Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to our admitted PhD & MS students!

Submit your official transcripts NOW!  You won't be able to register until your transcripts have been received.

If you're finishing your undergrad degree, request that your current transcript be sent to now and then request another one with your earned degree on it in the Fall (if your university will only mail transcripts, ask them to use the address on this page).

PhD Program Planner (pdf)
MS Program Planner (pdf)

  • Graduate Studies Site for Newly Admitted Students
  • Graduate Studies is the office that oversees policy & administration for all UCD graduate programs. 
    Their site has a wealth of info you'll access throughout your time as a grad student (for forms and deadlines, etc). 

    On their Newly Admitted Student page, you'll find important information about how to submit your official transcripts (submit NOW to avoid a hold for Fall enrollment!), and more.
  • 2021-22 Handbook - coming soon
  • 2021-22 Handbook coming soon
  • New Student Orientations
  • TBD - Graduate Studies Orientation - Register ahead (when registration is available)!
    Graduate Studies is the office that oversees the administration of all graduate departments at UCD.  They will tell you about grad student financial support, professional development resources, advising & wellness.

    TBD - Statistics Dept Orientation
    This is our department orientation where you will learn more about your PhD or MS program with the faculty directors as well as a student panel where you can ask all of your burning questions. 

    TBD - TA Orientation
    Hosted by UCD's Center for Educational Effectiveness, this orientation is mandatory before you can TA (only given once per year).  "TA Orientation is designed to help graduate students succeed in their role as TAs at UC Davis by introducing them to the principles and practices of effective teaching."

    TBD - International Student Orientation

  • Welcome Packet - with Housing Info
  • The welcome packet for new PhD & MS students has important information about set-up, registration, advising and other department info.  
    Welcome Packet web page - coming soon
    Welcome packet PDF - coming soon

    Housing Resources:
    Most leases in Davis will be for the full academic year, so be sure to do your research before signing a lease.

    UC Davis-affiliated:

    Student Housing Office (Official UC Davis information).
    Community Housing Listing, operated by Associated Students of UCD. This site is especially helpful if you are interested in renting a room in a larger house.

    Not affiliated with UC Davis:
    Davis Wiki  Includes great resources about rental housing in Davis and Apartments.  Davis Wiki apartments page here.  Some apartments, and room leases will be listed here. . Like craigslist, has individual postings.  Includes reviews of apartments near Davis.
    Helpful Facebook pages:

         - UC Davis Student Housing
         - UCDAVIS Housing, Rooms, Apartments, Sublets
         - UC Davis Housing - Grad/Professional Students - private
         - UC Davis Off-Campus Housing
         - UC Davis Last Minute Housing Search

    Note: Always be cautious of scams or misleading information when searching for housing online.

  • Health Insurance (SHIP) Waiver info
  • All registered UC Davis Students are automatically enrolled in the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) in order to meet the UC Regents mandate that all UC students have health insurance coverage as a non-academic condition of enrollment.

    However, if you are already covered by a health insurance plan, and do not wish to be enrolled in UC SHIP, you can waive enrollment by submitting a waiver application prior to the start of each new academic year. Waiver applications need to be submitted each academic year so that we have the most up to date information regarding your insurance coverage.  

    Submit the waiver online

    The deadline to submit the waiver for 2020-21 online is September 1 (to be effective in Fall quarter - the 2021-22 deadline will be similar).

  • Domestic Students: Establishing CA Residency
  • READ Info in these two links: 

    You must take steps to establish California residence at least one full year before the start of the quarter in which you wish to be classified as a resident and the sooner the better.  

    In other words, take care of all of the things bulleted below by the end of your first Fall quarter!! 

    For tuition purposes, physical presence and intent must be demonstrated for more than one year. Intent includes, but is not limited to:
        - having a California driver’s license or ID card (even if you don't own a vehicle)
        - registering your vehicle with CA DMV (vehicles must be registered in California within 20 days of arrival)
        - registering to vote and voting 
        - using a California permanent address on all records
        - paying state income tax as a resident

    Start your petition during the quarter preceding the one for which you seek reclassification (so, Spring before your 2nd year). Return the completed petition at least two weeks before the start of the quarter (Fall of your second year).

    Feel free to email the Residence Deputy at with any questions or confirmations. 

    TIP: Go to the DMV and get a CA ID asap (even if you don't drive here!) and change everything you can think of to your CA address.

  • International Students: Visa/Travel Resources
  • Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS) is your best resource for all visa and immigration documents, issues and questions as well as a welcoming place with events and community connection.

    International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist

    If you are applying for a new student visa, check the status of visa services at your nearest embassy or consulate; you may be automatically eligible to be considered for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to travel.
  • International Students: English Language Requirements
  • UC Davis has three English Language requirements for international students.  As an admitted student, you have already fulfilled the first admissions requirement!  If you do not plan to apply for a Teaching Assistant position, you do not need to fulfill the third requirement.  
    English Language Requirements

    First-Year English Course requirement (more info here):
    All graduate students are required to enroll in an English language course (UWP225 or UWP226 or equivalent) during their first academic year, unless they meet any of the conditions listed above. 

    Notes: you cannot mix & match TOEFL scores from different tests.  TOEFL Home Edition is allowable.

    Students are required to only take one of the available courses that fulfill the requirement, but they may choose to take more if they would like more language or writing instruction. Besides UWP 225 and UWP 226, another way to satisfy the first-year requirement is by taking courses that are considered equivalents by the Graduate Council. These equivalents are all undergraduate courses. See below for more detail.

                 University Writing Program (UWP) course options:

                   UWP 225 (offered Fall/Winter/Spring) - Multi-skills Academic English for International Graduate Students
                   UWP 226 (offered Winter/Spring) - Writing for International Graduate Students
                   UWP 102 series - Writing in the Disciplines
                   UWP 104 series - Writing in the Professions

    TA/AI (Teaching Assistant/Associate Instructor) Language Proficiency requirement:

                 Find more information about eligibility and the TOEP (Test of Oral English Proficiency) exam here.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement?
  • UC Davis is considering many factors while discussing whether to mandate vaccinations in the 2021-22 academic year.  The advice from graduate studies is to get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity.  If you don’t have the opportunity, you may be able to receive it when you arrive in Davis/the US, but you may want to consider arriving 3-5 weeks before being on campus to allow time to get the two shots required for immunity to reach its peak. 

        Q: If I received a vaccine outside of the U.S., will that count toward the vaccine mandate for Fall?
        A: See the vaccine mandate FAQs for students (#14).

    Please continue to check the Campus Ready site for updates.
  • FAQs
  • When does school start?
            While the academic year officially starts on Monday, September 20th, Fall classes start on Wednesday, Sept 22nd.  The last day of the 2021-22 academic year is June 9th, 2022.  Master academic calendar.

    When does registration start?
            Registration starts May 10th.  Send your official transcripts today!  You will be able to register once you send your official transcripts to the Graduate Studies office.  Until they are processed, you'll have a hold on your registration.  Transcript instructions.

    Who do I contact to start my I-20?
            The UC Davis SISS (Services for International Students & Scholars) can help with all I-20 & visa-related issues. This pre-arrival checklist is very helpful.  If you have questions, contact your SISS advisor.

    Which courses should I register for?
            There are typical timelines on the MS page and the PhD page.  You will be assigned a faculty advisor closer to Fall.  If you have course questions now, contact:
    PhD Students: Sarah Driver (
    MS Students: Andi Carr (

    Is there a way to connect with other admitted Statistics students?
            You can join the new discord server started by an incoming student (email Andi for details!) or, once your UC Davis email is set up, you can join the Stats Slack channel. 

    You can also join the Facebook group for all incoming UCD graduate students.