The Black Academy

Black Academy was implemented for the first time on the UCSC campus September 2016. This FREE program is designed to support and guide students in their transition to the university, as well as provide a general introduction to the people and resources that will help new students flourish.  In addition, we have fun social programs included that will bring you all closer to each other.
We welcome applications from both Frosh and Transfer students!

Black Academy (September 10 - September 15, 2022) will include:

  • Student panels enabling you to ask questions of student leaders

  • Academic and personal success workshops

  • Introduction to pertinent campus resources

  • Team and community-building opportunities

  • Tours of UCSC

  • Introduction to AARCC professional staff and student staff

  • Opportunity to build life-long relationships with other Black Academy participants

The application to apply for Black Academy 2022 is available HERE
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the AARCC Director, Autumn Johnson, at or


Check out some highlights of previous Black Academy Cohorts!