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New Student Struggles

UC Santa Barbara offers many resources and initiatives for first-year and graduate students. Please contact us at 805-893-4569 or visit the First Year & Graduate Initiative website for more information on who to contact.

Additionally, there are several other on-campus resources that can be helpful to new and continuing students facing difficulties. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is to assist Student Affairs and the University as a whole in helping the student body achieve academic, social and personal success. Through the provision of mental health services, CAPS strives to help ensure that students - as well as the larger campus community - remain healthy in this pursuit of success. CAPS promotes the emotional well-being of students through individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention and stress management services.

CAPS Mental Health Peers: Our peers are trained to help students develop tools to better manage stressors related to school as well as relationships to family, friends, romantic partners, and roommates.  Peers can help you get connected to other appropriate resources around campus. And, they will bridge the connection to aCAPS counselor if the challenges you are dealing with require more attention.

Office of Student Life: OSL is the home to registered campus organizations, including fraternities and sororities, and student leadership development programs. We also host a variety of special initiatives including After Dark Late Nite Social Programs, CommUnity Grants, and Student-Initiated Outreach Programs.

Campus Learning Assistance Services: Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) is one of the most wide-ranging departments on campus. Yet even though our areas of academic support span from Arabic and Accounting to the Sciences and Study Skills, CLAS’ greater purpose—beyond the role of simply serving students—is helping students take full ownership of their education.

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