NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS

Welcome to UCSB! Making the transition to graduate school can be an exciting but also anxious time. Check out the information and resources on our website to learn more about the community of scholars that you will be joining and how you can set yourself up for success. ​

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New Grad FAQs

Graduate Student Handbook

Grad Success Series

Digital Resource Packet

KEY PEOPLE TO KNOW

Robert Hamm, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development
robert.hamm@graddiv.ucsb.edu

Shawn Warner-Garcia, Assistant Director of Professional Development
shawn.warner-garcia@graddiv.ucsb.edu


ORIENTATION


New Graduate Student Orientation ​will be on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. More information about ​this event and other ways to connect with new students and campus resources is sent out to incoming students via e-mail during the summer prior to matriculation. If you have any questions, please e-mail Robert Hamm. Each year, ​Orientation features a number of campus entities at our Resource Fair. For a list of organizations and resources, check out our Digital Resource Packet.

For information about other campus orientations, visit the following links:


GETTING STARTED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL


The GradPost
The go-to website for news, funding, professional development, events, advice, and more related to graduate student life at UCSB.

1st Year Guide from EEMB
A handy guide from the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology Department about everything from finding a home to finding parking at UCSB.

An Open Letter to New Graduate Students
A great collection of advice from ProfHacker Brian Croxall about making the transition to graduate school.

Registration Information


LIVING & GETTING AROUND IN SANTA BARBARA


The GradPost Life Section
Information on fun events, free food, and keeping your sanity in grad school.

Transportation
Information ​about on-campus parking options and alternative modes of transportation.

Campus Maps

Housing Guides and Resources

Roommate Search Resources

  • New Graduate Student Facebook Group (​a separate group is created each year in early July, and all incoming students are sent instructions via email about how to join; please e-mail Shawn Warner-Garcia if you have any questions)
  • GSA Roommate Search Facebook Group