For New Graduate Students

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Arizona's Wyant College of Optical Sciences (OSC)! 

We have set up this section of our website to provide you with information to help you make a smooth transition to being a member of our College and University… and the key factor to your smooth transition into graduate school is communication!

In the interest of communication, the first steps you should complete once you accept admission to your Optical Sciences graduate program are to:

  • Review the New Graduate Student To Do List and complete those tasks!
  • For Fall admission: Attend OSC New Graduate Student Orientation the Thursday and Friday before the first day of classes.  For 2024, orientation will be on August 22 & 23:
    • To give you an idea of orientation topics, the 2023 Agenda is HERE
    • (Once activated, the RSVP form will be HERE)
  • Update your current address, phone number and email address in UAccess Student Center (under the Personal tab).
  • Establish your University of Arizona email address and make sure to check your UA email inbox for all communications from the University of Arizona, including the Graduate College and the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. 
  • Please review the links below for information about important events, the University of Arizona, the Wyant College of Optical Sciences, class registration and more.
  • Review important dates on the Academic Calendars at the link below.  

Feel free to contact Graduate Academic Advisor at, or 520-621-8418 if you have questions or concerns – or feel free to stop by and visit! You can find the Optical Sciences Academic Programs Office on the ground floor of the Meinel Optical Sciences Building in Room 403.

If you are joining our program as an on-campus student, one of your first things you will decide is when to travel to Tucson.  As you confirm your travel arrangements, we ask that you be aware of the following important dates:

There will be a lot of valuable information at the OSC Orientation, and you will have a chance to meet your fellow classmates!  Orientation takes place at the Optical Sciences building.  All new Fall semester students are sent information about orientation around mid-summer before school starts, so if you haven't heard from us please let us know!  (And also please check that your are using your new University of Arizona email address if you have one.)

Many details about funding opportunities are found here:

Funding Information 


The following PDF also provides an overview of information about funding for new graduate students that was presented at a recent OSC orientation.  While some of the numbers are out of date, the general overview is still relevant.  

Orientation Student Funding (PPT)

To start to get to know your new College prior to your arrival here, we encourage you to look throughout our entire website!  Perhaps some of the webpages that you are most interested in at the moment are the following:


faculty Directory 

Faculty Research Specialties 

Student Groups 

Graduate Student Cubicles

To start to get to know your new University prior to your arrival here, some of the webpages will be of help:

About the University 

UA Phonebook 

Helpful Offices at the University of Arizona 

UA Map 

Campus Parking Information 

UA Mobile App for Android and iPhone 

On-campus and distance learning graduate students register for classes in UAccess Student.  Although they need not do so until after they have arrived on campus and attended orientation (for main campus student), distance students are strongly recommended to enroll in classes at least a week or two before the start of classes. 

Students attending on-campus must meet University immunization requirements to be able to register.

All international students in the distance learning program must submit a waiver of insurance to avoid automatic charges to their accounts.

Registration fees are due on the first day of classes each semester


UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator 

Arizona Proposition 300: Lawful Presence Residency Requirement 

UA Campus Health Service 

Wyant College Full List of Courses 

UArizona Handshake (Job Opportunities for Students)

The Optical Sciences Graduate Student Handbook is our complete guide to the requirements and policies of all of our graduate programs.  

You may also be interested in viewing the UA Graduate College policies, found here:

UA Graduate College Policies