Eaton Hall

Graduate Student Orientation

The School of Engineering hosts an orientation for new graduate students each year before the fall semester starts. Orientation offers students an opportunity to meet fellow graduate students, staff, and faculty. Students gain valuable information about the advisor/advisee relationship, funding resources, receive enrollment assistance, and additional resource information. Graduates who received their bachelor's degree from KU are also encouraged to attend. Students seeking certificate programs and those enrolling in online programs do not need to attend.

You will need to use your KU online ID to register.  If you have not setup your online ID yet, please do so at MyIdentity Account Setup.

August 17th, 2022




Check-in:  8:30am

G411 LEEP2


Department Orientation Information

Students should go to their department orientation location for lunch unless otherwise indicated.

DepartmentLocationDepartment Contact
Aerospace Engineering2139 LearnedAmy Borton -
Bioengineering*1 EatonSam Foley –
Chemical & Petroleum Engineering4161 LearnedMartha Kehr –
Civil, Environmental, & Architectural EngineeringFriday 8/19 9:30am
2133 Learned
Ronda Morgison –
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science*G415 LEEP2Joy Grisafe-Gross –
Mechanical Engineering3131 LearnedTracy Rockers –

* Room is open for lunch, but program doesn’t begin until 1:00

KU Graduate Studies – Orientation Sessions

KU Graduate Admissions hosts orientation sessions each fall for all new graduate students. The Graduate Studies Office also provides additional resources to incoming graduate students under their Welcome Guide & Info Hub. 

New Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation

The KU Center for Teaching Excellence hosts a mandatory orientation for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) each semester. The training typically takes place the Monday before classes start (check website for specific dates). It is important for students to plan for this event in their schedule, as new GTA's who do not complete the training may have their appointments terminated. 

Orientation for International Students

International students are required to participate in international student orientation. This event is managed by International Student Services. Additional resources to help students transition to the university are available on their website. 

Hawk Week

KU starts off your bright future with big fun. Hawk Week has so many live and festive events focused on community and inclusivity we couldn’t pack it in seven days and have stretched it to 10. Your path to the future is paved with learning, laughing, and a lot of free stuff.