Graduate Student Orientation

Designed to introduce new graduate students to graduate education at Utah State University.

Online Orientation Course (Required)

All incoming graduate students are required to take an online orientation course. This orientation provides an overview of graduate education at USU, a checklist for new students, grad school best practices, and campus resources. Students are encouraged to complete all the modules before the beginning of the semester, but all materials will remain accessible throughout their time at USU. Students should contact their Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC) with any questions.

Student using a laptop.

In-Person Orientation

The School of Graduate Studies offers an optional in-person orientation session for students located on or near the Logan campus. The in-person orientation supplements, rather than replaces, the online orientation. Students will hear from faculty, staff, and the Vice Provost of Graduate Studies on how to make the best of their time in graduate school. The 2023 in-person orientation session will take place on Thursday, August 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by an ice cream social for all graduate students. The in-person session will include breakout sessions on grad school resources and best-practices, lunch, and cross-disciplinary networking opportunities.


Group gathered for in-person orientation.


In-Person Orientation Itinerary

August 24, 2023

8:00am - 9:00am - Check-in & Breakfast
9:00am -11:00am - Main Session
11:00am -11:30am - Time Management Session
11:30am -12:00pm - Breakout Session
12:30pm - Lunch and Aggie Ice Cream Social

Students picking up Aggie ice cream