To-Do Checklist

Students in a classroom

Congratulations on your acceptance, and welcome to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. You will no doubt contribute a great amount of knowledge and experience to our community of scholars.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has provided the checklist below for new matriculating students.

arrowInternational students: Please review the information sheet.
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1. Confirm your intention to enroll.

2. Set up your UNet Account (Brandeis Email).

3. Complete REQUIRED health forms.

4. Submit official transcript.

5. Secure Housing.

6. You are welcome to visit campus

7. Register for courses.

8. Attend Orientation.

9. Learn about commuting to campus and apply for a parking permit.

10. Log into LATTE

11. Get your Student ID card.

12. Explore the Graduate Student Center.

13. Complete your I-9 Form and establish direct deposit.

14. Learn more about dining services on campus.

15. Review the Graduate Student Handbook.


1. Confirm your intention to enroll.

Should you decide to join us, please be sure that you have followed the specific instructions as outlined in your admission letter. Your first step should be to complete the online admission form. Only complete this form if you have already received a formal admission letter from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. If your admission letter states that you must also submit a non-refundable $300 tuition deposit in addition to confirming your offer, you can make that payment via credit card online immediately after completing your admission response form or by following this link. This tuition deposit will be credited toward your first semester tuition.You may also opt to mail this payment to us directly via check or money order made payable to Brandeis University. If your letter asks for a tuition deposit, please note that your confirmation will not be considered complete until payment is received. If you have any questions, please e-mail us.

2. Set up your UNet Account (Brandeis Email).

Instructions on setting up a Brandeis UNet account, which includes email, will be emailed to you after you confirm your intention to enroll (in late spring). After setting up your UNet account most correspondence will be sent to your Brandeis email address.

3. Complete REQUIRED health forms.

Complete required health forms, found here: Health and Immunization Form and Health Insurance Selection/Reporting Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Center at (781) 736-3677.

4. Submit official transcript(s).

Submit your final official transcript(s) to GSAS indicating the date of degree conferral of your bachelor's degree, if you have not yet done so, as well as official trancripts from any other institutions attended. Please see the Transcript Section on our FAQs for more information. Failure to submit this transcript may result in registration delays.

5. Secure Housing.

On-campus graduate student housing is not available. However, students are able to find convenient rental housing that is only a walk or a short car, bus, or T (commuter rail) ride from campus. To learn more, see the Off-Campus Housing Guide.

6. You are welcome to visit campus.

If you would like to visit campus before starting classes, please contact your department to set up a campus visit. 

7. Register for courses.

All new graduate students entering in spring 2015 may register via SAGE in January. You should discuss course options with your director of graduate studies if you have not yet done so. You can access department contact phone numbers here. Summer students should contact their department for registration information. Please note: incoming students are not able to register during the University's early registration period. For important registration information, please visit the following links: 

8. Attend Orientation.

Incoming spring 2015 students will receive an email about orientation. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

9. Learn about commuting to campus and apply for a parking permit.

You can find a list of van and shuttle service times and locations to help you maneuver around campus as well as purchase a discounted MBTA pass through the Graduate Student Center. To apply for a parking permit for on-campus parking, visit the Department of Public Safety.

10. Log into LATTE.

Log into LATTE (Brandeis' online learning environment) using your UNet ID to determine if you have class assignments or required course textbooks and materials.

11. Get your Student ID card.

You may obtain your Student ID card by visiting the Campus Card Office on the ground floor of Kutz Hall, (781) 736-4230. Their normal business hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This ID card can be used at campus libraries, dining services locations, marked vending machines, and for printing and copying at the University Copy Center, as well as for door access to the athletic center and labs.

12. Explore the Graduate Student Center.

The Graduate Student Center is located across from the Registrar's office in Kutz Hall. Need advice on finding housing? Want to purchase a discounted MBTA pass? Participate in Graduate Student Affairs activities? The Graduate Student Center can assist you.

13. Complete your I-9 Form and establish direct deposit.

In order to obtain a job on campus or receive your stipend, you must be able to present original identification to the University that satisfies the requirements of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Please review the instructions to ensure you bring appropriate identification when completing the form. Students receiving GSAS stipends should bring their completed I9 and identification to GSAS in Kutz. Forms for campus jobs should be returned to Student Financial Services.

You will also need to establish your direct deposit information which you can do through the Brandeis University Self Service (BUSS) system or complete a direct deposit form with the payroll office.

14. Learn more about dining services on campus.

Visit Dining Services to see locations, menus, and hours of dining options on campus. Please note that at the beginning of the semester there may be special hours of operation which will be posted on their website.

15. Review the Graduate Student Handbook.

The Graduate Student Handbook contains useful information ranging from course registration and GSAS workshops to student billing and rights and responsibilities. The handbook is currently being updated for the 2014-15 Academic Year and a link will be posted once revisions are complete.