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.
  • Registration
  • Steps to registration:
          1) Contact your university and request that official transcripts be sent to (or if they need to be mailed, see the Graduate Studies page for more info).
    NOTE: 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).

         2) Once your official transcripts have been processed, you can register!  UC Davis students register using Schedule BuilderHere are the steps new students will take the first time they register - outlined in more detail in the new student checklists in the Admissions Portal.  

    MS students:
    Typical plan: you should register for STA 200A and STA 206 and one elective.  For the elective, you could take STA 141A if you are interested in the Data Science track or STA 137, 138 or 250 if you'd rather do the standard track. 
    Two-year plan:  if the admissions committee recommended you consider a 2-year study plan, you can register for STA 106/108, STA 131ABC and STA 135 in the first year.  Please consult with a faculty advisor for details (ask Andi for more info).
    See sample study plans here and course schedules here.

    FAQ: If you are registering for an upper division undergraduate course (100-level course), you may be asked to fill out a prerequisite waiver form in order to register for the class.  Those prereqs are for undergraduate students so, as a grad student, you can fill out the waiver form and then just enroll in the course!  

    PhD Students: 

    Typical plan: students usually register for STA 231A, STA 232A, STA 290 and STA 390.  See sample study plans here and course schedules here.
  • 2021-22 Handbook - coming soon
  • 2021-22 Handbook coming soon
  • New Student Orientations
  • September 13th, 12 - 1:30PM, Walker Hall - Graduate Studies Resource Fair (in person)
              Graduate Studies is the administrative office overseeing all of UCD's 100+ graduate programs.  They set policy, approve & process paperwork relating to your milestones such as candidacy, comprehensive exams & filing for graduation.  They have fantastic resources relating to mentoring (& being a mentee), employment, professional development, mental health, disability, and more.  So, their resource fair will have a lot of information directly related to your experience as a graduate student!  Grad Studies is now located in a newly renovated building, Walker Hall, that has space for grad students to study and meet (with or without children in tow) so you'll get to see this new space as well.

    September 20th, 1PM - TA Orientation for Stats & Biostats students
              PhD students are assigned to TA Statistics courses so there are rarely TAships available for MS students (if there are, we send out a call to apply).  If you want to apply to be a Teaching Assistant across campus for any quarter of 2021-22, this hybrid (online & in-person) orientation is mandatory.  There are two days of TA Orientation but Stats & Biostats students are assigned to Sept 20th, 1pm.  Register by Sept 3rd.
              All TA positions are posted on the UCD Handshake site (Tip: Use the search term “STDT”).  Once you set up your account, it takes a couple of weeks to be approved and then you'll have access.

    September 21st, 1PM - Statistics Department Orientation for MS & PhD Stats students
              Details TBD...  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. 

    International Graduate Student Orientation
    New international students will be required to watch a series of short videos about a variety of topics in iGlobal and then answer questions regarding these videos in order to complete their SISS orientation requirement. SISS will be emailing students with more details and instructions on how to complete this requirement.


  • 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?
  • The University of California COVID-19 Vaccine Policy requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated, or hold an approved exception, by Sept. 8, 2021.

    (Click to make your appointment today)

    View a webinar covering UC's COVID-19 vaccine mandate and implications for students and employees.

        Q: If I received a vaccine outside of the U.S., will that count toward the vaccine mandate for Fall?
        A: if the vaccine you got was not WHO-approved (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Sinopharm, Sinovac) then you'll need to get the Pfizer vaccine once you arrive in Davis in order to comply with the University of California vaccine mandate. 

    Please continue to check the Campus Ready site for updates or the SISS Fall Planning page for International Students

    Aug 12th updateStarting September 20, fully vaccinated individuals will be required to undergo asymptomatic COVID-19 testing once every 14 days.  Everyone (regardless of vaccination status) is required to wear face coverings when indoors or when riding mass transit.
  • 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.