Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Studies New Student Orientation for Spring 2023 is being 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. The modules include videos, slides, written content, and links designed to help prepare you as a graduate student at CWRU.

The Graduate Studies Orientation Modules are open now. You can enroll in the orientation course using your CWRU Network ID and passphrase to log in. Familiarize yourself with the technology resources listed below that you may need to successfully complete the modules.

Welcome to Campus Event

Graduate Studies is hosting an in-person Welcome to Campus event on Thursday, January 12, 2023 between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Thwing Center, Excelsior Ballroom, where you can pick up your student ID card and RTA sticker, get a CWRU t-shirt, eat lunch, get tech assistance from University Technology, talk to the office-campus housing coordinator, meet the Grad Studies staff and other students, and attend international student orientation. Details and registration can be found here.

ID Cards

If you will be on campus, you will need a student ID Card. We encourage you to submit your ID card photo through the New Student Checklist

Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Training

If you will be serving as Teaching Assistant, you must complete mandatory training. An in-person training session will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Thwing Center, Excelsior Ballroom. Please direct questions to

Welcome to Campus Online Session

In addition to the in-person event above, Graduate Studies is hosting an online Welcome to Campus session on Friday, January 13, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for new students to meet the Grad Studies staff and have questions answered. Register on CampusGroups for the Zoom info.

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)

Canvas:Student Resources

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.

[U]Tech Service Desk: call 216.368.HELP (4357) or email for immediate technical assistance any time - day or night. More information can be found at New to CWRU.


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.

Summer and Fall 2022 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course here.

Spring 2022 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course here.

Summer and Fall 2021 students can still access the Graduate Orientation Canvas course here.