Newly Admitted Students
Welcome to our newly admitted PhD & MFA students!
Ph.D. Program At-A-Glance (Lays out the timeline for degree progress during Years 1-6)
Ph.D. Program Planner (lists all Core & Breadth requirements)
- New Student Orientations
Graduate Studies is the office that oversees the administration of all graduate departments at UCD. They will tell you about financial support, professional development resources, advising & wellness.
TBD - English Department Graduate Program Fall Welcome and OrientationThis is our department orientation where you will learn more about your Ph.D. or Creative Writing program with the faculty directors as well as a student panel where you can ask all of your burning questions.
Tuesday, Sept 21 @ 8:45am - TA OrientationHosted by UCD's Center for Educational Effectiveness, this orientation is mandatory before you can TA (only given once per year). "TA Orientation is designed to help graduate students succeed in their role as TAs at UC Davis by introducing them to the principles and practices of effective teaching."
- Welcome Packet
Welcome to UC Davis!
The welcome packet for new PhD & MFA students has important information about set-up, registration, advising and other department info.
- Moving Expenses Reimbursement for New Students
Teaching Assistants and graduate students appointed as Associates or as Acting Instructors, at the time of their initial appointment, recruited within the United States, who are appointed for a full academic year and eligible for Removal Expenses. However, this policy (APM -561) does not allow for points of origin within the State of California.
Students must be registered and enrolled in classes with all fees paid before an application for removal expenses can be processed.
The allocation is based upon the distance moved. “Removal expense” allowances are authorized to be paid as flat rates according to the following schedule, but in no case may exceed the maximum payment of $440.
Removal Expense Allowance & Approximate Air Miles of Origin to Campus:
$440 - 2,400 and over
$355 - 1,800 to 2,399
$280 - 1,300 to 1,799
$225 - 900 to 1,299
$160 - under 900
The Graduate Office will send out the current Moving & Relocation Travel Expense Voucher to eligible students prior to the Fall quarter.
- 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.
The deadline to submit the waiver for 2020-21 online is September 1 (to be effective in Fall quarter).
- Establishing CA Residency
READ Info in these two links:
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.
In other words, take care of all of the things bulleted below by the end of your first Fall quarter!!
For tuition purposes, physical presence and intent must be demonstrated for more than one year. Intent includes, but is not limited to:
- having 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.