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 16th and 23rd, 2019. 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 Fall 2019 semester. 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 for Fall 2019 New Graduate Student Orientation is live. Please register for only one of the sessions, as the content will be the same on both dates. We offer two sessions for student convenience and only permit attendance at one orientation of your choosing.

New Graduate Student Orientation Session I:

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New Graduate Student Orientation Session II:

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New Graduate Student Orientation will be located in Rudder and throughout the Memorial Student Center (MSC). Check-In will begin in Rudder Exhibit Hall on each date!


August 16th NGSO Agenda
August 23rd NGSO Agenda

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

University Welcome
OGAPS Welcome
OGAPS Overview
Welcome to Aggieland
Safety and Security
Aggie Honor Code
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Community of Respect
Title IX
Health Promotion
Student Business Servies
Counseling & Psychological Services
Graduate Student Panel

Breakout Sessions

CTE ELP English Certification
Distance Education Resources
Money Management
Scholarly Identity
Student Activities, Leadership and Involvement
Tips for Grad School Success
University Writing Center
Veteran Services

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.


Forms and Information

Frequently Asked Questions:

May I bring a guest to my orientation with me?
No, unfortunately guest attendance is not permitted at orientation. You are welcome to bring your family on campus as Texas A&M University is a public institution; however, your friends and family cannot follow you through the orientation day or to events.

Do I have to attend both orientations?

No, you can only attend one of the two offered sessions fall sessions.

What if I don’t have my student ID yet?

You are welcome to attend orientation with a valid ID. Please bring your Driver’s License or Identification Card with you on your orientation date.

Can I leave early to get my student ID made?

You are not required to stay at orientation; however, you can attain a student ID at the General Services Complex (GSC) anytime during normal business hours. Our recommendation is that, you shouldn’t leave orientation to attain a student ID.