The following steps are provided to help you stay on track.

Please note, that the steps are not fully intended to be followed in this specific order.

You are highly encouraged to check out the deadlines for each of these items.

Steps to enrollment

Deadline: Typically at the beginning of May. Check the Applicant Portal for up-to-date information. 

Applicant Portal

The SLR does not refer to immigration status. It is intended to establish a continued presence in the State of California for tuition purposes. 

Submit SLR @ UCSB Gold

More info: Office of the Registrar

  • If you receive a nonresident classification, the campus residence deputy may provide additional forms for you to complete to determine your eligibility for the AB-540/ SB 68 Exemption to Non-resident. Be prepared to provide official documentation.
  • Once UC grants you the exemption, you won't need to reapply as long as your visa status doesn't change and you're continuously enrolled in the program to which you've been admitted at a UC campus.

More info @ UCSB Office of the Registrar

Submitting the AB540/AB 2000/SB 68 Affidavit by Immigrants Rising

Freshman Housing Application

Transfer Housing Application

Deadlines to keep in mind:

Item Deadline
Housing Application opens Freshmen: Late March Transfer: Around April
Housing Application Deadline Freshmen: Mid-May Transfer - Mid-June
Roommate Process Deadline Freshmen & Transfer: Early Summer
Cancellation Deadline with a $100 fee Freshmen & Transfer: Around July
Cancellation Deadline with a $350 fee Freshmen & Transfer: Around September
Room Assignments Freshmen & Transfer: Early September

Undocumented students (with or without DACA) are eligible for UC Health Insurance.

More info @ Student Health Portal

Freshmen must take UCSB's Collaborative Writing Placement (CWP)

Transfer students will have already satisfied this requirement with their transfer coursework

  • About Orientation:
    • Freshmen: Two-day orientation sessions for most of the summer
    • Transfer students: One-day orientation on select days in late summer
    • Students will pay a fee to attend Orientation.  
    • Orientation is not mandatory but students are recommended to attend orientation as it provides a head start in preparing for college. Orientation includes academic advising. If you decide not to attend orientation, ensure that you register for classes before the beginning of the quarter, an email should be sent out about your pass time to register for classes.

Sign up for orientation

Transcript Submission

  • Freshman Students: Check in with your high school to ensure your transcript has been submitted to UCSB.
  • Transfer Students: College transcripts need to be submitted by your college. High school transcripts may sometimes be needed. Check with your respective campuses to ensure transcripts are submitted.
  • Deadline:Check Transcript Submission

Test Score Submission

  • Results of any relevant test taken including Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to UCSB's Office of Admissions.
  • Deadline: Check Test Score Submission

Log in using your UCSBNetID and password. You will be able to access your award letter, accept student loans, and view scheduled financial aid disbursement.

Check My Aid Status

  • Freshmen Students: EOP Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP) for First-year Freshmen Students
    • This is a FREE 10-day program for 1st-year students in EOP. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the transition between high school and UCSB.
    • Program Dates: mid-August
    • Deadline: Check STEP
  • Transfer Students: EOP Summer Transfer Transition Program (STTP) for First-year Transfer Students 
    • This is a FREE 10-day program for incoming transfer students in EOP. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the transition to UCSB.
    • Program Dates: mid-August
    • Deadline: Check STTP
  • Students who attend orientation will be guided through the process of registering for classes. New students who do not attend Orientation should register online during their Pass 2 registration appointment in September. An email will be sent to students that have not registered for classes by September with instructions on how to register for classes using
    GOLD (Gaucho On-Line Data System)
  • Undergraduate students usually register for 12-17 units per quarter. Information on major requirements, course descriptions, and prerequisites are available on
    UCSB’s General Catalog  
  • Meet with an academic advisor to learn about what courses to register for to meet your major goals, requirements, and prerequisites. 
  • EOP offers academic advising for student members

    EOP Advising/Counseling

  • For students who have declared major, Individual major departments offer academic advising.
    Visit the department information list to find your major
    UCSB’s Undergraduate Degree
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  • Parent/Guardian Information under Emergency Contacts


This includes resources related to enrollment services, student academic support, student life, student wellness, and more!

Support systems on campus 

Pay student fees on your UCSB BARC account
Make sure to stay on top of the deadlines!