Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to our newly admitted PhD & MFA students!


Graduate Studies Site for Newly Admitted Students 

PhD Program At-A-Glance (Lays out the timeline for degree progress during Years 1-6)

PhD Program Planner (lists all Core & Breadth requirements)

MFA Program Planner and Sample Schedule 

CW Handbook 2019-20

New Student Orientations

Monday, Sept 21, 9am - Noon - Graduate Studies Orientation - Register ahead!

       Graduate Studies is the office that oversees the administration of all graduate departments at UCD.  They will tell you about grad student financial support, professional development resources, advising & wellness.

Tuesday, Sept 22, 9-12pm - English Dept Orientation, PART I

        This is our department orientation where you will learn more about your PhD or Creative Writing program with the faculty directors (Desiree & Katie) as well as a student panel where you can ask all of your burning questions.   Of course you will be able to ask your question during the Graduate Student Panel but you can also submit your questions anonymously in advance here.

Thursday, Sept 24, 10-11:30am -  English Dept Orientation, PART II: Focus on Teaching

        Part two of our department orientation will focus on resources available to you as a TA.

Tuesday, Sept 29th - TA Orientation

        Hosted 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.

Welcome Packet web page

Moving Expenses Reimbursement for New Students

Incoming students must have a TA appointment in their first quarter and be new to the state to qualify for this program. 

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.  See your Grad Program Coordinator (Aaron & Will) for reimbursement process information.

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

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 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 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.