New Student Orientation

The official grad student orientation schedule can be found here.

Graduate Orientation Handbook

Breakout Sessions Presentation

Orientation Newsletter

Student Health FAQ

Map of Orientation Locations


International Graduate Student Orientation (August 14th and 15th)

Herzstein Auditorium (Building 35)

More details can be found here.

General Student Orientation (August 16th for all students).

8:00 – 8:45 am      Social Hour, Alice Pratt Brown building (Building 15)

8:45 – 9:00 am      Registration, Alice Pratt Brown building (Building 15)

9:00 – 11:30 am     Mandatory General Graduate Student* Orientation**, Alice Pratt Brown building (Building 15)

11:45 – 1:15 pm       Break Out Sessions and Lunch, locations will vary (lunch is provided)

1:30 – 5:00 pm       Refreshments & Socializing, two locations: Farnsworth Pavillion in Rice Memorial Center (Building 21) and Graduate Student Commons & Valhalla (west of Keck Hall, Building 8)

1:30 – 4:30 pm       Graduate Student Panels, various locations in RMC Student Center (Building 21)

3:00 – 5:00 pm       Campus Scavenger Hunt, various locations across campus

5:00 – 8:00 pm      GSA Activities Fair, Graduate Student Commons, east side of Keck Hall (Building 8)

5:00 – 8:00 pm      GSA Cookout at Valhalla for New Graduate Students, Graduate Student Commons, west side of Keck Hall (Building 8)

Day after Orientation (August 17th)

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

President’s BBQ (August 17th 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)

* 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 Mathematics and Statistics, all students in Natural Science and Engineering and any other student who works in a lab is required to attend lab safety training.  Professional Masters students and those in computational or theoretical fields are NOT exempt from lab safety training.  Any student who misses the initial training session will be obliged to attend make-up training if they miss the August 21st session.
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