Graduate Student Welcome and Orientation

The Graduate School and other members of the K-State community are excited to welcome new graduate students to K-State! Several activities are scheduled to help new graduate students have a successful start to their graduate career.

Graduate program orientation
Consult with your graduate program about orientation activities they have planned in addition to the university-wide sessions organized by the Graduate School and other units (listed below).

Online, Olathe, and Salina campus students
If you're pursuing a graduate degree online or at K-State's Olathe or Salina campus, you are encouraged to participate in the university-wide activities outlined below. Also make sure to explore new student information and student resources specifically for your campus.
K-State Online
Olathe campus

University-Wide Schedule of Activities

"Getting Started in Grad" Virtual Session Series

(organized by the Graduate School)
All session times are U.S. Central Time.
All sessions will be recorded, and recordings will be accessible from this page. You are encouraged to attend the live sessions if possible.

Register for these sessions

Enrollment, Billing, and Making Payments

June 7, 1:30 - 2:30pm, CST
This session will guide you through the process of enrolling in classes and will provide an overview of tuition and fees billing and payment processes. This session is highly recommended if you are brand new to K-State.

Watch a recording of this session

Preparing for Your Assistantship

June 12, 11:00am - 12:00pm, CST
If you be employed in an assistantship (graduate assistant, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate research assistant), we strongly encourage you to attend this session for guidance on a successful start to this role. We will also cover information on payroll and other benefits.

Making Your Move to the U.S.

June 16, 9:00 - 10:00am, CST
(repeat on June 21, 9:00 - 10:00am, CST)
Are you coming to the K-State from outside the U.S.? Join us for this session with current international graduate students who will share their tips on how to prepare for this major move and make it as smooth as possible.

A Session for Non-Manhattan Campus Students

June 20, 7:00 - 8:00pm, CST
No matter which K-State campus you are affiliated with (Manhattan, Olathe, Salina, or Global), you are part of the K-State graduate student community. If you are an online student or are studying at the Olathe or Salina campuses, join us for this session to learn how the Graduate School and staff at your campus are here to support your graduate experience.

International Student Orientation

(organized by International Student and Scholar Services)
August 14
Time and location coming soon!

international student orientation

Hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), all new international students are required to attend an in-person orientation session on August 14. Additional workshops, a resource fair, and other activities will be held throughout the week to address needs of new international students and support a successful start to your K-State experience!

Graduate School Welcome Session

(organized by the Graduate School)

This session will be offered twice: once in person and once via Zoom
August 16
Virtual offering (Zoom): 9:00 - 10:30am
In-person offering (location to be determined): 2:00 - 4:00pm

Session Topics

- Intro to the Graduate School: Who we are and how we support you -
- What does it mean to be a graduate student? -
- Making the most of your graduate experience -
- Taking care of you to build a foundation for success -
In-person session will conclude with an ice cream social!

Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities

(organized by the Teaching and Learning Center)

August 17, 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location to be determined

GTA orientation

Graduate students who are beginning a GTA appointment or other role that involves teaching responsibilities are encouraged to attend this session, which will address GTA expectations presented by Dr. Don Saucier, Faculty Associate Director of the TLC, and support for GTAs from the Teaching and Learning Center.

This session is being hosted by the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC). Please direct questions to Noah Renken ( or Ashley Schiffer (, GTAs for the Teaching and Learning Center.

Week of Welcome

(organized by the Center for Student Involvement)

August 20-27

As the semester begins, all students are invited to join in a week full of opportunities, events, and resource exploration to ensure all-around success at K-State.

More information about these activities coming soon!