Orientation for New Students

The fall 2024 Orientation will be Wednesday, September 25, 2024


Schedule of the 2024 Graduate Student Orientation:


International Graduate Students

9:00–10:30 am
Pacific Time

Global Engagement

All incoming international students must attend this mandatory virtual session, presented by Global Programming and International Student Services & Programs(virtual via zoom)

All New Graduate Students

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Pacific Time

Division of Graduate Studies

Grad Division, Residency, Health Center, Dean of Students, Slug Support and Basic Needs (virtual via zoom)

1:00–2:00 pm
Pacific Time

Title IX Office

All incoming graduate students are required to attend this mandatory Title IX presentation. Location: Kresge Lecture Hall

2:00–2:15 pm
Pacific Time

Graduate Student Association

Location: Kresge Lecture Hall

2:15–2:30 pm
Pacific Time

Graduate Student Commons

Location: Kresge Lecture Hall

2:30–3:00 p.m.
Pacific Time

Union Auto Workers 2865

All first time Academic Student Employees and Graduate Student Researchers must attend a local UAW information session. Location: Kresge Lecture Hall 

3:00–5:00 p.m.
Pacific Time

Social Networking and Campus Resource Fair

Join us in person to connect with campus leaders, fellow incoming grads across all 5 academic divisions, graduate student leaders and campus resources at the social networking event and campus resource fair. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Location: TBD

Click here to register! 

Graduate Orientation Presentation- Click here to view the slideshow presentation from the Graduate Orientation held on September 27th, 2023.

Video Presentation - Click here to view the recording of the Graduate Orientation held on September 27th, 2023.

Campus Resources Slide Presentation








Your Zoom Account

New graduate student orientation will be held via Zoom (note: Social Networking and Campus Resource Fair will be held in person). Learn how to access and use your free UCSC Zoom account here


Your first point of contact should be your graduate staff adviser. Locate contact information on the Graduate Division’s website. Often other graduate students know of available housing not advertised online, and your program may maintain an internal housing list. UCSC Student Housing Services has information for graduate students; for off-campus housing you can see listings and other information via UCSC Community Rentals and the Community Rentals Housing Registry.

UC Santa Cruz and COVID-19

We have provided answers to common questions graduate students have regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, including mandatory health safety measures.

Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS)

Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) has resources for new students to understand the transportation options available at UCSC. .

Campus WiFi

At UCSC, eduroam is the free encrypted wireless service that allows students, faculty, staff, and visitors from other participating institutions, to connect securely to the Internet. Please read the connection instructions for devices and computers

Questions about Orientation or Particular Orientation Sessions?

International Graduate Student Orientation Sessions: Email istudent@ucsc.edu
Program-Specific Orientations: Email your graduate program/department

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