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, 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.
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, 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.
Fall 2018 Orientation
Orientation for the fall semester takes place on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, and will be split into two parts: an online session and an in-person session.
- The online orientation session will become available on July 1, 2018. 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 Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Services.
- The in-person orientation has two locations for Lawrence & Edwards Campus students.
- The Lawrence Campus session will be held on Wednesday, August 15th, from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM in the Burge Union, Forum CD. Click here for the full agenda. Check-in will begin at 8:00 AM in the Burge Union. The official programming will begin at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be provided for all who attend! Please register for this event by August 1st. The Graduate Engineering Association (GEA) will also host a social event in the evening (optional) for students. More information about GEA events can be found on their Facebook page.
- The Edwards Campus session will also take place Wednesday, August 15th, from 5:30-8:00 PM in the BEST Building Conference Center. Click here for the full agenda. All Edwards Campus students are automatically registered for this event.
All admitted students will receive more information regarding both orientation sessions via email from the school and department or program. General questions about orientation should be directed to the Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Services.
Spring 2019 Orientation
Orientation for the spring semester is tentatively planned for Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and will be split into two parts: an online session and an in-person session. The online orientation session will become available December 15, 2018. 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 Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Services. The in-person orientation has two locations for Lawrence & Edwards Campus students. Information about spring orientation (dates and details) will be updated by November 2018.
KU Graduate Studies - Campus-wide Orientation (Lawrence Campus)
The KU Office of Graduate Studies, which oversees all graduate programs at KU, will host the first campus-wide orientation, open to all graduate students, on August 17, 2018 from 1:00PM - 5:00PM at the brand-new Burge Union.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.