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Incoming MEDS Student Guide

Welcome, Bren School MEDS Class of 2022! 

Use this page to reference important information, dates, deadlines, and resources to help you as you prepare for the first day of orientation on July 29, 2021. 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 fall instruction:

UCSB is planning for faculty, staff, and students to be in-person beginning in Fall Quarter, pending approval by Santa Barbara County Public Health and the UC administration. Therefore, the Bren School will likely hold portions of new student orientation at Bren Hall so please plan on moving to the area before the start of orientation on July 29.

On Apr 22, the UC released a proposed policy on COVID-19 vaccination standards. If approved, the university would require students, faculty, staff, and academic appointees who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2 beginning in Fall Quarter. If you live in California, you are eligible to be vaccinated now; schedule your vaccination through the MyTurn California Vaccination Scheduler. If vaccines are unavailable at your current residence, we anticipate that UCSB will have vaccination clinics for returning students prior to the start of Fall Quarter.

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 2021

  • 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).
  • 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. Also, click here for COVID-19 FAQs for international students.
  • Review your MyUCSB Student Dashboard for important links to UCSB Housing, Financial Aid, Billing Office information, U-Mail, Registration, and more.
  • Submit your student housing application by May 14 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.
  • 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.

May 2021

June 2021

  • 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. 
  • If you’re interested in working as a TA or course Reader in fall, explore UCSB undergraduate departments and inquire about their application process. Although we don’t encourage taking on a Teaching Assistant (TA) position during your first quarter, we know many students rely on this financial assistance. See more information under Financial and Residency Resources.
  • 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:
  • Submit your health insurance waiver if you do not wish to use UC SHIP (deadline TBA).

July 2021

  • If you filled out a FAFSA application, it is likely you will receive your financial aid packet by the end of July. The Bren School does not have access to your financial aid information so if you do not receive your packet by the end of July, please contact the UCSB Financial Aid Office, (805) 893-2432.
  • Submit your immunization records per UCSB requirements (see Student Health page for information).
  • Submit a health insurance waiver if you do not wish to use UC SHIP.
  • Explore Santa Barbara before classes start!
  • Acquaint yourself with the UCSB campus by reviewing a map or by taking a virtual or in-person tour.
  • Purchase your student ACCESS card and then complete the Bren School after-hours building access form (this form can only be completed once you've purchased your UCSB ACCESS card; see Campus Resources for more information). ACCESS cards are campus ID cards that allow students access to resources and serve as a free bus pass. All Bren students are required to purchase a card.
  • Submit your Bren School New Student Bio by (deadline TBD). 
  • Read the Bren School Graduate Student Handbook
  • Update your resume. You will need to submit your initial resume to the Career Development Team at the beginning of Fall Quarter. Directions will be provided during orientation.
  • Attend the Bren School New MEDS Student Orientation, on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30, 2021
  • Summer Session classes begin Monday, August 2, 2021.

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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