Initiatives and Centers

Undergraduate Education oversees a number of special initiatives and centers designed to support UCSB’s undergraduates.

Transfer Student Center

Transfer Student CenterFounded in 2016, the Transfer Student Center is a space for students who have transferred to UCSB to make connections: with each other, with the resources of the campus, and with pathways to academic and career success. The center supports the academic success and well-being of UCSB’s transfer students by fostering diversity, providing peer support networks, connections to the campus community, access to resources, relevant programs, and academic advising.

The Transfer Student Center was created in part thanks to funding from the Undergraduate Success Initiative, a grant awarded in 2015 to UCSB by the UC Office of the President and designed to enable new programming leading to improvements in undergraduate academic support.

"Thanks to the TSC, I have been introduced to a side of the transfer experience I would have never known or understood. So, thank you for all you have done for me and for the transfer community here at UCSB. I am forever grateful for your guidance and support during my time here!"
 - Spring 2018 Transfer Student Graduate

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ONDAS Student Center

ONDAS Student CenterThe ONDAS Student Center promotes the success and retention of first-generation college students with an emphasis on the first year transition and underrepresented student experience. The center provides mentoring and academic support in a learning-centered space for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically.

As a component of the Opening New Doors to Accelerating Success (ONDAS) program, the ONDAS Student Center was funded by a 2014 Department of Education Title V HSI grant that recognized UCSB’s strong and shared commitment to academic excellence and diversity, and provided new programming and services that will benefit all students on campus.

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National Scholarship Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Education supports the pursuit of highly prestigious national scholarships by UCSB’s top undergraduate students. These prestigious scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, and Truman scholarships, represent an incredible opportunity for students to both explore their chosen field and push themselves to grow by pursuing new experiences and challenges.

Qualified undergraduates or faculty interested in nominating a student should reach out to the National Scholarships Coordinator at: