Navigating UC Davis

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Navigating UC Davis

  • Computing Accounts
  • Registering for courses
  • ID Cards & Library Privileges
  • California Residency
  • Ordering Transcripts & Diplomas
  • Special Fees
  • Student Health and Counseling Services
  • For more information

Navigating UC Davis

Computing Accounts

To get a UC Davis computing account (email address) or change your passphrase, please visit

Registering for courses

You can search for classes and view instructions on registration on the Office of the Registrar's website (  If you're looking for extended course descriptions for classes, you should visit the website for the department that is offering the course or the General Catalog: For information on required courses, please consult the degree requirements.  For registration deadlines, see

ID Cards & Library Privileges

To obtain an ID Card, please upload your picture online ( Once you receive a confirmation e-mail (sent to your UC Davis e-mail address) indicating that your photo was approved, you can pick up your AggieCard at the AggieCard office in 161A Memorial Union, Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   To activate your library privileges, you can apply online at  For more information on library privileges, see the UC Davis Library website:

California Residency

For information on obtaining California Residency for tuition purposes, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website at   International students who enter the U.S. with a student visa are ineligible to establish California residency for tuition purposes.

Ordering Transcripts & Diplomas

Transcripts and diplomas can be obtained through the Office of the Registrar in 12 Mrak Hall.  To order a transcript, please visit Mrak Hall or order online at the following website:  For diploma information and mailing requests, please visit:

Special Fees

During the first year of study, all students will be charged a one-time document fee. The 2013-14 fee is $150. This fee will cover the cost of the following services throughout your graduate career at UC Davis:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Letters of degree certification
  • Education Verification
  • Mailing of your original diploma

International Students will be charged an International Administrative Fee during their first year.  The 2013-14 fee is $159.  This is a one-time fee that helps cover the cost for Services for International Students & Scholars (SISS) to provide orientation and advising services.

Upon passing the qualifying exam, students are charged a Ph.D. Candidacy fee in order to advance to candidacy.  The 2013-2014 fee is $90. 

Other one-time fees you may encounter during your time here include the PELP application fee (if you apply for the Planned Educational Leave Program) and the Filing Fee application fee (if you apply for Filing fee during the final quarter of your Ph.D.).  More information can be found with the applications for these to statuses at

Student Health and Counseling Services

The new Student Health & Wellness Center is located on La Rue Road between Hutchison Drive and Orchard Road, across the street from the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) and next to the Colleges at La Rue.  Information on the Students Health and Wellness Center can be found at  This website also contains information on the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), including coverage information and the procedure for waiving out of SHIP.

For more information…

For more information on navigating UC Davis, please see the Graduate Student Guide created by the Office of Graduate Studies:  If you are still having trouble figuring something out and don’t know where to look, please see the Graduate Program Coordinator, Mandy Bachman, in 216 Sproul.

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