Admitted Graduate Student Next Steps

Next Steps

Admitted Graduate Student Next Steps

We can't wait to welcome you into the graduate student fold. Please use these helpful tips as you prepare to set off on your graduate student journey. 

Action Steps Ahead of Registration


    • Go to and click on ‘Claim Your Account’ and select the appropriate option/link
    • Enter your last name, birth date and Student ID number (found in your acceptance letter or call 719-255-3084). If you encounter and technical problems claiming your account, please contact the UCCS IT HelpDesk at 719-255-4357.


    Use your prior account login and password to claim your account. (Forgot or having problems with your login and password? Contact the UCCS IT HelpDesk at 719-255-4357 or


    Once you have set up your student account, you can log on to the Student Portal using the tools dropdown at the top of this page. YOU SHOULD BECOME VERY FAMILIAR WITH YOUR STUDENT PORTAL. This is where you confirm or decline your intent to enroll with UCCS. In your Student Portal, you can also update your contact information, view your financial aid awards, search and register for classes, and many other actions.


    Please note: This step must be completed even if you have confirmed your intent with your academic program. Go to your myUCCS portal homepage, select ‘Records and Registration’ dropdown and then choose ‘Access Student Self Services’. Next, select the ‘Admissions’ tile and then choose ‘Accept/Decline Offer’. It may take up to two business days for your account to become active.


    During your enrollment period, detailed instructions and videos to register for classes can be found at: IF YOU NEED ADVISING ON WHAT CLASSES YOU SHOULD REGISTER FOR, CONTACT YOUR PROGRAM DIRECTLY. A list of program contacts can be found at


    If unofficial transcripts were used for the admissions review/selection process, you must submit OFFICIAL transcripts before you begin your second semester of classes.


    The State of Colorado requires that you have certain immunizations when attending the UCCS campus. To make sure you are in compliance with this state law, please go to the UCCS Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center Health Services website and click on ‘Immunizations’ and follow the instructions of how to submit your immunization information. Please contact the UCCS Wellness Center at 719-255-4444 if you have any questions.


    If you are commuting to campus with a motor vehicle, a valid parking permit is REQUIRED to park in most lots on the UCCS campus. To obtain a parking permit please visit . Hourly parking is available through kiosks located around campus and through the ParkMobile app. Additionally, a free shuttle is an option from the 500 series lots off Nevada.


    Please check with your department to see if they offer an orientation. All new graduate students are invited to the New Graduate Student Welcome Reception at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Please contact the Graduate School at 719-255-3417 or for more details.


    Once you have claimed your student account, you are eligible to obtain a UCCS LION ONE CARD, which is a photo ID that will identify you as an official UCCS student. These can ONLY be obtained ON CAMPUS at the Information Desk in the University Center. A fee may apply. Call 719-255-3450 for more information.


    Please follow the important next steps (including your VISA information) here to complete your enrollment process at UCCS.


    You are encouraged to review our scholarship website found here to learn more about scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements, application processes, and deadlines. More specifically, you can view our Frequently Asked Questions page to help find the answers to any general questions you may have concerning scholarship opportunities at UCCS.

    The UCCS Scholarship Application, which is housed in your myUCCS portal, will display only those scholarships you might qualify for based upon your declared graduate program, residency status, and GPA. Your portal will not display these scholarships until the scholarship application opens on December 1. Make sure you have completed all requests from the admissions office and have submitted current transcripts to ensure the list of scholarships you are seeing is accurate.

    Important Dates for Scholarship Consideration:

    • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens for the upcoming academic year at - the application year is based on the fall semester you will begin at UCCS (i.e. fall 2018 semester will be the 2018-2019 academic year). All domestic graduate students should consider completing the FAFSA as early as possible.
    • December 1: Institutional scholarship application opens for the upcoming academic year.
    • February 1: Deadline for institutional merit-based scholarships.
    • March 1: Deadline for institutional need-based scholarships. Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible before this date to be considered for the maximum scholarship, grant, work-study, and loan package.

    The How to Apply for Scholarships guide will help you navigate to the scholarship application via the myUCCS student portal.

    Graduate program departments may also have awards (e.g., scholarships, work study, teaching or research assistantships) for students based on a set of criteria. As graduate student, you may also be able to find graduate assistantship or teaching assistantship opportunities within your department. Please check with your program contact for more information.

    In addition, UCCS offers 2,000 + on campus job opportunities for students. You are more than welcome to check out the on campus employment opportunities (on S.E.A.N. list) once you are on campus.

    International students are not eligible to apply for institutional need-based financial aid; however, all accepted UCCS students are eligible to apply for UCCS merit-based scholarships. These types of scholarships are often awarded based on GPA, community or extracurricular involvement, or other exceptional qualities. The scholarship application runs typically from December 1 to March 1. You can check out the detailed scholarships here:

Quick Contact Links

Bookstore: 719-255-3247 /
Campus Housing: 719-255-4042 /
Disability Services: 719-255-3354 /
Financial Aid and Scholarships: 719-255-3460 /
Graduate School and Admissions Information: 719-255-3417 /
International Affairs: 719-255-5018 /
Office of Information Technology: 719-255-4357 /
Registrar/Registration: 719-255-3361 /
Tuition and Fees: 719-255-3391 /
Veteran and Military Student Affairs: 719-255-3253 /
Wellness Center: 719-255-4444 /