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. ​ Scroll down for more information on campus orientations, important resources, and how to get connected.

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New Grad FAQs

Graduate Student Handbook

Digital Resource Packet

KEY PEOPLE TO KNOW

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

Kate Brody-Adams, Assistant Director of Professional Development
kate.brody-adams@graddiv.ucsb.edu


GRAD SUCCESS SERIES


The Graduate Division offers ​a series of workshops and social events to help incoming UCSB graduate students make a smooth transition to grad school life. More information about these events will be posted in mid-August and emailed out to students!

NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION


New Graduate Student Orientation ​will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 10am-1pm in Campbell Hall. The program includes presentations from key campus representatives, a luncheon, and Resource Fair. ​Check out the Digital Resource Packet for information and resources from organizations that will be tabling at our Resource Fair, as well as other campus entities that new grad students should be aware of.

More information about ​the Grad Success Series, New Graduate Student Orientation, and other ways to connect with new students is sent out to incoming students via e-mail during the summer prior to matriculation. If you have not received this information by mid-July, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Shawn Warner-Garcia.

Check out Dean Genetti's welcome remarks from this year's orientation: 

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.

Three Reminders to Help You Thrive--Not Merely Survive--in Grad School
​Actionable strategies from Science Magazine that you can implement to put yourself in the best possible position during 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