Welcome Newly Admitted PhD & MS Students!

Welcome Event

The Department of Mathematics and the Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics will be hosting our Graduate Welcome for our newly admitted graduate students in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics on March 7-8th, 2024 here on campus. There will be a number of scheduled activities throughout the two-day event including opportunities for our guests to attend informal gatherings with faculty and graduate students. 

Welcome Event 2024 Itinerary
Please find our Schedule of Activities HERE! This schedule is subject to updates. 

If you have any questions about the Graduate Welcome or the links in the itinerary, feel free to contact us at gradadvisor@math.ucdavis.edu.

Getting Started

Please review the following resources to help you get started:

Academic Calendar/Deadlines

University of Registrar Master Calender: HERE

Graduate Studies - New Admits (email, ID, etc.)

Looking for information about the filing fee, PELP, or health insurance? Or anything else? Chances are, it's in the Graduate Student Resources section of the Graduate Studies Website. Here are some quick links:


FAFSA - file by March 2nd

File a 2021–22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between October 1, 2021 and March 2, 2022.

  • We strongly suggest that all US students apply for FAFSA each year.
  • FAFSA serves as your primary application for most federal, state and school financial aid. Students can begin applying Oct. 1.
  • If you're an international student attending UC on a student visa, learn more about financing your UC education.


Handbook - Courses, Degree Requirements, Milestones, etc.

The Graduate Handbook can be found: HERE

You will use the handbook throughout your grad career to help navigate degree requirements and more!

Health Insurance

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. 


Housing Resources:
Most leases in Davis will be for the full academic year, so be sure to do your research before signing a lease.

Note: Always be cautious of scams or misleading information when searching for housing online.

International Grad Students

Visit the Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS): Your best resource for all visa and immigration documents, issues and questions as well as a welcoming place with events and community connection. Use their International Student Pre-Arrival Checklist to get started.

If you are applying for a new student visa, check the status of visa services at your nearest embassy or consulate; you may be automatically eligible to be considered for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to travel.

Orientations - Mandatory

  • Department Orientation:  This mandatory orientation is intended to supplement the Grad Studies Orientation.  Details will be provided closer to the beginning of the quarter.
  • Grad Studies Orientation: Sponsored by Graduate Studies, Aggie 201 is an online orientation platform that provides a resource and services overview for new graduate students.
  • TA Orientation: All TAs who have not yet attended the UC Davis TA Orientation are required to do so by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Graduate Studies, even if they have taught previously. This orientation is different and in addition to your department orientation. The goal of this requirement is to help graduate students develop as instructors and effectively teach our undergraduates. 
  • International Graduate Student Orientation: New international students will be required to watch a series of short videos about a variety of topics in iGlobal and then answer questions regarding these videos in order to complete their SISS orientation requirement. SISS will be emailing students with more details and instructions on how to complete this requirement.


  • You will be registering using Schedule Builder.

  • ALL full-time students are required to register for 12 units. If you are receiving any type of financial support for Fall, you MUST register for 12 units prior to the start of the quarter, to ensure your employment/support can be processed in a timely manner. Failure to do so could mean that you will not receive your fee remission which would result in you receiving a bill for the full amount. 

  • Applied Math Students
    • Please consult your faculty mentor, e.g., your initial faculty advisor and/or the chair of the program prior to registration. You will discuss and submit your STUDY LIST at the beginning of each quarter. A typical Fall Schedule for incoming students:
      • MAT 201A
      • MAT 207A
      • MAT 390
      • 1 unit seminar
  • Math Students
    • Please consult your faculty mentor, e.g., your initial faculty advisor and/or the chair of the program prior to registration. You will discuss and submit your STUDY LIST at the beginning of each quarter. A typical Fall Schedule for incoming students:
      • Choose two of the three: 1) MAT 201A 2) MAT 239 3) MAT 250A
      • MAT 390
      • 1 unit seminar 

Residency - Establishing California Residence

Please review both sites regarding residence:

  1. Processes & Important Dates
  2. UC Residence Policy and Guidelines

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 and the sooner the better.  

Start your petition during the quarter preceding the one for which you seek reclassification (so, Spring before your 2nd year). Return the completed petition at least two weeks before the start of the quarter (Fall of your second year).

Feel free to email the Residence Deputy at residencedeputy@ucdavis.edu with any questions or confirmations. 

TIP: Go to the DMV and get a CA ID asap (even if you don't drive here!) and change everything you can think of to your CA address.

Transcripts - Submit Official Transcripts Now!

  • Contact your university and request that official transcripts be sent to gradadmit@ucdavis.edu (or if they need to be mailed, see the Graduate Studies page for more info).
  • NOTE: If you're finishing your undergrad degree, request that your current transcript be sent to gradadmit@ucdavis.edu now and then request another one with your earned degree on it in the Fall (if your university will only mail transcripts, ask them to use the address on this page).
  • Once your official transcripts have been processed, you can register!  UC Davis students register using Schedule BuilderHere are the steps new students will take the first time they register - outlined in more detail in the new student checklists in the Admissions Portal.  

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