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UCSC alumni frequently asked questions

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How do I update my information?

Thanks for keeping us up to date! Fill out a simple form to update your address, email, and any other outdated information.

How do I get an alumni ID card?

You can find instructions to access your alumni ID card here.

What benefits do I have access to as a UCSC Alumni Association member?

Please visit the benefits page to see what is offered to UCSC Alumni.

Why aren’t I receiving emails or mail from the UCSC Alumni Association?

There are two possible reasons for why you aren’t receiving communications from us. It may be that we don’t have your updated contact information. If you think this may be the case, please complete the Update Your Information form with your current email and mailing addresses.

It’s also possible that your contact preferences have been set to exclude communications from the Alumni Association. If you would like to change this, please contact

I am a lifetime member of the Alumni Association. What’s happened to my membership now that UCSC has moved to a no-dues format?

When the university transitioned from a dues-paying format, the opportunity to be named a Lifetime member ceased. In honor of our Lifetime members, the Alumni Association commemorated a bench outside the McHenry Library, and created a webpage to proudly display a list of all UCSC Alumni Association Lifetime Members. You are and always will be in the Lifetime Alumni Membership group and we will continue to celebrate and recognize you as such.

How can I access UC library materials?

All alumni may access the McHenry and Science & Engineering Libraries in person by using their Alumni ID card. Get your alumni ID card in a few easy steps. Alumni may also access all other University of California libraries in person, excluding UC Berkeley, by showing their UCSC Alumni ID card.

All UCSC Alumni may access digital materials by using the ProQuest online library. Please contact the Alumni Association at so we may send you a ProQuest login.

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Why are Google services (gmail, drive, etc.) changing for UCSC alumni?

Due to recent changes announced by Google, UCSC is no longer able to offer unlimited Google services to alumni. Alumni will have the option to keep their existing Gmail with a 500 MB storage limit by request only. Requests must be made by April 15, 2024. Learn more and request to keep your account.

In the future, students will keep their UCSC Google Apps services for 12 months after graduation. They must then request to retain their Gmail.

For all questions related to the recent changes to alumni Google services, please view IT’s FAQ webpage.

I’m an alumna/us who does not have an Gmail account. Can I get one?

New Google accounts will not be distributed at this time. Alumni must know their Cruz ID and password to access their Google account. If you have an existing Cruz ID but are having trouble accessing your UCSC Google account, you may view IT’s instructions for recovery.

You must request to keep your Gmail by April 15, 2024. Learn more and request to keep your account.

I have a job/internship opportunity to extend to current students and/or other alumni. How can I do so?

Thank you for thinking of the UCSC community! Job opportunities can be posted on Handshake. Please view the Career Center’s guidelines for accessing and posting on Handshake.

How can I find and contact my old UCSC classmates and friends?

If you cannot find a fellow alumni’s contact information, we encourage you to use the Alumni Finder. We cannot release any contact information, but we are happy to forward messages on your behalf. Please contact with your message, the intended recipient’s name and class year (if known), and your name and class year.

How can I get my transcript and/or diploma?

Contact the Office of the Registrar for help obtaining your transcript, diploma, or other student records.

I am a current student. What is available to me through Alumni Engagement?

Please visit the Student Programs page to learn about current student opportunities. If you’re looking to connect directly with an alumni, please contact

Last modified: Jan 24, 2024