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Graduate School
Kansas State University
113-119 Eisenhower Hall
1013 Mid-Campus Dr.
Manhattan KS 66506

800-651-1816 (toll free)

785-532-2983 fax

Summer and Fall 2018 Welcome and Orientation

A variety of welcome and orientation activities are scheduled for NEW and CURRENT graduate students prior to the start of the fall semester (throughout the week August 13-17). On-campus activities listed below are scheduled on the Manhattan campus. Links also are provided to information for students in Global Campus programs.


If you plan to park on campus during the week of orientation activities, you must have a campus parking permit, or your may pay for hourly or day-long parking in the parking garage. Visit the Parking Services website for information about obtaining a parking permit.


Advance registration is requested for most of the sessions and activities listed below. A link to an online registration form will be provided here in late spring/early summer, and students will need to register by August 10.

Tentative Schedule

Below is a tentative schedule for fall 2018 orientation. The schedule will be finalized by late spring/early summer. New graduate students will receive email notifications about orientation and announcements will be shared with graduate program administrators and staff. 

August 13

Required Orientation for International Students

Who Should Attend? All new international students must attend International Student Orientation on Monday, August 13. Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for ISC check-in and orientation schedules and for additional orientation activities for international students.

Other Requirements

  1. Check-in at the Graduate School, 119 Eisenhower Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC) upon arrival to KSU

  2. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, August 15 (see below)

August 15

You're Hired! Expectations, Payroll, and Benefits for NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
Time: 10:30am-noon
Location: Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  New and returning graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) for the first time in Summer or Fall 2018. Students who were previously on an assistantship and are starting a new type of assistantship (e.g., switching from GTA to GRA) do not need to attend this session if they previously attended this orientation.

Topics covered in this session:

  • Expectations and responsibilities
  • Using HRIS online self-service
  • Payroll
  • Health insurance available to eligible GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Tuition payment options for GTAs, GRAs, and GAs
  • Information about Title 9 training for KSU employees
Welcome and Orientation for All New Graduate Students
Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  ALL NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS, including those who previously earned an undergraduate degree at K-State, are very strongly encouraged to attend this orientation, which will provide information unique to graduate study. 

Activities and Topics

  • Keys to a Successful Graduate School Experience
  • Graduate Student Safety, Wellness, and Strengths
  • Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers 
Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair
Time: 3:30-4:45pm
Location: K-State Student Union

Who should attend?  New AND returning graduate students are invited to attend the fair to learn about the many services and resources available to them on campus and in the surrounding community.  

August 16

Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities
Time: 8:00am-noon
Location: To be determined

Who should attend?  New and continuing graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for the first time should attend this session. Other graduate students who anticipate becoming a GTA in the near future, are not on a GTA appointment but have teaching responsibilities, or have an interest in teaching are welcome to attend. Those who have attended this session in a previous semester and would like a refresher also are welcome to attend.

Hosted by: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

August 17

"Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing", international grad student workshop
9:00am - noon
International Student Center

Who should attend?This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. NEW and CURRENT graduate students are welcome to attend.  The workshop will focus on transitioning to American graduate-level writing expectations and on writing issues and frustrations frequently encountered by ELL and international students. Participants will discuss the impact culture has on writing norms, faculty writing expectations, and much more. They’ll leave the workshop with a greater understanding of cultural expectations around writing and increased confidence about their positions on and contributions to a U.S. university campus.

Hosted by: The Writing Center

Other Important Information for New Graduate Students

Department/Program Activities

Individual departments or graduate programs may schedule welcome and orientation activities specifically for their graduate students. Please consult with your department or program about activities they have planned for you in addition to the orientation activities listed above.

Prepare for your move to K-State in Manhattan
Visit the Incoming Graduate Students page to prepare for your move to K-State and the Manhattan area. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Incoming Graduate Students pages AND attend on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above. 

Connect with a Graduate Student Ambassador. 
K-State Graduate Student Ambassadors are here to be a welcoming presence for all potential graduate students. They come from a variety of academic backgrounds and disciplines, from large cities and small towns all around the world, each with a unique perspective. Learn more about our Graduate Student Ambassadors and strike up a conversation by email!


Questions about Fall 2018 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.