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Congratulations on your admission offer to University of California, San Diego.  We are excited to have you as a member of the Graduate Division community.  The checklist items below will help guide you through your next steps.

What to do immediately

Accept your admission offer and submit your SSN

Please log in to your GradApply account and indicate your admission decision by clicking “Make a Decision.” UCSD supports the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants, which states that you are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.
**Please note that after you accept admission, you must wait at least 48 hours before completing your next checklist items.**

Submit your SSN: 
Please wait at least 48 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

Log in to your GradApply account and submit your Social Security Number / Taxpayer Identification Number. This is necessary for a number of business processes. 

Set up your UCSD password

Please wait at least 48 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

It is important that you set up your password for your Personal Identification number (PID) to enable you to access resources such as class registration and financial tools. You will need your PID which can be found on your application status page of GradApply.

International Students – apply for I-20 or DS-2019

Please wait at least 24 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

International students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the USA must request a form I-20 (certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant F-1 students) or form DS-2019 (certificate of eligibility for non-immigrant J-1 exchange visitors). The I-20 or DS-2019 is required to apply for the F-1 or J-1 visa. International students who are currently in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status and plan to transfer their SEVIS record to UC San Diego are also required to submit the I-20 or DS-2019 request. 

For questions regarding your I-20/DS-2019 or F-1/J-1 Visa, please visit here:  http://ispo.ucsd.edu/new-students/graduate-students/index.html

Complete and Return the Statement of Legal Residence

Please wait at least 48 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

This step is not required for MAS, MCEPA, MF, MSBA, or Flex MBA students.

Not required for joint doctoral students in the following programs: JDP-AUD, JDP-BENG, JDP-ECE, JDP-LCD, JDP-MSED, JDP-MAE, or JDP-SE.

Applicants who accept an offer of admission must complete and return the Statement of Legal Residence form within 2 weeks of accepting admission.  Submit the Statement of Legal Residence form as an attachment and email it to residencedeputy@ucsd.edu with your name and PID in the subject line. Your registration cannot be completed until this form is on file. If after accepting admission you decide not to enroll, notify your department immediately in writing or by email. More information about residency can be found at the Registrar's website. Questions about residency status should be addressed to the Residency Deputy. Read about possible exemptions, waivers, and definitions at http://students.ucsd.edu/finances/fees/residence/exemptions.html.  To request an AB 540 nonresident waiver, email residencedeputy@ucsd.edu.


Sign-up for housing

San Diego is known as America’s Finest City and we are sure you will enjoy living here.  UC San Diego provides diverse and affordable housing options just for graduate students.  However, the waiting list for on-campus housing is long.  We recommend you apply for housing as soon as you receive your admission offer so you can get on the waiting list right away.
  • Learn more about UC San Diego housing opportunities here.
  • Get on the waitlist by submitting a housing application online.
  • Additional information on both on-campus and off-campus can be found on the Grad Life site.

What to do before you arrive on campus

Complete the TB questionnaire

Please wait at least 48 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

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

Please wait at least 48 hours after accepting admission to complete this step.

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  UC Immunization Requirements. 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.

Submit your pending admissions documents

Log into your GradApply account 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.

What to do when you arrive on campus

Pick-up your student ID

All students enrolled for the current school quarter are entitled to a Triton ID Card. This is your official university ID card, and you are issued just one active card. https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/campus-cards/how-to-get.html#Graduate-students.

Update your contact information on Triton Link

Please make sure to keep your contact information up to date on Triton Link.

Attend the Graduate Division Orientation

September 12, 2018

Check-in with your department and attend their orientation if applicable

Some departments and programs host their own orientation.  Contact your department for more information.

International Students- Attend Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Students must attend the International Student Orientation.  This is in addition to the Graduate Division New Graduate Student Orientation. 

International Teaching Assistants - Meet the English Language Requirement

English Language Requirement for International Teaching Assistants (TA)

International graduate students who are nonnative speakers of English must be certified as having requisite language skills before they can serve as teaching assistants (TAs; UC San Diego Graduate Division policy in compliance with Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 41).

Evidence of English Language Proficiency : Certification as Teaching Assistant Cut Off Scores

Students may be certified either on the basis of their score on one of the following:

  • have a TOEFL iBT Speaking subscore of 28-30
  • have an IELTS Speaking subscore of 8.5-9.0
  • have a PTE Speaking sub-score of 83-90, and 2
  • be an international graduate students who serve as language assistants in courses conducted in their native language.

Those students with TOEFL speaking scores of 23 – 27, IELTS speaking scores of 7-8, or PTE speaking scores of 65-82 are required to take the English Language Certification Exam

Students who do not pass the English Language Certification Exam are given the opportunity to improve their language skills.

Those students who are admitted but have a speaking TOEFL score below 23 will not be allowed to take the certification test. Students who fall into this category may acquire the required English language proficiency skills via courses offered in the English Language Institute  and the English for Academic and Professional Development Program.

Complete the Sexual Assault Prevention and Resource Training

The mandatory training, Campus Clarity: Think About It, will be available in late August. Please look for an announcement and invitation to the course in your @ucsd.edu email account. The course is hosted externally, and the invitation will come from admin@campusclarity.com. All students are required to take this online course. The course will give you the tools to identify, prevent and report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.

The course must be completed by November 3, 2017.  If you do not complete the course by this deadline, a hold will be placed on your registration for Winter quarter.


Webinars for New International Students

The Graduate Division and International Students and Programs Office (ISPO) are offering a series of webinars this summer to provide information to incoming international graduate students.  Presentations will be posted here after the webinar has ended.

I'm an International Graduate Student. What's Next? - April 19, 2018

Immunizations - May 16, 2018

Housing - June 6, 2018

Graduate Student Funding - June 27, 2018

Graduate Student Life - July 18, 2018 


Resources for incoming students

Academics and Finance

  • Academic Integrity Office: 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. 
  • General Catalog: View UCSD policies, procedures, programs, courses, and faculty in the current General Catalog.
  • Financial Aid: Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office’s website.
  • Graduate Division: The Graduate Division is the central resource for all matters related to graduate education at UC San Diego.  
  • Registrar’s Office: Information on academics, residency for tuition, enrollment, and the academic calendar.
  • Teaching + Learning Commons: The Commons’ two units promote teaching and learning as collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation and reflection.

Campus Life and Community

  • Campus Community Centers: The Black Resource Center, the Cross-Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center, the Raza Resource Centro, Intertribal Resource Center, and the Women’s Center are collectively known as the Campus Community Centers.
  • Grad Life: Events calendar and resources specifically for UCSD’s graduate students.
  • Graduate Student Association: The Graduate Student Association (GSA) exists to advocate the rights and interests of our diverse community, to provide for the enjoyment of social, cultural, and service-oriented events, and for the betterment of academic and non-academic life of all graduate and professional students at UC San Diego.
  • International Center: UC San Diego's International Center provides leadership with regard to campus internationalization efforts, and serves and supports international scholars, international students, and students, faculty, and staff who study abroad.
  • Off-Campus Housing: The UC San Diego Off-Campus Housing Directory is your source for rental and roommate listings posted by landlords and roommates exclusively for the UCSD community.
  • On-Campus Housing: The Department of Housing and Dining Services operates several housing complexes in an effort to provide the greatest degree of flexibility for students selecting their residence.
  • Parking and Transportation:  Parking, alternative transportation, busses and shuttles, and campus maps.
  • Recreation: UC San Diego Recreation offers classes, wellness services, opportunites to get involved in sports, trips, and a surf shop.
  • Student Conduct: The Office of Student Conduct provides leadership for the student conduct process through its central coordinating, training, and advising role.
  • Veteran’s Resources: The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) is committed to ensuring that military affiliated students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life, and are assisted in their progress toward completing their academic degree.

Health and Wellness

  • Counseling and Psychological Services: CAPS’ integrative and student-centered services are designed to support students towards their academic success and personal development and well-being while at UC San Diego.
  • Disability Resources: As a resource for the campus, the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is responsible for determining eligibility for modifications, adjustments and other accommodations for students and dependents who have disabilities.
  • Health Insurance: UC SHIP is a student-focused benefits package for UCSD graduate and undergraduate students, including strong medical, behavioral health, pharmacy, dental, and vision care benefits.
  • Student Health Services: Student Health Services provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray.
  • Clery Report on Campus Security: The annual Clery Report includes statistics about crimes and other security incidents reported to campus security authorities in the past three years.