Welcome New Students



Steps to Registration

1. Statement of Legal Residence (SLR): Required of all UCSB students

If you have not already done so as a part of the Admissions Steps to Enrollment, complete the Online Statement of Legal Residence (SLR). This is required of all new students and of students who are returning after an absence of three or more quarters. Failure to submit your SLR will result in the assessment of out-of-state fees, and may prevent disbursement of financial aid.

It may take several weeks to determine whether you satisfy University requirements for classification as a California resident. Additional information may be requested. You may check the progress of your residency determination on the Registration Information page in GOLD. A status of “Pending” indicates your SLR is under review, and will be updated once your residency has been verified.

2.  Prepare for Registration

Activate your U-Mail account, UCSB's official student email service, to register for your UCSBnetID and Password. Use this to login to GOLD and have access to:

  • Your Major Progress Check (under the 'Progress' menu) and view requirements you have satisfied
  • Track degree progress under 'Progress' (undergraduates)
  • Register for classes
  • View grades
  • Review and update Personal Data
  • Check for Registration Blocks
  • Order Transcripts and Verifications
  • View all Quarter Deadlines
  • Receive important messages from UCSB

Other ways to prepare for registration include:

  • Check out Fall Orientation (if you were unable to attend Summer Orientation) for helpful information academic advising and about UCSB.
  • Visit the Online General Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites. (To view course information for a specific quarter, log into GOLD.)
  • Review your college's academic requirements: (General Education requirements are  based on the first year you enrolled at UCSB)

3.  Register on GOLD

Registration appointments are referred to as “passes” or “pass times”; they indicate when you can register for classes on GOLD. UCSB students typically receive a total of three registration passes, and each has slightly different rules and limits. For more information, visit Enrollment in an Academic Quarter.

New students receive appointments for Pass 2 and Pass 3 only. Pass 1 is reserved for continuing students. You may view your assigned pass times on the Registration Info page in GOLD using your UCSBnetID and Password. You may also use your Perm and Pin if you have trouble logging in with your login information. If you are a new Winter or Spring admit, please make an appointment with an academic advisor in your college.

Prerequisites are enforced at registration.

Please be aware of registration deadlines. These dates are listed on GOLD. Summer Session students can find registration deadlines on the Summer Session website.

4.  Payment of Fees

Fees must be paid or deferred through the BARC Office by the fee deadline for each term in order to retain your space in classes. If you are receiving financial aid, please confer with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for further information.

To defer fees, download a Payment Plan agreement form available at the BARC website under “Payment Plan Agreements.” This will allow you to make installment payments and keep your account in good standing.

Failure to meet financial obligations through full payment or enrollment in a payment plan by the fee deadline will result in a $50 Late Payment Fee and/or a lapse in status.

5.  Address Verification

Update address information under Contact Information in GOLD. A block may be placed on your account that will prevent future registration if you do not confirm your address annually.