Graduate Student Orientation


The School of Engineering hosts an orientation for new graduate students during the fall and spring semesters. Orientation offers students an opportunity to meet graduate students and faculty, gain valuable information about the advisor/advisee relationship, research and academic integrity, funding resources, receive enrollment assistance, and obtain information about KU graduate programs, the city of Lawrence, and the community. 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

All incoming graduate students are welcome to attend orientation. The Engineering/Project Management and Information Technology programs, housed on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kan., host a separate orientation, and these students are not expected to attend the Lawrence campus session. Part-time students who are working professionals enrolling in the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department are also not required to attend, but attendance is encouraged.

KU Graduate Studies - Graduate Welcome & University Orientation

The KU Office of Graduate Studies, which oversees all graduate programs at KU, hosts a orientation event each fall for all new graduate students. The Graduate Studies Office also provides additional resources to incoming graduate students. 

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 invited to register to attend the 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.