Welcome, new student, for winter 2021! Below you will find information to aid you in your transition to UCSB. If you have additional questions, please contact us at ​admissions@sa.ucsb.edu.

Steps to Enrollment Guide

Winter '21 Steps to Enrollment Guide PDF

Winter 2021 Steps to Enrollment

If you were already enrolled at UCSB for the fall 2020 term, your SIR for winter 2021 will automatically be entered by Admissions. If you still need to enroll, your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) paperwork will be sent to you. It must be returned via U.S. mail by November 15, 2020. After you submit your SIR, please complete each step to enrollment listed here, adhering to posted deadlines. For your convenience, these enrollment steps are summarized at the end of this document. Instruction begins Monday, January 4, 2021. All transcripts (and test scores, if applicable) are due to the Office of Admissions on January 15, 2021.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website for general financial aid information and for tips on the financial aid process. Applicants who submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) and indicated UCSB as a college of choice will have their financial aid eligibility determined after they submit their SIR. By December, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will send an email to your university U-Mail account directing you to “My Aid Status” to see whether any required documents are requested, or to review the financial aid award letter.

(Note: You will need your UCSBnetID and password to access your financial aid information. A few days after you submit your SIR you will be eligible to activate your UCSBnetID and U-Mail account. To do so, sign in to the UCSB Identity Manager. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships sends all email notifications to this address once it is activated. The UCSB Student Support Center is available for assistance if you have any problems activating your account. 

Visit Housing, Dining and Auxiliary Enterprises to apply for residence halls and university apartments. Housing is limited so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible beginning October 7. For more information or to ask questions about housing, please call (805) 893-4371.

New students are encouraged to obtain academic advising prior to registering for winter quarter classes. Students will receive information about Winter Orientation and winter course registration in October. Students who do not participate in Winter Orientation can obtain academic advising directly from the college offices and each major department. Students should contact their major department for information on major requirements, departmental procedures, and advising systems. You must also submit transcripts to your major department from all colleges you have attended to ensure that prerequisites can be cleared prior to your registration time. Log in to GOLD and select the Registration Info menu option to find your registration appointment time. You are strongly encouraged to register during your assigned time.

If you are an international student who will be deferring to Winter 2021, please reach out to OISS regarding your I-20 or DS-2019 to ensure that your immigration document reflects the correct start date. 

All UC students are required to complete a Tuberculosis (TB) Screening and fulfill Entrance Immunization Requirements. Your class registration will be blocked for the second quarter’s registration period if you are still non-compliant. We strongly encourage all students to have their immunizations up-to-date before arrival at UCSB. Instructions for completing these requirements can be found on the Student Health website. Students can complete the Tuberculosis (TB) Screening, enter required immunization dates, and upload immunization records on the Student Health Gateway portal. For more information please email the immunization office.

All registered UC students are required to have medical health insurance that meets minimum coverage limits. It is a condition of enrollment AND a non-academic requirement of registration. Please log on to the Student Health Gateway portal and follow the “Medical Clearances” menu to acknowledge the University of California’s insurance requirement.

UCSB students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (UC-SHIP) which includes full nation-wide medical, vision, and dental coverage plus access to UCSB Student Health Services. The premium for UC-SHIP will be factored into your cost of attendance and will therefore be included in your Financial Aid Award. The insurance premium will automatically be included in your quarterly BARC bill. 

If you have adequate private insurance and do not wish to be enrolled in UC-SHIP, you must take action and submit a waiver online. The act of waiving requires that the student upload insurance documentation into a secure website and receive written email confirmation that their waiver was approved. Please note that your Financial Aid Award will change if you waive out of UC-SHIP. For more information, please review the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ Policy Information page. Once a waiver request has been approved, it remains in effect until the beginning of the next academic year. 

Students with an approved waiver should consider purchasing the Gaucho Access Plan (GAP), which gives them prepaid access to unlimited doctor visits at UCSB Student Health Services.

Dates & Deadlines

Ongoing: Satisfy the Conditions of Admission.

Ongoing: Check cost of attendance. If applicable, visit the Financial Aid Office's website to view your FAFSA status and aid eligibility.

Ongoing: Activate your UCSB NetID. This will allow you to access available financial aid information, your UCSB email account (U-Mail), registration information, and your billing statements online.  

ASAP Beginning October 7, 2020: Apply for housing for winter.

November 15, 2020: Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR).

November 15, 2020: Complete the Statement of Legal Residence (SLR).

December 15, 2020: Register for classes (starting in mid-Nov. for most new students) and pay fees. 

January 15, 2021: Submit your official transcripts and test scores.