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Spring 2016 Welcome and Orientation Activities for Graduate Students

Several welcome and orientation activities are scheduled for new and current graduate students prior to the start of the spring semester (throughout the week January 11-15).


Advance registration is required for most of the sessions and activities listed below. Unless noted below, click on "Registration" above to register for all sessions you plan to attend. 
The deadline to register is January 6, 2016.

Graduate School Orientation Sessions and Activities - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ALL NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS, including those who previously earned an undergraduate degree at
K-State, are very strongly encouraged to attend the activities listed below. The orientation will provide information unique to graduate study. 

BOTH NEW AND CURRENT graduate students are invited to attend the services and resources fair.

Orientation for ALL NEW Graduate StudentsLocation

1pm                Check-in to receive orientation materials

1:30pm            Keys to a Successful Graduate School Career

2:30-3:30pm     Graduate Student Life: Support and Advice from Your Peers

Pasley Auditorium
(1073 Durland Hall
Engineering Complex)


K-State Graduate Student Services and Resources Fair


For new and current graduate students

Fiedler Atrium
(Engineering Complex)


Orientation Activities for New GTAs, GRAs, and GAs - Thursday, January 14, 2016
New and continuing graduate students who will be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) for the first time should attend appropriate orientation sessions coordinated by the Graduate School, the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), and their employing unit.
Orientation for New GTAs with Teaching ResponsibilitiesLocation


Hosted by: Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)

Please direct questions to Whitney Jeter, wjeter@ksu.edu

Hemisphere Room,
Hale Library


Orientation for ALL NEW GTAs, GRAs, and GAsLocation


Topics covered in this session:

  • Roles 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
  • Required Title IX Training

Hosted by: Graduate School

Town Hall
Leadership Studies Building





Requirements and Optional Activities for International Students


  1. Check-in at the Graduate School, 103 Fairchild Hall, AND at the International Student Center (ISC) upon arrival to KSU

  2. Attend International Student Orientation
    Visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for ISC check-in and orientation schedules and for additional orientation activities for international students.

  3. Attend Graduate School Orientation - Wednesday, January 13 (see schedule above)


Acclimating to American Graduate-Level Writing workshop
Friday, January 15, 9am-noon, International Student Center
This workshop is designed for international and English Language Learner (ELL) graduate students. It 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.

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.


Virtual Orientation
Visit the Virtual Orientation to prepare for your transition to K-State and the Manhattan area. 

NOTE: Virtual Orientation does not provide the same information as the on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above. The Virtual Orientation will provide you with information that is useful prior to your arrival to K-State. New graduate students are highly encouraged to tour the Virtual Orientation AND to attend on-campus orientation and welcome activities listed above.


Distance Student Orientation 
Students completing a graduate program through K-State’s Global Campus who will not be residing in the Manhattan area and will not be utilizing on-campus resources should view the orientation videos for distance students.


Questions about Spring 2016 graduate student welcome and orientation activities may be directed to the Graduate School at gdschgra@ksu.edu or 785-532-6191.