Welcome New Graduate Students!

We are pleased to welcome you to UCSF and to San Francisco. We’ve provided helpful resources and information to make the most of your time here.

Orientation for New Master’s and PhD Students

You may have an orientation with your program, but the Graduate Division orientation includes additional information required by the university. The agenda for 2024 will be coming soon but save the date for Friday, Sept. 6, 2024. It’s helpful to view the Student Services video prior to orientation.

Friday, September 6, 2024
Mission Bay Campus

Virtual Integrated Student Services Orientation

This video orientation, prepared by the Student Success Center, introduces you to the key resources, services, and people dedicated to supporting your success at UCSF!


Community Circles

New PhD students will be invited to participate in Community Circles within their specific program. These facilitated conversations encompass community building, understanding personal values and identities, and collectively developing community values that align with the individuals in the program. Please contact your program administrator if you have questions.

Important Reminders and Resources

First Year Rotations

Basic and biomedical science PhD students: Good rotations set you up for finding a good dissertation lab...but what's a good rotation and how do you have one? To start answering those questions, visit the new Conducting Successful Rotations webpage. It covers what you need to do and understand before, during, and after your rotations and applies to both in-person and virtual rotations.

Basic Needs

Visit basicneeds.ucsf.edu to learn about the resources available to support your well-being, including the Student Food Market, CalFresh, the Food4Students app, and more.


Members of the UCSF community have exclusive access to a variety of discounts on services and products, including some that are just for students! Learn about discounts available to you.

Flu Vaccines

Flu vaccinations are mandatory for learners, employees, and physicians across UCSF. Throughout September and October 2024, UCSF will offer free flu vaccine clinics for all members of the UCSF community at various campuses. (Schedule TBA.)

UCSF Mobile App

Powered by Campus Life Services, the UCSF Mobile App was created to serve the needs of UCSF students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus visitors. Get info on shuttles, parking, campus retailers, news, events, and more. Find more details and download the app.

WarnMe Alert System

WarnMe is UCSF's enterprise-wide alerting and warning service for faculty, learners, staff, and affiliates with official UCSF IDs. Your UCSF-assigned email address is automatically added to WarnMe. You can also receive alerts via a personal phone, text message device, mobile app, pager or personal email. Contact information is confidential and never shared. Text messages have been shown to be the most effective during a critical event, emergency or disaster scenario. Sign up to receive WarnMe alerts via text message.


Social Media: Follow us on X/Twitter @UCSFGradDiv and Instagram 

Campus Email: Now that you have a UCSF email address, please check it regularly. We send important notices out to students via campus email, and we don't want you to miss them!