New Student Orientation

The official grad student orientation schedule can be found here.

Review 2017 Graduate Orientation Handbook

Breakout Sessions Presentation (from 2016) 

Student Health FAQ

Map of Orientation Locations


International Graduate Student Orientation (August 13th and 14th)

Herzstein Auditorium (Building 4 on Campus Map) and Keck Hall (Building 8 on Campus Map)

More details can be found here.


President’s BBQ (August 14th for all students).

5:30 pm                  Meet at Valhalla to Walk to President’s BBQ, in front of Keck Hall (Building 8)

6:00 – 8:00 pm     President’s BBQ for New Grad Students, Weiss President’s House (Building 58)


General Student Orientation (August 15th for all students).

Graduate Orientation

Hosted by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Graduate Student Association


8:00 am – 8:45 am


 8:45 am – 9:00 am
Social Hour
Lobby, Alice Pratt Brown building
Building 44 on Campus MapCoffee/tea and a light breakfast snack will be available.  No food or drink is allowed in the concert hall, please arrive early to finish your breakfast snack before 8:45 am.


 9:00 am – 11:30 am
 Mandatory General Graduate Student* Orientation**
Stude Concert Hall, Alice Pratt Brown building
Building 44 on Campus Map
 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Break Out Sessions and Lunch
(lunch will be provided)
 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Graduate Student Panels 
running concurrently in the Rice Memorial Center 
 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Refeshments & Socializing
Two Locations:
Farnsworth Pavilion, inside Rice Memorial Center (Building 21 on Campus Map)
Graduate Student Commons & Valhalla (west of Keck Hall, Building 8 on Campus Map)
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Campus Scavenger Hunt
(various locations across campus)
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

GSA Activities Fair
Graduate Student Commons, east side of Keck Hall
Rain Location: Rice Memorial Center 
 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
GSA Cookout at Valhalla for New Graduate Students
Graduate Student Commonswest side of Keck Hall
Building 8 on Campus Map
Rain Location: Rice Memorial Center 

Day after Orientation (August 16th)

9:00 – 11:30 am       Lab Safety Training***, Keck Hall 100 (Building 8)

* New Master of Business Administration and Master of Liberal Studies are not required to attend the General Graduate Student Orientation; please check with your program coordinator for additional information.  All PhD and DMA students, thesis and non-thesis master’s, and non-MBA professional master’s students are required to attend.
** Students fall stipends begin on the first day of classes.  Students who attend orientation will also be paid a stipend for the week of orientation.

*** With the exception only of students in the Departments of Computional and Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics, all students in Natural Science and Engineering and any other student who works in a laboratory is required to attend lab safety training.  Professional Masters students and those in computational or theoretical fields are NOT exempt from lab safety training, with the exception only of students that do not work in a laboratory in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and the Schools of Music, Architecture, Social Sciences, Continuing Studies, and Humanities.  Any student who misses the initial training session will be obliged to attend make-up training if they miss the August 16 session.