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The Graduate School is committed to advancing academic excellence in graduate and postdoctoral education and training. We have several departments that can assist you with questions regarding professional development activities, administrative processes, and graduate student success initiatives. 


Office Hours: 8 A.M. to 5 P.M., Monday through Friday 

Campus Location: GSR 2.116


Questions regarding admissions, transcripts and recruiting.




Graduate School Orientation

You are about to embark on an exciting journey of self-improvement, professional growth and academic excellence. We are excited to join you on this journey beginning with Graduate School Orientation (GSO). You're invited to a day of fun and learning to network with fellow new students and hear from current students and faculty! 


Fall Staged Doctoral Orientations
Dissertation Launch Candidacy
In-Person: Sept. 18, 2-4 p.m. Willow Room In-Person: Oct. 18, 2-4 p.m. Retama Auditorium In-Person: Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m. Harris Room
Virtual: Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m.


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Virtual: Oct. 19, 3-5 p.m.


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Virtual: Sept. 16, 3-5 p.m.


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  Admitted for Summer Term   Now Open!
  Admitted for Fall Term   Now Open!
  Admitted for Spring Term   Opens in December
Required In-Person Introductory Doctoral Orientation:  Register Here  for the August 15, 2023 session
  • Check In and Breakfast: 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Graduate School Program: 10 a.m. - Noon
  • College/Program Session: Determined by College


Admitted for fall your orientation will be August 9, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.



Admitted for fall your orientation will be August 17, 2023 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please choose either In-Person or Virtual Orientation
Doctoral orientation is required and an important milestone in your graduate education!

*A hold will be placed on your record if you do not attend one of the doctoral orientations.


Click to view the Bold Doctoral Staged Orientation series!

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We offer other important aspects of GSO prerecorded on the Graduate School YouTube channel Orientation Playlist for you to view at your own pace; including student success breakout sessions covering the following topics:

  • Graduate Study Skills and Habits
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • The Working Graduate Student
  • Stress Management and Wellbeing
  • Understanding the Graduate Student Experience
  • Learning in a Virtual Environment

Prior to the start of your first semester, make sure all items are complete on the Graduate School Rowdy Ready Checklist .

If you have questions about GSO, email our Orientation team at If you are an international student and have questions about intake paperwork, please contact International Student Services at GSO is held prior to the fall and spring semesters; summer admits are encouraged to attend in the fall semester Orientation program.