FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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?
This event is casual and family-friendly. 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 or check room availability with our hotel sponsors below!
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?
The scheduled events for Parents & Family Weekend will end at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday. However, please note that the number of events on Sunday are minimal.
When should we pick up our registration materials?
On your arrival to campus, pick up registration materials at Gaucho Family Headquarters at the University Center (UCen) Main Lobby. Check-in hours are Friday 12:00 - 4:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
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 and Sunday 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!
Where 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.
If you have questions regarding Parents & Family Weekend, contact the Office of Event Management and Protocol
at (805) 893-7382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.