Ohio University

Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

Welcome to Ohio University!



The 2019 Graduate Student Orientation is scheduled for 
Thursday, August 22, 2019, 
from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

Invitations have been sent. Check your OHIO email for details.

Overview - August 22, 2019

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. 

Morning, August 22
Event Schedule

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.

Afternoon, August 22
Employment Paperwork Schedule

Other important information:

Other Orientations

GSO - Online Module The Graduate College has developed an online orientation for all Athens-based graduate students. This online format will be available to all incoming graduate students on August 1, 2019.
International Student Orientation All new international graduate students must register for International Student Orientation.
Teaching Assistant Orientation All new teaching assistants are encouraged to register for the Teaching Assistant Orientation scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2019, from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Check in begins at 8:30 A.M. Orientation begins at 9:00 A.M.
College/Department/Program Orientation Be sure to check with your academic program regarding any additional orientation activities/events.

Commonly Asked Questions

Where can I seek guidance on commonly used academic terms? Dictionary of Terms

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.
I am interested in a graduate appointment. Where can I find more information?

What are the transportation options to and around Athens? 




  • The GoBus - If you are traveling from Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Parkersburg (or some of the communities in between), you can travel via the GoBus. Learn more about the GoBus. 
  • Ohio University Parking Permit - OHIO Parking Portal
  • Campus Area Transit Service (CATS) - CATS is a free shuttle service for students, faculty/staff & visitors traveling to multiple destinations throughout campus. For information on stop locations and times, visit the CATS website
  • Athens Public Transit  (APT) - APT it is a public bus service with routes throughout Athens. The Bobcat Pass program provides unlimited travel on the APT system with a valid Ohio University ID. Call 740.592.2727 for more information or visit the following website Athens Public Transit.  
  • Other Options - There are other cab services in and around Athens, such as the Athens Green Cab and Lyft