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Incoming MEDS Student Guide

Incoming MEDS Student Introduction & Timeline

Welcome, Bren School MEDS Class of 2024! 

Use this page to reference important information, dates, deadlines, and resources to help you as you prepare for the first day of orientation on August 3, 2023. Orientation is required so please plan accordingly.

If you still have unanswered questions after you've reviewed this page, please contact the Student Affairs & Admissions team at

COVID-19 and Summer Instruction:

Please see campus requirements on UCSB's Campus Requirements page.

Additional information about COVID and vaccination is available on the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department website. View UCSB campus-wide COVID updates on the UCSB COVID Information page. We are grateful to those on the front lines who have been working to protect the health and well-being of our community, and develop, manufacture, and distribute the vaccines to keep our community safe.

Summer Timeline

Please note that the timeline will be continuously updated as dates approach and events are added.

April 2023

  • Send in your official documents. Please send your official transcripts to the UCSB Graduate Division if you were asked to do so in your official admission letter. See the Graduate Division’s Admitted Applicants page for detailed information about where to send them and special instructions for international students (UCSB graduates are not required to submit official final UCSB transcripts).
  • Submit your student housing application by May 15 if you want to live on campus. Explore more housing options under campus resources. Please note that due to the early move-in, we strongly recommend MEDS students submit their housing contacts ASAP.
  • International students, please visit the UCSB Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS)'s Newly Admitted Students page to start your visa process and make sure you're on track to matriculate this summer. 
  • Review your MyUCSB Student Dashboard for important links to UCSB Housing, Financial Aid, Billing Office information, U-Mail, Registration, and more.
  • Register for your UCSB student email service, U-Mail, if you haven’t done so already. 
  • All students must submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). Failure to do so may result in additional out-of-state fees and issues with financial aid. You will need your UCSB Net ID and password to log-in. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 805-893-3033.
  • File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To qualify for federal aid for the entire duration of the program, MEDS students must file both the 22-23 FAFSA and the 23-24 FAFSA.

May 2023

  • Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Time for a Zoom webinar session with Bren Admissions staff. Find the Zoom link in your April check-in email. If you can't make, don't worry! We'll also send you the webinar recording.
  • Join the MEDS Class of 2024 Slack channel. You will receive an invitation through the email address used in your application.
  • Review the vaccine requirements. All incoming UCSB students are required to receive the vaccinations and tuberculosis screening noted in the immunization requirements outlined on the UCSB Student Health website.
  • Secure your housing for the upcoming year (see the Housing section under Campus Resources) and make sure you move to the area in time to attend orientation on August 3-4, 2023. Please note the dual-campus nature of this program when considering off-campus housing. Courses will alternate between Bren Hall and NCEAS in downtown Santa Barbara
  • Begin registering for classes (see the Registration page for details)
  • Review our personal computer requirements and recommendations and ensure that your equipment meets the listed requirements.
  • Submit a health insurance waiver if you do not wish to use UC SHIP (deadline to submit is July 3, 2023).
  • If you’re interested in working as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or course Reader next year, start exploring UCSB undergraduate departments and inquire about their application process. Most departments hire their TAs for the next academic year in the preceding Spring quarter. Although we don’t encourage taking on a TA position during your first quarter, we know many students rely on this financial assistance. See more information under Financial and Residency Resources

June 2023

  • Bookmark the MEDS websiteAuthored by MEDS Coordinator Jamie Montgomery and faculty member Allison Horst, the website operates separately from the official Bren website to provide additional insight into the MEDS program and to offer resources to incoming MEDS students!
  • Review your MyUCSB Student Dashboard for important links to UCSB Housing, Financial Aid, Billing Office information, U-Mail, Registration, and more.
  • Register for your UCSB student email service, U-Mail, if you haven’t done so already. 
  • Begin taking the appropriate steps necessary to establish residency (if applicable). For more information visit the Registrar's website regarding residency status and the UC's "Understanding Residency" page. Additional questions about this process are best directed toward the UCSB Residency Deputy:

July 2023

What should you be doing now? 

MEDS curriculum overview, core courses, how and when to register 

Important information on mandatory Bren School orientation events

Cost of attendance, paying your bill, BARC, FAFSA, establishing residency, and employment opportunities.

Graduate Student Housing, UCSB student ID cards, computing, university email, health insurance, transportation, campus resources, and more.

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