The University Center serves
as a center of student activity at UCSB while also providing a variety of services to faculty, staff, alumni and campus visitors. The UCen is committed to providing outstanding service and responding to the changing needs of the campus community. It is a campus department within Administrative & Auxiliary Services and comprises the following units: UCSB Bookstore, UCen Dining Services,and UCen Administration (Director’s Office, Accounting & Information Services, Cashiers & Post Office, Operations, Conference Services, Marketing, and ACCESS Card). A variety of other campus departments, student organizations and leased operations maintain tenant space within the building.
The University Center provides the services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the university community need in their daily lives on campus and for getting to know
and understand one another through informal association outside the classroom. It is also simply a place to relax, study, meet with friends, work on computers provided by
the UCen, or to attend meetings in our conference facilities.
The UCen is a part of the educational program of the university. Through its various boards, committees and staff, it provides a diverse cultural, social and recreational program that complements and enhances the educational mission of the institution. It is a place wherestudents can obtain convenient work experience. Many will also gain invaluable supervisory and management experience. It is a unique organization where students can participate in the leadership efforts of the UCen Governance Board as well. As a result, the staff members
of the UCen serve as educators as well as managers.
The University Center also has a responsibility to remain fiscally solvent. The building receives no state funding. The majority of all operating expenses for the UCen must be paid for with revenues generated within the building and from satellite operations and student fees. An obligation exists to provide a comprehensive set of programs, goods and services while maintaining a balanced budget and retaining sufficient capital reserves for future
renovations and repairs.