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Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

Welcome to Ohio University!


Ohio University has developed the following orientation sessions to assist you with your transition as a graduate student. Find more information about the following below:




Online Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) Module

The Graduate College has developed an online orientation for all graduate students. Once available complete this orientation anytime, anywhere!

  • Admitted for fall term? Materials will be available on August 1, 8 AM EDT
  • Admitted for spring term? Materials will be available on December 1, 8 AM EST.
  • Admitted for summer term? Materials will be available on March 15, 8 AM EDT.

International Student Orientation (ISO)


All new international graduate students must register for International Student Orientation.

Hazing Prevention Training


All graduate students must complete this training. This course introduces the concept of hazing, why it is illegal, and what OHIO University students, faculty, and staff can do to stop hazing from occurring on our campuses. For more information about the training, visit the following Student Affairs web page.

College/Department/Program Orientation


Be sure to check with your academic program regarding any additional orientation activities/events.

New Hire Paperwork for those hired as a GA, GRS, RA, or TA


All NEW graduate students will need to complete an I-9 and new hire employment paperwork. For instructions on how to complete this paperwork, please see the following University Human Resources web page.

All employment paperwork must be completed no later than your first day of employment or you will not be eligible to begin working.


In-person Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)
Fall 2022


The Graduate College hosts an in-person orientation for all Athens-based students before classes begin in August. Come meet continuing graduate students, learn about the Ohio University and Athens communities, and meet other incoming graduate students.

These sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2022, in the Baker University Center Ballroom at the following times:

  • 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT for graduate students in the
    College of Arts and Sciences,
    Graduate College, and
    Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 
  • 11 AM – 1 PM EDT for graduate students in the
    Center for International Studies,
    College of Fine Arts,
    Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and
    Scripps College of Communication 
  • 1:30 – 3:30 PM EDT for graduate students in the
    College of Health Sciences and Professions,
    College of Business, and
    Patton College of Education 


In-person Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO)
Fall 2022


The Graduate College hosts an in-person orientation for all new graduate students with a TA assignment. Join us for critical information regarding this important role. The TAO will outline TA expectations, describe FERPA rules, explain a TA’s role in duty to report, and offer insights into the OHIO undergraduates (students TAs may be teaching).  

The TAO is scheduled for Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 4 PM – 6 PM EDT in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

See your email to RSVP.


Commonly Asked Questions

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When will I register for classes? 


Your academic department/program may have its own orientation. To register for your first semester, consult with your advisor or program director. After consulting with your academic program about which courses to take, find instructions on how to register at the University Registrar website.
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