New Student Information

Ronnie D. Lipschutz, Provost, Rachel Carson College
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University of California, 1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
Phone: 831-459-2543/fax: 831- 459-2362/e-mail:

Welcome to Rachel Carson College Students!


Dear Rachel Carson College Student,

On behalf of Rachel Carson College’s faculty, staff and students, I would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to UCSC and your enrollment in our college.

Rachel Carson College's  theme, “Environment and Society,” embodies the college’s concern about environmental issues, within a social, political, scientific and humanistic context.  The College has a vigorous intellectual life, with core and other courses designed to this end. Rachel Carson College is also an exciting community, with students actively augmenting their academic training through a large variety of extra-curricular activities.  Rachel Carson College's students major in almost every discipline offered at UCSC, while being strongly committed to environmental stewardship.  Be sure to browse the college web site for more about this.

Rachel Carson College schedules small, two-unit classes on a range of topics, designed to provide students with practical, hands-on skills and valuable networks for the future.  The College sponsors an interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability Studies, designed to provide students with both classroom and hands-on experiential learning for the coming green economy.  Click on the link for more information.

For frosh, Rachel Carson College’s three-unit, Fall Quarter plenary class offers a singular opportunity for you and your fellow frosh to gather in one place every week (this won’t happen again until you graduate). The class focuses on “California Environment and Society.” You will also be taking a required 5-unit core writing class during Fall Quarter which, with the Plenary, equals 8 units (out of the normal load of 12-19 units for full-time enrollment).  You can find details about the Plenary and Writing class on the "Core Course" website.   You can find a broad range of information about environment and society at the RCC wiki site.

Be on the lookout for an email from the Rachel Carson College Advising Office arriving in mid-June.  (Please set your email program not to treat our messages as junk or spam.) In that email, you will find important information regarding enrolling for Fall classes. As soon as you are able, activate your UCSC student Gmail account, since that will be our primary means of communicating with you once Fall Quarter begins.

The mission of staff and faculty at Rachel Carson College is to see that you succeed in your academic career and at UCSC, and to prepare you for the future.  Do not hesitate to come see us when you visit and once you get settled in the fall.  We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you personally to the Rachel Carson College Community when you arrive.

All the best,

Ronnie D. Lipschutz

Rachel Carson College Provost 
Professor of Politics