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Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

Welcome to Ohio University!


The 2019 Graduate Student Orientation is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 2019.  More information coming soon.

Information regarding this past fall's 2018 Graduate Student Orientation can be found below.

2018 Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) Schedule

The day will include sessions that introduce you to Ohio University and the larger Athens Community, inform you of important resources, and outline the many opportunities awaiting you. Be prepared to meet graduate students from nine (9) different colleges and a wide range of graduate and professional programs. The afternoon will include an employment paperwork session for graduate students holding graduate appointments* (GA, GRS, RA, or TA). The Graduate College will be holding additional employment paperwork sessions during the week of orientation. See below.

2018 Employment Paperwork Sessions* for graduate students with Graduate Appointments

*Any student with a graduate appointment must attend ONLY ONE of the following employment paperwork sessions.

Day and Date



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

12:30-2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Thursday, August 23, 2018

2:30-5:00 pm

Baker University Center Ballroom

Friday, August 24, 2018

12:30-2:30 PM

RTEC 203

Monday, August 27, 2018 through
Friday,  August 31, 2018

9:00 AM-1:00 PM Baker University Center 237*

*For more information about student employment paperwork, please visit/click the following Ohio University Human Resources website.

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services Form I-9: Instructions

Prior to your arrival, Section 1 of the Form I-9 (Fall 2018) should be completed electronically.

In order to complete the I-9 form, you will be required to show documents that establish identity and employment authorization at one of the following employment paperwork sessions (see acceptable I-9 documents). Original documents are required. Copies will not be accepted. 

About Other Orientation Sessions

International Student Orientation New international graduate students must register for International Student Orientation. For more information, click here
Teaching Assistant Orientation Teaching Assistant Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Registration begins at 8:30 A.M. Orientation begins at 9:00 A.M. For more information about Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation, click here or email Tim Vickers at vickerst@ohio.edu.
College/Department/Program Orientation Be sure to check with your academic program regarding any additional orientation activities/events.

Additional Resources for Graduate Students