About the Center


In 2014, UCSB was recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, making the campus eligible for new federal funding to develop new capacities and programs. The ONDAS Student Center (OSC) is funded by a Department of Education Title V HSI grant that supports these purposes. The grant recognizes UCSB’s strong and shared commitment to academic excellence and diversity, and provides new programming and services that will benefit all students on campus. To strengthen the academic success and retention of undergraduates, ONDAS delivers two main areas of activity: supporting first-year experiences (freshmen and transfer) and faculty professional development.

In 2020, the center transitioned into operating virtually in response to the global pandemic. After almost two years of hosting virtual workshops and programs, the ONDAS Student Center opened its doors again in 2022 offering its services and resources to the UCSB community.


On the left, the ONDAS Student Center during its construction in 2016 before opening its doors. On the right, the center after its reopening in 2022.

ONDAS Student Center Mission

The ONDAS Student Center at UCSB promotes the success and retention of first-generation college students with an emphasis on the first year transition and underrepresented student experience. We provide mentoring and academic support in a learning-centered space for students to connect with faculty, staff, and peers in order to grow personally and excel academically.


Visit us!

We are located in Kerr Hall room 1150. Our doors are open 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Our door is located next to the elevators - just look for the yellow wall!