Welcome to UCSB! Making the transition to graduate school can be an exciting but also anxious time. Check out the information and resources on this 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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Key Resources to Get You Started
Getting Oriented to Campus
Getting Access, Registering for Classes, & Establishing Residency
Living & Getting Around In Santa Barbara


Many of your questions on how to get started in grad school will likely be answered by several specific campus offices, including your home department. Here are some important resources to connect with from the get-go:

Your Graduate Program Faculty and Staff
Every department has designated faculty and staff that oversee the graduate program and assist graduate students in a variety of ways – from academic advising to employment and fellowships to registering for classes. Be sure to connect with your department's graduate program faculty and staff early on!

Academic Services (Graduate Division)
Find out what you need to know about academic policies and procedures related to graduate school, including forms, petitions, deadlines, degree requirements, interdisciplinary emphases, and academic accommodations. The Graduate Division also offers academic counseling to provide holistic support for students on their academic journey.

Financial Services (Graduate Division)
The Financial Support unit administers fellowship programs and certifies student eligibility for fellowship funding and graduate student academic appointments. You'll also find information on student fees, tax information, and parenting accommodation policies related to graduate employment.

The Graduate Student Resource Center and the GradPost (Graduate Division)
The GradPost is the digital outpost of the Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) and serves as the primary source for news, funding, professional development, advice, events, and more related to graduate student life at UCSB. Sign up for the daily digest from the GradPost and follow the GSRC on Facebook for the latest information. You can also find out more about the GSRC staff and peer advisors here.

Graduate Student-Led Organizations (Office of Student Life)
UCSB has a number of student-led organizations just for graduate students. Check out Shoreline, UCSB's student org management platform, to find out more. (Note: you will need to log in with your UCSB NetID.) You can also check out some of the organizations we recently highlighted in our Graduate Student Organization Series.

Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is the elected representative government that ensures graduate student concerns are addressed in campus and off-campus policy decisions through representations on campus-wide and system-wide. They offer activities, grants, and other opportunities to get involved on campus.

Click below to download our 2021-22 How to Navigate Through Graduate School guide

Still have questions? Check out our New Grad FAQs to see if they've already been answered!

The Graduate Division also maintains an FAQ page specifically related to COVID-19 and campus operations. Be sure to check there for the latest updates.


Orientation Videos
Every year, campus leaders offer a special welcome to graduate students. We have compiled recordings into a video showcase for you to watch asynchronously this year. Click below to hear from folks like Interim Graduate Dean Leila Rupp, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Margaret Klawunn, Dr. Ali Javanbakht from Student Health, the Graduate Student Association, and more!

Grad Success Series
Missed our graduate student orientation events? Click on the links below for access to our workshop recordings and slides. NOTE: You must be signed into your UCSB Gmail account to access the recordings and slides.





You can find more resources and support from Career Services on their website for graduate students.

Please note that Robby Nadler's Grad Success Series workshop "Graduate Writing Expectations" was not recorded and the slides are not distributed to non-attendees due to the sharing of proprietary materials during the event. To find out more about the ongoing services and support that Robby offers, visiting our Writing Resources page.

Digital Resource Packet
We've put together a digital version of our Resource Fair containing need-to-know information from organizations that will help get you connected to campus. NOTE: You must be signed into your UCSB Gmail account to view the packet. 


*Please note that this information is subject to change; please contact the host departments directly for the most up-to-date information.

CALI (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration) Training for International Students
This training is provided by the UCSB Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS). Registration and attendance is required for all new international graduate students.

English Language Placement Exam (ELPE)
This exam is administered by the UCSB English for Multilingual Students (EMS) Program. All international students whose first language is not English are expected to take the exam unless exempted. There is also a list of FAQs about the ELPE.

Campus-Wide Orientation for New Teaching Assistants and Readers
This orientation is hosted by Instructional Development. Attendance is required of all first-time Teaching Assistants and Readers with secured appointments at UCSB, even if duties will not begin until Winter or Spring Quarters.

Department Orientations
Check with your department for information about orientation sessions and other pre-quarter activities for new graduate students.


Setting Up Your UCSB NetID (you can do this 1-2 days after submitting your Statement of Intent to Register)

Activating Your UCSB Umail Account

Getting a UCSB Access Card (this is your official University ID and used to access essential campus services)

How to Enroll in Courses

GOLD (UCSB's online registration and information portal)

BARC (UCSB's online portal for paying tuition and fees)

Information About Statement of Legal Residence

How to Establish Residency

NOTE: All UCSB students must either provide proof of full vaccination or submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than September 9, 2021. Read more on how to submit your vaccination information and other requirements.


The GradPost Life Section
Information on fun events and ways to get involved in the campus and surrounding community

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

Campus Maps

Printable Campus Map
Take a Virtual Campus Tour

Housing Guides and Resources

On-Campus Housing Guide
Off-Campus Housing Guide
Short-Term Housing

Roommate Search Resources

UCSB Graduate Student Roommate Search Facebook Group

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 if you have any questions)


Shawn Warner, Director of Professional Development, UCSB Graduate Division

Hannah Lawrence, Assistant Director of Professional Development, UCSB Graduate Division