Rachel Carson College Self Guided Tour

Welcome to Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight)! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight). We are committed to making Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight) a safe and inclusive learning community where students will become academically & interpersonally sucessful. Our theme is "The Environment and Society," and through this theme we challenge students to become actively engaged in environmental and social justice issues. 

We invite you to a self-guided tour of our college using this pamphlet four tour stop information. Please use this map to help guide your way. Feel free to adventure through Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight)! 

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    1.) Academic Building 

    Located on the first floor of this building, the College Office provides assistance with registration processes, student records, and scheduling academic advising appointments. You will also find Faculty offices, classroom units and a computer lab in this building. 

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    2.) Mail Room 

    Every student living at Rachel Carson College has a mailbox. The mailroom is also a great place to pick up campus newspapers and check out flyers for upcoming UCSC events. 

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    3.) Dining Hall 

    One of five dining halls on campus, the Rachel Carson/Oakes Dining Hall offers a variety of food options, and is open 7 days a week during the school year. The Dining Hall has extended late-night hours for students' convenience. The Dining Hall is a place for college students to gather for special eventssuch as comedy nights, collge night community dinners, and dances. 

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    4.) Student Commons

    The Student Commons building is home to the multi-purpose Red Room (Rm.201), the Student Programs & Housing Office (Rm.204), and the Student Environmental Center (Rm.210). The Student Programs Office provides students with the opportunity to create and participate in various social, academic, multicultural, and recreational community events. The Student Environmental Center promotes student involvement in creating and implementing sustainable and environmental practices on campus. 

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    5.) Residence Halls 

    Rachel Carson houses 850 students, including the majority of our first-year students. Resident Assistants live in the halls, plan community programs, and guide residents through the transitions of college life. The Residence Halls offer traditional dorm style living in single and double rooms with shared bathrooms and study lounges. 

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    6.) West Field House

    The West Field House is the main recreational center on the west side of campus, maintained & operated by the Office of Physical Education & Recreation (OPERS). Many sporting activities such as basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer take place at the West Field House. 

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    7.) Apartments

    The Rachel Carson Apartments house continuing sophomores, juniors, and seniors and some new junior transfer students. Four or five students share each fully furnished apartment. 

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    8.) College Eight Café

    The College 8 Café offers a wide range of sandwiches, smoothies, soups, coffee & pastries. The Café is a central place at Rachel Carson for students to coordinate study groups, play pool with friends, or attend weekly "Café Nights".