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!

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).

Enrolled online or at the Olathe or Salina campus?
You are encouraged to participate in the university-wide activities 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)

Making Your Move to the U.S.

December 13, 9:00-10:00 am
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.

Watch a recording of this session

Preparing for Your Assistantship

December 19, 9:00-10:00 am
If you will 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.

Watch a recording of this session

International Student Orientation

(organized by International Student and Scholar Services)
January 8, 8:00am
105 Umberger Hall

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 January 8. 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!

ISSS International Student Orientation Schedule.

Graduate School Welcome Session

(organized by the Graduate School)

This session will be offered twice: once in person and once via Zoom
January 10

9:00 - 10:30am, 123 Leadership Studies Building
3:00 - 4:30pm, Zoom

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 -

Orientation for Graduate Students with Teaching Responsibilities

(organized by the Teaching and Learning Center)

January 11, 9:00-11:00am
101 Bluemont Hall
(View Bluemont Hall on a campus map)
Coffee and donuts will be provided.

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. The session will also include a panel discussion with current GTAs to help new GTAs be successful in this role

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.