Graduate Student Orientations

The Graduate College hosts two types of orientation sessions during the year. These sessions introduce graduate students and teaching assistants to the University resources and services available to them.

For new graduate students

The New Graduate Student Orientation is held before each fall and spring semester. Designed for new students, this orientation focuses on the following:

  • The nuts and bolts of graduate school
  • Research resources
  • Graduate assistantship information
  • University resources and services
  • Meeting fellow graduate students and University faculty and staff

View our slides from our Fall 2017 Orientation New Graduate Student Orientation 


For teaching assistants

All new graduate teaching assistants must attend the Teaching Assistant Orientation before the TA teaches any class.

This orientation provides students with information relevant to their academic role as well as graduate assistantship responsibilities, including:

  • Legal issues related to teaching
  • Effective teaching strategies

Typically, academic departments also provide formal orientation and training sessions for their specific teaching assignments. Such departmental training is a supplement to, rather than a substitute for, this required orientation.

View our slides from the Fall 2017 Teaching Assistant Orientation 

Spring Orientation date

  • New Graduate Student Orientation 
    January 12, 2018

Fall Orientation dates

  • New Graduate Student Orientation
    August 13, 2018
  • Teaching Assistant Orientation
    August 14, 2018