Welcome to UC Santa Barbara! 

A successful orientation requires the combined efforts of the supervisor, the employee and University service units to effect a smooth transition to campus life.


Prepare For Your First Day

Your hiring department will give you instructions on how to obtain a parking permit for your first day on campus. You will need to complete the new hire paperwork before you can apply for a long-term permit.

Parking Services

Your department personnel coordinator will give you the forms and help you complete the required information.

  • Bring acceptable documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the US.  A list of acceptable documents is available on the USCIS website.

Complete in Your First 30 Days

New Employee Orientation (NEO) is held twice per month. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.


Please plan on attending New Employee Orientation (NEO) within your first 30 days. No registration is required.

Option 1: In person, NEO is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 9:00 -11:30 a.m. The in-person NEO will be held in Human Resources, 3101 SAASB, 3rd floor. We highly recommend all employees attend in-person NEO. If you are represented by a union, and work a fully remote schedule, please contact your union representative for a different meeting time.

Option 2: Online (eNEO) is available online in the UC Learning Center. You will receive access to the UC Learning Center approximately one week after your start date. Please reach out to your supervisor directly if you have any questions about accessing it in the UC Learning Center.


In addition to attending New Employee Orientation, the slideshow will give you an overview of UCSB history, organizational structure and policies as well as the many staff tools and resources offered on campus. 

View the New Employee Orientation Slide Show

The First Year Experience is a 9-course follow-up to your New Employee Orientation. FYE will help you navigate your first year as UC Santa Barbara staff and will invite you to explore the vast opportunities and support services available to YOU and your newly hired colleagues.


As a new employee, you probably have a lot of questions about your Health and Welfare Benefits. In addition to New Employee Orientation, you will find resources to help you make the right choices   on UCnet.

Remember, you have 31 days from your first day at work to enroll in your benefits. 

Newly appointed faculty members who don’t enroll within 31 days of their start date have a second period of eligibility that begins on the first day of classes for the semester or quarter in which the appointment starts or the first day the faculty member arrives at the campus, whichever comes first.


For most plans, you’re covered on your first day at work.  But, we will need time to process your enrollment.

Learn about Benefits and How to Enroll

All current Faculty and Staff members may request a UC Santa Barbara ACCESS identification card. The Access card is a multipurpose card that contains your picture and employee number.  It can be used for:

  • identification at campus events
  • opening authorized keyless locks
  • recording work time in KRONOS
  • checking out University Library books
  • debit card purchases on campus

You must have an active appointment in the Payroll-Personnel System to request an ID card.
Go to the University Center Information Desk located on the main level of the University Center. Appointments are not necessary.  Bring one of the following photo IDs:  Valid driver's license, State identification card or Passport.

UCen Access Card/Information Desk
(805) 893-2464