Welcome Parents & Families


Welcome to our community---the independent, creative and vibrant Kresge College. We know that choosing UCSC and our college is a crucially important decision for you and your student. We are honored by that decision, and we thank you for your trust. We count on you to help make us a better community for your student's experience. Your participation and feedback are truly appreciated. This site has been designed to provide you with information to help you to stay informed and connected with the Kresge experience. It contains relevant campus and college links, advice and resources on student development, frequently asked questions, and updates from various offices.

Family Day 2024

Porter and Kresge Colleges will be holding a joint Family Day event for 2024 – Woohoo! Make sure to Save this Date,  Saturday February 3, 2024

Registration is open through Monday, January 30, 2024


9:00am - 10:00am    Provost's Reception – Kresge Academic Building Plaza (next to the Kresge College Academic Center)
10:00am - 10:35am  Session 1: Student Leader Panel – Kresge Academic Building 3305
10:35am - 10:55am  Break
11:00am - 11:30am  Session 2:  Student Life and Housing – Kresge Academic Building 3305
Note:  Crafting activities will be held in adjacent rooms from 10:00am - 11:30am. Activities may include button making, coloring (Kresge and Porter specific pages), faux stain glass and tote bag decorating.


A campus parking map can be found here although the closest parking is as follows:

  • Core West Structure (Lot 112) - free on weekends (Cross the bridge across the street from Core West Parking, to access Kresge)
  • Porter College Lots 124 or 125 - via ParkMobile


If you're in search of accommodation options for the event, consider these choices:

Campus Dining

Consider joining your student for a meal in one of the Campus’s Dining Halls.

Prices on Family Day are as follows:

  • All guest diners 12 and older will pay the student price of $12.23+tax/person
  • Children ages 3-11 pay $7+tax/person
  • Children under 3 years of age will eat for free

Campus Dining Halls, Markets and Cafés accept Slug Points, Banana Bucks, FlexiDollars and Credit Cards.  Cash is no longer accepted.

Have a question? Not sure who to contact? Email María Dolores Castillo at madocast@ucsc.edu or call (831)459-4434. Thank you!

Kresge/Porter Family Day 2024 Presentations

Student Leader Presentation/Panel: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PBM1MFNV92YO5ZgxjRTc-UcTrr7TE8HiF7pWhPvexiY/edit?usp=sharing

 Housing Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/12_iNtJI4RlZU2CVaMq3UHLaiTK-Z_afj2zzrSdbj5FE/edit?usp=sharing 

Kresge Fall 2023 First Year Student Orientation

Below is a link to the August 24 Kresge College Fall 2023 First Year Student Orientation.