There are standard formats for a University of California Ph.D. thesis. They are strictly enforced, and UCSC has rejected thesis submissions that do not conform to their guidelines. When preparing your thesis, the following steps should be taken to ensure a successful acceptance of your finished manuscript.
1. Review the latest revision of the Dissertation and Thesis Preparation Guidelines found on the graduate forms page. This document contains detailed information on everything from how to format the document, to what type of paper to print it on.
2. Use of the UC Thesis LaTeX template is highly suggested, as it automatically formats your thesis according to UC specifications.
3. It is important to note that use of the LaTeX template does not guarantee that your thesis will be accepted (specifications change). Before submitting your thesis to the university, arrange for Kris West to review your manuscript.