Admitted Student FAQs

  • 1. How long may I wait to accept my offer of admission?
    The national acceptance deadline for graduate admission and financial support offers is April 15 at 11:59PM (PST).
  • 2. May I defer acceptance from one year to the next?
    Yes; occasionally students offered admission cannot come to campus for the academic year in which they are accepted. In such cases, the student may request admission deferral for one year. These requests are typically approved, however, any offer of financial support cannot be deferred. When admission is deferred, the student will be considered for funding when candidates are selected for admission in the following year, but any previous funding cannot be guaranteed.
  • 3. How do I accept my admission offer?
    Shortly after your offer arrives, you will receive instructions from the Graduate Division for accepting or declining admission. Students who accept are required to file a Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) and a statement of legal residence with the Registrar’s Office.
  • 4. I am an international student and I received my admission and financial support offers, but my visa documents have not yet arrived.
    International students must apply for a visa to study in the US, specifically at UC Irvine. International students will be contacted by the Graduate Affairs Office once the Statement of Intent (SIR) has been submitted. International students can contact Tracy Charles for any questions regarding the visa process.
  • 5. How do I get into on-campus housing?
    All offers of PhD admission include guaranteed placement in campus housing for one year less than normal time to degree. Instructions for applying for guaranteed housing placement will be sent to students either with the admissions packet or shortly afterward. Although placement in on-campus housing is guaranteed, entering year students must still apply to participate in the program. The application deadline is May 1 for the following academic year (please visit the Campus Housing site for additional information).
  • 6. When do I enroll?
    Enrollment windows for entering students open in the summer, usually in mid-June.
  • 7. What is involved with registering for classes?
    Registration consists of two related steps--enrollment and fee payment. Both must be completed prior to the start of fall quarter. The fall registration deadline will be September 15. Instructions for accessing UCI's registration system WebReg will be provided to entering students during during summer.
  • 8. How do I pay my fees?
    Students receiving financial support will have their fees paid on their behalf as a benefit of employment (for teaching assistants and graduate student researchers), or with fellowship funds. Fee payment occurs as an internal on-campus financial transaction. Non-resident tuition for out of state students receiving financial support is covered in the same way.




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