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. January 10th, 2020 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 Spring 2020 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 Instructions

RSVP for Spring 2020 orientation using the following link.


New Graduate Student Orientation will be located in the Memorial Student Center (MSC). Check-In will be on the second floor in front of the Bethancourt Ballrooms


Spring 2020 New Graduate Student Orientation 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 on the main campus. Students must pay to park in Cain Garage. The cost breakdown is $3 the first hour, $5 for the second hour $7 for the third hour, $9 for the fourth 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 
Aggie Honor Code 
Community of Respect 
Title IX 
Scholarships and Financial Aid 
Safety and Security 
Student Business Services 
Counseling and Psychological Services 
Health Promotion Overview 
Graduate and Professional Student Government

Breakout Sessions

The "Other" Education: Professional Development Beyond the Classroom 
Veteran and Military Dependent Student Resources 
Tips for Grad School Success
Establishing Your Scholarly Identity as a Graduate Student
Financial Management During Graduate School
Welcome to Aggieland
University Writing Center
Student Activities and Leadership
English Language Proficiency Program

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.