UC Santa Barbara Parents & Family Weekend



May we bring our other children?

Absolutely! Parents & Family Weekend is for the whole family. Grandparents, siblings, all relatives are welcome!

What's the weather going to be like?

Fall in Santa Barbara is usually in the high-60s to low-70s. The campus is on the coast and usually has a heavy fog in the mornings and late evenings.

What is the dress?Chancellor Henry Yang, Dilling Yang, and guests.

This event is casual and family-friendly – don’t forget to wear your UCSB gear! We recommend dressing in layers as Santa Barbara weather is often unpredictable. Comfortable walking shoes are also suggested.

Can you help us find a hotel?

The best way to find a hotel room is to check the website www.santabarbaraca.com for a list of local hotels in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area.

What time does the first event start?

Our first scheduled event usually begins on Friday at 1:00 PM. We also encourage parents and families to attend Friday classes with their students. Check with your student regarding instructor's approval for classroom visits.

What time do the weekend events conclude?

Although formal programming ends on Saturday, Sunday events are listed for families to enjoy, such as the Family Bagel Brunch hosted by Santa Barbara Hillel. However, please note that the number of events on Sunday are minimal.

When should we pick up our registration materials?


May we reserve a spot in a tour that we are particularly interested in attending?

Some tours offered require sign-up at check-in. Those arriving on Friday may only sign up for Friday tours. Saturday tours will be available for sign-up on Saturday. Tour limits are set typically at 25-30 people per tour.

May events tickets be purchased at Check-In?

No, registration and event tickets will not be available onsite.

May we attend even if our son or daughter is a prospective student?

This event is designed for the parents and families of current students. For programs geared toward prospective students, please contact the Visitor's Center (805) 893-2487. We look forward to welcoming you for the weekend next year if your student is admitted to UC Santa Barbara!

Parents with big smilesWhere do my registration fees go?

UC Santa Barbara's Parents & Family Weekend is a self-supporting program. Registration fees are used to cover the cost of Parents & Family Weekend services such as mailings, materials, supplies, use of facilities and numerous other expenditures.

What if we forget to pick up our bag?

You can call our office (805.893.7382) the week after the event to arrange for your student to pick up your materials.

Is there a Lost and Found?

Yes, we will keep a Lost and Found box at Gaucho Family Headquarters during check-in hours. At the end of the weekend, we will give all missing items to the campus police department. To claim an item, please visit: www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/lost-and-found.

Helpful Tip: Plan a meeting time and place with your UCSB student ahead of time. Also, be sure to have their campus address and phone number on hand for emergencies.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If your schedule has changed, you can cancel your registration although we are unable to process refunds for any reason. Please be certain that you can attend Parents & Family Weekend prior to registering. Please consult with your student about their schedule to confirm they will be able to join you as some have midterms during this weekend. Please also consider reviewing the schedule of events before registering.

Can I post photos of Parents & Family Weekend?

Yes! Post photos of your time on campus. There are many places that serve as great photo ops - Storke Tower, the lagoon, the Labyrinth, Campus Point, sunsets, and of course, neighboring Isla Vista! Use #UCSBPFW and upload on your social media pages. Using the hashtag will help us find your photos to compile an online album.

If you have questions regarding Parents & Family Weekend, contact the Office of Event Management and Protocol at (805) 893-7382 or email parent@ia.ucsb.edu.

This event will be photographed or recorded. By entering the event space, you agree and grant irrevocable permission to have your likeness, image, voice, and appearance photographed and recorded for commercial purposes and used as embodied in titles TBD whether recorded on or transferred to videotape, film, slides, photographs, audio tapes or other media, now known or later developed, and to be included in a non-commercial promotional and news video.