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Incoming PhD Student Guide

Welcome, new Bren PhD students! 

Use this page to reference important information, dates, deadlines, and resources to help you as you prepare for the first day of orientation on September 19, 2022. Orientation is required so please plan to accordingly. If you are completing the Economics and Environmental Science emphasis, please keep in mind that the required Math boot camp starts in August (exact date TBD). 

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

Summer Timeline

May 2022

  • Join us on Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time for a zoom webinar session with Bren admissions staff. The zoom link is in the email that you received on May 1. If you can't make it, don't worry! The most important information is in the email and on these incoming student pages. We'll also send you the webinar recording. :)
  • Submit your student housing application by May 16 if you want to live on campus. Explore more housing options under Campus Resources.
  • 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.  
  • 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 fall. Also, click here for COVID-19 FAQs for international students.
  • 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.
  • If you are hoping to pursue the Economics and Environmental Science emphasis, please consult with your faculty advisor, notify Kristine Duarte ( and sign up for the required Fall courses.

June 2022

July 2022

  • If you're planning on working as a TA, register for the Fall September 2022 TA Orientation here. Attendance at the annual campus-wide TA Orientation (TAO) during the week before Fall quarter is required of all first-time UCSB TAs and Readers with secured TA or Reader appointments, even if duties will not begin until Winter or Spring Quarters. 
  • 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 at (805) 893-2432.
  • Submit your immunization records per UCSB requirements (see Student Health page for information).
  • Submit your health insurance waiver if you do not wish to use UC SHIP.
  • Connect with Bren’s Compute Team if you have any questions about information technology at the Bren School ( Visit their FAQ knowledge base for general computing questions. 
  • International students, start the CALI Training Webinar Series, the first step toward your Culture, Academics, Laws and Immigration (CALI) training online. There will also be an email series and video tutorials so keep an eye on your inbox and check the CALI webpage for more details:

August 2022

  • Begin taking the appropriate steps necessary to establish residency (if applicable; for more information visit the Registrar's website regarding residency status and "Understanding Residency" from UC. Additional questions about this process are best directed toward the Residency Deputy:
  • Submit your health insurance waiver if you do not wish to use UC SHIP (deadline September 1, 2022).
  • International students, complete the Culture, Academics, Laws and Immigration (CALI) training online. When planning your arrival, please note that you cannot enter the U.S. sooner than 30 days before the start of the PhD program.
  • Economics and Environmental Science (EES) Students: Math Camp with the Economics Department starts on Monday, August  23, 2022. Mark Patterson from the Econ department will be in touch with more information. 

September 2022


The most up-to-date campus requirements can be found here:

Currently, all students who live in campus-owned housing, work, attend classes or conduct research on campus, or want to access campus facilities must complete the COVID-19 symptom screening every day. As of April 4, masking will no longer be required in classrooms, although it will remain strongly recommended.

The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy, which requires all UC employees and students to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, including a booster shot if eligible, or receive an approved exemption before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in any University programs. More information can be found in the Chancellor’s UC Systemwide Vaccine Policy Update and at UCnet. In addition, the UC Office of the President has developed FAQs for employees and for students.

What should you be doing now?

PhD core courses and registration timeline

Orientation events for the Bren School, including the PhD Retreat, lab safety training, Graduate Division orientation, and activities for international students

Cost of attendance, paying your bill, BARC, FAFSA, establishing residency, and TA/GSR positions

ACCESS student ID cards, computing, email, health insurance, housing, transportation, campus resources, and more

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