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Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation

New Student Orientation for Spring 2018 incoming Graduate Studies students will be held on Friday, January 12 in Crawford Hall, Room A09 (basement level).

Revised Inclement Weather Schedule:

Breakfast and check-in are from 8:15 - 8:50am, the program begins at 8:50am (please note slight change). 

The orientation program will end around 12:00pm for ALL students (please note change to end time).  You will have an opportunity to eat lunch (free) in Tomlinson Marketplace when the program ends.

Since we have shortened Friday's session, by cutting out the presentation by International Student Services, an additional session for International Students will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 5:00pm in Tomlinson Hall, room 135.  

If you are a graduate student whose department has assigned you as a Teaching Assistant (TA):

All TAs are now required to complete a pre-arrival-to-training webinar, which takes approximately 3 hours.  Once we have your department has given us your name and email, you will be invited to the webinar via your CWRU email address.  You have from December 15, 2017 through January 19, 2018 to complete this webinar. 

Orientation for TA Training is set for Monday, January 22, 5 to 8 p.m. in Nord 400. Pizza and bottled water will be served. At this orientation, you will hear more about your two options for TA training: UNIV 400 A and UNIV 400 C. You will make your selection at this orientation, and the TA Training staff will register you through SIS. You are not permitted to register on your own.

If you are an international student TA, you are expected to take the Spoken English Test (SET) to verify your language competency for teaching as a Teaching Assistant (TA). You will sign up for your SET date at the Graduate Studies Orientation on Friday, January 12.

The SET dates are scheduled for Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Educational Services for Students (ESS) in Sears 470.

At the time of the SET, students are asked to bring their course schedules and the correct spelling of their advisor's name, email address, and phone number.

TA Training Questions: send an email to or call 216.368.5230.  Additional information can be found on the Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Orientation page.

The presentations and flyers/handouts from the Fall 2017 Graduate Orientation can be viewed in the online orientation packet.

The presentations and flyers/handouts from the Spring 2017 Graduate Orientation can be viewed in the online orientation packet.