New 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, 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 encouraged to attend.

All incoming graduate students are welcome to attend orientation. The Engineering & Project Management programs, housed on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS 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 excused from attending orientation.

Spring 2017 Orientation

Orientation for the Spring 2017 semester will be split into two parts: one online session and one in-person session.

  • The online orientation session will open in the beginning of January. Completion of the online orientation is mandatory for all students. You can now find online orientation session through Blackboard, under "My Courses."
  • The in-person orientation session will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Please check back later for the time and location. Lunch will be provided for all who attend! Registration for the in-person orientation has closed.

All admitted students will receive more information regarding both orientation sessions as the Spring 2017 semester approaches. General questions about orientation should be directed to the Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Outreach.

Fall 2016 Orientation

The online orientation for the Fall 2016 semester is open. Students should plan on completing it before classes start. Completion of the online orientation is mandatory for all students. The online orientation session can be found through Blackboard, under "My Courses." If you do not have an "Engineering Graduate Orientation" course listed on your Blackboard page, please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Outreach ASAP.

Please contact the Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment and Outreach if you have any questions regarding the online orientation or materials covered in the in-person orientation.

KU Graduate Studies - Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair

The KU Office of Graduate Studies, which oversees all graduate programs at KU and hosts a Jayhawk Welcome and Information Fair.  The Graduate Studies Office also provides additional resources to incoming graduate students. 

New Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation

The KU Office of Graduate Studies and Center for Teaching Excellence host a mandatory orientation for new Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) each semester. 

Orientation for International Students

International students should be prepared to attend the required international student orientation.  


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