New Graduate Student Orientation

Coordinated by the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, the New Graduate Student Orientation provides an overview of what to expect at Texas A&M University — including information on policies, procedures, resources and services on campus and in the community. Orientation will be August 17, 2018 and August 24, 2018. The Office of Graduate and Professional Studies encourages all students to attend the on-campus orientation. You’ll meet campus leaders, administrators, and fellow graduate students. To attend the New Graduate Student Orientation you must be an admitted graduate student for the Summer or Fall 2018 semesters. Equally, all admitted graduate students — domestic and international — are encouraged to attend New Graduate Student Orientation. Details for international students can be found here.

Registration Instructions

Registration for fall orientations has reached capacity and is now closed! 

There will be two sessions available for new and incoming (for Summer and Fall 2018) graduate students to choose between -
Friday, August 17, 2018 or Friday, August 24, 2018 from 7:45 AM - 4:00 PM 
Students must register in order to attend orientation! To register for either session, students may RSVP using the following links: 
Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation Session I (8/17/18)
Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation Session II (8/24/18)
Orientation is not required, but highly recommended, even for students who have already attended TAMU. This is a great time to hear about graduate school processes and procedures, attend breakout sessions that help prepare new students for their graduate career, and network with other incoming and current graduate students. 

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Tasmin L. McDonald in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at (979) 845-3631 or


Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation Session I Agenda (8/17/18)
Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation Session II Agenda (8/24/18)

Bus and Parking Information

The Cain Garage provides the closest parking to New Graduate Student Orientation events, which takes place in the Memorial Student Center & Rudder Exhibit Hall on the main campus. Students must pay to park in Cain Garage. The cost breakdown is $2 the first hour, $4 for the second hour and $6 for the third hour and $1 for each additional hour.

Call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 979-845-3631 if you have any questions about orientation.

Presentation Materials

Main Sessions

Session I presentations

Graduate and Professional Studies at TAMU 
Overview of OGAPS 
Welcome to Aggieland
Safety and Security 
Aggie Honor System Office 
Health Promotion
Community of Respect 
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Student Business Services
Student Counselling Services
Graduate and Professional Student Council 

Main session presentations will be available August 23rd, 2018 for Session II.

Breakout Sessions

Session I presentations

Tips for Grad School Success
The 'Other' Education: Professional Development Beyond the Classroom
Establishing your Scholarly Identity as a Graduate Student 
Student Activities and Leadership
University Writing Center
Financial Management During Graduate School
Veteran Services

Breakout session presentations will be available August 23rd, 2018 for Session II.

Student IDs will not be made during orientation - Student IDs are made at the Aggie Card Office (Suite 2801) in the General Services Complex. You will need to bring a photo ID with you (driver license, passport, etc.).

Some departments and colleges have a separate orientation for their new graduate students. For information on departmental or college orientations that provide details for specific graduate programs or majors, check with your graduate advisor or other department staff.

Student Resources

Howdy Portal

Set up your student account and access class registration, student schedule, financial aid information, etc.

Financial Aid

Get Financial Aid.

Graduate Admissions

Get information about admissions, deadlines, required testing, and campus life.

Campus Map

Explore the campus and find a building.

Campus Tours

Take a virtual tour or schedule an on-campus tour of the university.

Graduate Catalog

Learn about degree programs, course offerings, faculty, etc.


Order textbooks and Aggie merchandise.

Business Services

Access assistance for managing finances.

TAMU Libraries

Access online library catalogs, databases, interlibrary loan, and video tutorials of library services.

Forms and Information

Find necessary policies, forms, and other information.