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Newly Admitted MEDS Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Bren School's Master of Environmental Data (MEDS) program! Please use this guide while you determine if the Bren School is the best fit for you. We've included detailed instructions on the next steps to take to accept our admission offer and become part of the MEDS Class of 2025.

If you have any questions along the way, the Bren School Admissions Team is here to help:


Please mark your calendar for the following important dates, deadlines, and events!

  • Bren School 2024 in-person Admitted Students Day: Friday, April 5, from 12:30-5:00 pm, Pacific Time
    Mark your calendar! This is a great opportunity to connect with Bren students, faculty, and staff, tour our campus, and get all of your important questions answered. We also will be holding a separate virtual event on Wednesday, February 28, from 12:00 pm -2:00 pm, Pacific Time. Details for both events will be sent to the email account we have on file from your applications, so be sure to check your inbox regularly. If your contact information changes, please send your updated email address to Attendance is optional.
  • Statement of Intent to Register Deadline: April 15
    To officially accept or decline our offer of admission, you must submit the online Statement of Intent to Register (SIR), located within your online application ( If you are ready to make your decision, please submit your SIR as soon as possible-- we are eager to hear from you! If you were offered a financial award, please also send your response to our admissions office at 
  • New Bren MEDS Student Orientation: Summer - Thursday, August 1 - Friday, August 2, 2024, Fall - TBA
    Please save the date for this mandatory orientation. More details to come! 
  • First Day of Instruction: Monday, August 5, 2024
    Keep an eye on your inbox for course registration and other important information that will be sent to all incoming students in the spring. 

Next Steps

After you submit your SIR decision, you may begin working on the next steps to finalize your UCSB enrollment, including: 

  • Have your official transcripts sent to the UCSB Graduate Division (if asked to do so in your official university admission letter). 
  • Generate your UCSB NetID and university email (Umail)
  • Submit your Statement of Legal Residence (SLR)
  • Apply for Graduate Student Housing if you'd like to live on campus

More information on how to complete these steps can be found on the UCSB Graduate Division's website:

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