Graduate Student Orientation 2020

2020 NOTICE: The School of Graduate Studies is in the process of moving our 2020 New Graduate Student Orientation online. The new online program will be in the form of a Canvas course, which graduate students will have the opportunity complete between Monday, August 24, and Thursday, August 27.

When the course is ready, new students will be sent a course link via email from the School of Graduate Studies, which will lead them into the online orientation. To allow flexibility, students are not required to complete the course all at once, but can log-in to the system and complete sections on their own time and at their own pace.

Additional details about navigating the Canvas course, and other important details about preparing for graduate school will be emailed to students periodically, beginning in August.


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2019 Orientation Schedule:

1:00 – Main session. Learn about the grad school, working with graduate program coordinators, important USU policies, and grad school events for the upcoming semester.

1:45 – 4:00 – Breakouts. Students will be able to choose 3 of the following 4 breakout sessions to attend:

  • Welcome to USU: an overview of USU campus and information about resources like computer labs, the technology we use at USU, parking, ID cards, wellness, and USU traditions.
  • Welcome to Cache Valley: a guide to housing, transportation, public resources, recreation/food/culture, and family resources available in Logan.
  • Intro to Grad Studies: an introduction to graduate school. Will cover how grad programs differ from undergrad programs, the differences between different types of graduate degrees, how to navigate life as a nontraditional student, how to connect with peers, how to adjust to a graduate school schedule and workload, and maintaining mental health.
  • Intro to Research: will cover relevant and required research trainings (EHS, IRB, etc), grant and funding resources, research assistantships, and library resources.

5:00 – Graduate Student Social on the Quad. Come enjoy food, music, and socializing!

RSVP by clicking the link in our weekly orientation emails!

(If you haven’t received these emails, please contact

Utah State University Graduate Student Orientation

Check out the New Student Checklist for things you won’t want to forget!

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Fall 2018 Orientation Slides
Fall 2018 Orientation Handouts