Gaucho Parents Web site! As a parent or family member of a UCSB student, you are a part of Gaucho Parents. Our Gaucho Parents Web site, two newsletters, the UCSB Parent Handbook, and staff members are excellent resources for you to use as you learn about UCSB. Becoming knowledgeable about campus services and learning about the UCSB way of life will make you a valuable partner in your student’s education. We are proud to have you as part of the Gaucho family!

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A Message from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Welcome, Gaucho Parents, to UCSB and the Division of Student Affairs. We are pleased to partner with you to ensure your student’s success. As you and your family transition into UCSB, I’d like to share some thoughts born of my experience as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and—perhaps more important—as a parent.

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First, embrace change. College is a time of enormous change for both your student and you. Your student is developing academically and intellectually while growing personally and socially, becoming a young, independent adult. You are learning how to provide support and guidance from afar without compromising opportunities your student will have to make important decisions on his or her own. Which brings me to my next point:

Ask for help. At UCSB, we pride ourselves on creating a community that is all about supporting, respecting, and building up one another. If your student needs academic support, encourage him or her to seek out our Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) for tutoring. If she or he is feeling stressed, suggest a visit to the Counseling Center. If your student is unsure of his or her major, a trip to Career Services is probably in order. And help is available for you, the Gaucho Parent. Please take advantage of the resources described on this Web site for answers to your questions and referrals to appropriate services.

Finally, get involved. UCSB is a major university with truly exceptional opportunities for student and parent involvement. For your student, opportunities range from undergraduate research in state-of-the-art labs to club sports like rowing and cycling to community service through 350+ organizations. Such involvement helps your student to meet new people, apply new skills, and practice civic involvement with a sense of purpose. And your engagement—in Parents’ and Family Weekend, as a career speaker, by donating a prize to our Wellness Program—will enrich not only your own student’s, but all students’, time at UCSB.

Thank you for visiting the Gaucho Parents Web site. I value each and every one of you and look forward to serving your student in the coming years.

Margaret Klawunn, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


Important Dates

September 17-18: Move-In Weekend

September 22: First Day of Classes

November 24-25: Thanksgiving Holiday Break

December 3-9: Fall Quarter Final Exams

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