Graduate Student Orientation


Welcome new students! The online orientation modules will be available in January 25, 2021.

Graduate Studies New Student Orientation for Spring 2021 will be held online in Canvas, the learning management system used at Case Western Reserve University. 

Grad Orientation is divided into asynchronous modules, which you can access anytime from anywhere with an internet connection. You may start and stop the modules at any point and continue where you stopped at any time. Each module includes videos, written content, and links to get more information on being a student at CWRU, academic integrity, finding support, and COVID-19 resources.

Students will receive an email when the Graduate Studies Orientation Modules go live on January 25, 2021. If you are a new student and did not receive an email invitation to enroll in the Canvas course, please email us at

In addition to the asynchronous orientation modules, there will be some optional live Zoom sessions which will be held on January 29, 2021. 

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Training

If you will be serving as Teaching Assistant, you must complete mandatory training. Please direct questions to

Technology Resources for Accessing Orientation Materials

  • The Single Sign-On (SSO) service allows you to enter your CWRU network ID and passphrase to access multiple resources within the Case Western Reserve University. (Your assigned network ID is your initials and several numbers, for example: abc123)
  • Student Resources for Canvas
  • CampusGroups is CWRU’s community engagement platform. Make sure you are set-up to receive email notifications from CampusGroups so you don’t miss important information. Learn more here.
  • Zoom Video Conferencing: online video conferencing available at CWRU. Experience cloud video conferencing, online meetings, group messaging and a virtual conference room solution in one. It works on an easy-to-use platform across Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms and H.323/SIP room systems.
  • Off-Campus Virtual Private Network (VPN): use the VPN when connected to a public network, such as a coffeehouse’s Wi-Fi, to secure and encrypt your communications. VPN is required when accessing certain university resources, such as library resources and databases from off-campus locations. Download the software.
    **If you are having trouble connecting to university resources online, we recommend that you use VPN. This may be especially important for students currently living in other countries.**
  • [U]Tech (University Technology): browse for do-it-yourself training resources at Click "Live Chat" to instant message with a [U]Tech technician. View self-help videos. And more.
  • [U]Tech Service Desk: call 216.368.HELP (4357) or email for immediate technical assistance any time - day or night. More info:

We look forward to the start of the semester and seeing you on-campus or online!

Please reach out to us if you have questions.

The presentations and flyers/handouts from the Spring 2020 Graduate Orientation can be viewed in the spring online orientation packet. 

The presentations and flyers/handouts from the Fall 2019 Graduate Orientation can be viewed in the fall online orientation packetView the complete schedule (including optional events).