Graduate Student Welcome

Welcome new and returning Ohio State graduate students!

Welcome to The Ohio State University. As a new graduate student, The Graduate School is here to support you through your academic career. Please check the New Students To-Do List to verify you have completed all necessary steps as a new incoming student. You can also find information on course registrationfundingcareer development, important dates and deadlines as well as general contact information for the various areas of the Graduate School designed to support you while pursuing your degree.  

Visit our news page for regular updates from the Graduate School and for announcements about our Annual New Graduate Student Welcome event which takes place during Welcome Week prior to autumn term each year.

Students should also check out the Graduate Student Guide which contains important campus information for graduate student life and support resources at The Ohio State University.

Graduate Student Guide

Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate School can be a new experience for many students and for this reason there are many resources available to help support students as they begin their new graduate education journey. Check with your graduate program office as they may have resources and orientations designed specifically for your program. The Graduate School also offers an online orientation that is automatically assigned to students as a carmen course. If you need to access the graduate student orientation as a new student and need support reach out to the Graduate School Registration Services area at or by calling (614) 292-6031

Autumn 2023 Welcome Events

Graduate and Professional Student Welcome Picnic

  • Friday, 8/25/23, 4-7 p.m., Faculty Club

Graduate and Professional Student Involvement and Resource Fair

  •  Monday, 8/28/23, 4-7 p.m., Ohio Union (Archie Griffin Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Other events in which grad. students may participate but are not grad.-specific.