FSSP Student Life

Build Your Community

A prosperous peer and academic support structure is essential to student success. FSSP helps you create this foundation by connecting you with academic advisors, student-support counselors, and our nationally recognized faculty. In addition to the academic focus of FSSP, we want to create as many opportunities for you to start forging friendships and to help you transition into the University in a supportive environment. With over 450 students in FSSP, you will find a community of friends you can rely on throughout your time at UCSB.

Social Events

Build your community through special social and academic activities. The Freshman Summer Start Programs offers fun opportunities to meet new people and connect with your peers. Opening weekend of FSSP includes a beach day filled with surfing and paddle board lessons, volleyball, slacklining, and beach games, followed by a barbecue on the San Nic lawn filled with friends, hamburgers, and hotdogs! Other activities include checking out the beautiful Santa Barbara scenery with sailing trips and hikes in the local mountains. Each week provides lively events, whether its dance socials, movie nights, or concerts.


Health and Wellness

With the physical, mental, and social well-being of our students in mind, FSSP features a Wellness Program located in your residence hall. You will find individualized drop-in opportunities where you can meet with faculty, academic advisors, career counselors, as well as student affairs professionals with expertise in nutrition, stress management, alcohol and drug awareness, relationships, fitness, and health counseling.

Housing and Dining

FSSP students will live on campus in the San Nicolas Residence Hall overlooking the lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. San Nicolas is conveniently situated near classrooms, the De La Guerra Dining Hall, and the Davidson Library. FSSP students have access to recreation rooms, sand volleyball courts, and community lounges. There is one Resident Assistant housed on each floor, with their main purpose being to enhance the residential experience by putting on floor events and building community.

Students will eat in the nearby De la Guerra Dining Commons.  De la Guerra showcases platform food production, preparing seasonal menu items to ensure food is always fresh. Diners can enjoy their lunch and dinner in a beautiful, contemporary dining facility while gazing at the UCSB lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. FSSP participants receive 17 meal swipes per week.