Please submit a separate application for each course in which you wish to enroll. Please do not send payment with your application(s): no payment is due until you have been notified of admission to the course(s) for which you have applied. We advise prospective students not to make travel or hotel reservations until they have been admitted to a course.
Tip: If you intend to apply to multiple courses, we encourage you to contact us for advice about application strategies before completing your applications.
A Statement of Purpose is a required part of the application. For the Statement of Purpose, describe your background or interest in the area, any work you have done in a relevant field, independent study in which you have been engaged, or whatever additional information you think would be helpful to your instructor(s) in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for this course. Be sure to address any specific qualifications or other matters mentioned in the descriptions of your course. Your Statement of Purpose should be addressed to the relevant instructor(s) of the course to which you are applying.
Faculty do not require or make evaluations based on letters of reference, certifications, and other supplementary material unless specifically requested in the course description (e.g. samples of cataloging records). A résumé or curriculum vitae may substitute for the professional and work experience portion of the application; however, be sure to include all the information requested on the application (education and employment history, previous CalRBS attendance, etc).
Completed applications may be submitted by fax, post, or email (PDFs only; please, no DOCs, TIFs or JPGs). If you are unable to create a PDF version of your application, we ask you to fax it to 310.206.4460 or mail it (single-sided, please) to:
California Rare Book School
UCLA Department of Information Studies
254 GSE&IS Building, Box 951520
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
Faculty make their first round of admission decisions three months before their courses begins. After the first round, students will be admitted on a rolling basis until the course is full. Invariably, there are many more qualified applicants than there are spaces. Some qualified students may be placed on a waiting list. In general, instructor(s) do not indicate a preference order for wait-listed students. If for any reason an admitted student is unable to attend, the instructor(s) will make a selection from the applicant pool, which will include those students on the original waiting list as well as any additional applicants. We encourage those on the waiting list to contact the Project Manager for advice in applying for alternatives. If you wish to apply to another course, you will need to submit a separate application. While CalRBS accepts applications up until a course begins, your chances of admission are greatly increased if your application is received two weeks ahead of the first round of admission decisions, i.e. three and half months before the course begins. We cannot hold your application for future years. All admissions decisions are final. Faculty will not provide additional details about individual admissions decisions.
Admitted students will receive an admissions packet containing a confirmation form and tuition invoice along with their letter of admission. As a courtesy to students who may be on a waiting list, we ask students to confirm their attendance within two weeks of receiving their admission packet. Payment is due one month before a course begins. If you are unable to attend, your tuition is refundable so long as you let us know at least two weeks before the start date of the course.