The University of Iowa

Graduate Student Orientation

Prepare. Connect. Embark.

Image credit: Plasticity: Microplastics & Mutations, J.D. Whitman. 2019 MFA Exhibition

We are delighted you have chosen to pursue your graduate education at the University of Iowa. To help you settle into the Iowa City area and prepare for your grad studies, the Graduate College hosts the New Graduate Student Welcome & Orientation, the only comprehensive orientation offered for incoming graduate students.


Registered attendees - Zoom links have been sent to the email address you entered when registering.  If you did not receive a Zoom link, check your spam or "Other" account.  If it is not there, please email and we will resend the link.  


Please click on the following link for the recorded Live Online - Graduate Student Orientation sessions

The Schedule

Live Zoom Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 19th from 1:00-4:15 pm CT.  Here is the schedule for the event:

Welcome, Keynote Speaker, Student Panel 

1:00-2:10 pm CT

There will be a separate Zoom room for masters students and for doctoral students - registered students will receive an email with the Zoom link they should use to attend.

Break out Topic Sessions 1 (students choose one of these sessions to attend)

2:15-2:45 pm CT

  • Introduction to Library Resources
  • Importance of Mental Health and Wellness
  • Intro to Graduate Student Success

Break out Topic Sessions 2 (students choose one of these sessions to attend)

2:45-3:15 pm CT

  • Teaching Resources for TAs
  • Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
  • Outreach and Engagement Opportunities

Benefits, Billing, and Payroll (representatives will be available for drop in questions)

3:15-4:15 pm CT

Please visit the Virtual Information Fair for UI Resources and Graduate Student Organizations.