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Welcome New OSU 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 registration, funding, career 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

Cover of the OSU Graduate Student Guide

Autumn 2022 Welcome Events

Graduate and Professional Student Involvement and Resource Fair

  • Monday, August 29th
  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Ohio Union

Join us to learn about all of the services, programs and opportunities for grad/prof students in one place.  More than 90 university departments, Columbus institutions, and student organizations will be represented.  Drop in anytime between 4 - 7 pm.  

Graduate Student Welcome Picnic

  • Friday, August 26th
  • 4:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Ohio State Faculty Club - 181 S. Oval Drive
  • Co-sponsored by the Graduate School

The Ohio Union Activities Board Grad/Prof Committee invites members of the graduate student community to attend the Graduate Student Fall Welcome Picnic on Friday, August 26th from 4-7pm at the Faculty Club. Come enjoy free food, music and the opportunity to meet other new graduate students. Students may bring a non-student guest. Cash bar will be on site.  


Graduate and Professional School Survival Skills Workshop

  • Fall Term - TBA

Join us for a opportunity to learn about skills and resources that will help you success as your pursue your graduate or professional degree from your fellow students.  The goal of this event is to aid in success in graduate and professional school and will address the following: 

  • Challenges faced in graduate school, the surprises you may face, and general advice for this stage in your career 
  • Panels of current graduate and professional students will provide firsthand accounts of important things such as time management strategies, the role of self-advocacy, developing a relationship with your advisor, etc.
  • Panels will be broadly discipline specific
  • You will also learn about resources and services available to support your academic success throughout graduate school
  • Designed specifically for newer graduate and professional students 

Register online.