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Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to our Newly Admitted PhD and MS students!


Incoming Students Next Steps

  1. Submit original transcripts to Graduate Studies
  2. Establish California Residency
  3. Attend Orientations
  4. Review the UC Davis Principles of Community
  5. Review our Welcome Packet!

Resources to Help

Below you will find resources that may be useful for you as you settle in here at UC Davis.


Start by reading the following:

UC Davis Graduate Students Tuition and Fees

UC Residence Policy and Guidelines

Establishing CA Residency: 

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. Establishing residency will reduce your quarterly tuition.

Physical presence and intent must be demonstrated for more than one year. Thus, you will need to fulfill the following by the end of your first Fall Quarter:

Intent includes, but is not limited to:
  • Possessing a California driver’s license or ID card
  • 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

  • New Student Orientations
  • More info here
  • Welcome Packet
  • More info here
  • 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 xxxx online is xxxxx (to be effective in Fall quarter).