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Graduate Student Orientation (GSO)

Welcome to Ohio University!



(Download a table of events as a PDF)

GSO - Online Module


The Graduate College has developed an online orientation for all graduate students.

  • Those admitted for enrollment in Summer 2020  -  Materials will be available on March 16, 2020.
  • Those admitted for enrollment in Fall 2020 - Materials will be available on July 31, 2020.
  • Those admitted for enrollment in Spring 2021 - Materials will be available on December 1, 2020.

GSO - On Campus


The Graduate College hosts an on-campus orientation for all Athens-based students before classes begin in August. Come meet continuing graduate students and Ohio University leadership. Learn about the Ohio University and Athens communities and meet other new graduate students.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 8 AM - Noon

International Student Orientation


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

Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation


For all new graduate students with a TA assignment, join us for critical information regarding this important role. This event is hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Graduate College.

  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 1:30 - 5:00 PM

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