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Before You Arrive on Campus

Complete UC Health Requirements for Incoming Students

Please ensure these requirements are attended to early to avoid delays. A failure to complete requirements will result in an inability to enroll in classes.

To complete your TB & Immunization Requirements you will need to activate your My Student Chart online health portal.

Please see below for when to expect you can begin this process:

Acceptance Date Range My Student Chart Available for Activation
Early 2020 – May 1, 2020 May 15, 2020
May 2, 2020 – June 1, 2020 June 15, 2020
June 2, 2020 – June 29, 2020 July 15, 2020
June 20, 2020 – July 31, 2020. August 15, 2020
August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020 September 15, 2020
September 1, 2020 – September 14, 2020 September 30, 2020

 For all health related queries, you will first need to log into My Student Chart and send a Message to “Ask-a-Nurse”

 For technical related queries please email shstb@health.ucsd.edu. Strictly no health information should be sent to this email address.


Complete the TB Questionnaire

Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire: All incoming students are required to complete a TB risk Assessment Questionnaire. For more information and deadlines please see Tuberculosis Admission Requirement on the Student Health Services site.


Complete the Immunization Requirements

Complete the UC Immunization Requirements: All incoming students are required to submit proof of specific vaccinations/immunizations as per California Department of Public Health recommendations. For more information and deadlines please see Immunization Requirements (https://wellness.ucsd.edu/studenthealth/health-requirements/Pages/default.aspx)  on the Student Health Services site.


Financial Matters

Sign up for Direct Deposit as soon as possible.

  • Direct deposit electronically transfers your salary or fellowship stipend to your bank account. 
  • Direct deposit will ensure you are paid smoothly and in a timely manner.
  • If you do not sign up for direct deposit, paper checks will be prepared and it will take longer to receive your stipend or salary.
  • Learn how to sign up for direct deposit here:  https://grad.ucsd.edu/financial/financial-faq.html#How-does-a-student-sign-up-for-
    • Direct deposit for employment will take place after you arrive on campus and have completed hire paperwork with your department.

Submit your Pending Admissions Documents

Log into your application portal and submit all documentation listed on your application status page. If you have any coursework currently in progress, please wait until all coursework is completed and degrees have been conferred and posted prior to sending your transcript. All coursework must be completed prior to beginning graduate study at UC San Diego.


Learn About Student Health Insurance

Payment of your Tuition and Fees includes a fee payment for the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). Enrollment in UC SHIP is automatic. Effective dates for UC SHIP can be found on the Student Health Services Website.

If you need medical attention prior to the effective date of UC SHIP you will be responsible for the cost of any medical services incurred prior to the start of your student plan. Therefore, if you intend to arrive to the San Diego area before the effective date of UC SHIP it is highly recommended that you purchase your own personal health insurance that will cover you until the effective date of UC SHIP. Short term plans are offered by many different insurance companies. For more information we recommend you research those options to select the short term insurance plan that will meet your needs.  

Student Health Insurance Waiver: All students are automatically enrolled in UC SHIP each academic year. However, students who are able to demonstrate they have comparable coverage may be able to opt out of UC SHIP. For more information on this option please see How to Waive UC SHIP.

Students in joint doctoral programs (JDPs) should check with their department regarding eligibility for UC SHIP.


Read the UCSD Policy on Integrity of Scholarship

The Academic Integrity (AI) Office promotes and supports a culture of academic integrity in order to reinforce quality teaching and learning at UC San Diego. It's your responsibility to be aware of the policy on academic integrity.  The University expects both faculty and students to honor the policy. For students, this means that all academic work will be done by the individual to whom it's assigned, without unauthorized aid of any kind.


Read the Principles of Community

The Principles of Community are vital to the success of the university and the wellbeing of its constituents. UCSD faculty, staff, and students are expected to practice these basic principles as individuals and in groups.