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.  For incoming students in the spring 2021 semester there is not a live orientation event.  You can watch all of the sessions from the fall 2020 orientation at the links below.  These sessions include

  • A keynote address by a recent Iowa alumna who is now an assistant professor of Education at Western Illinois University
  • A student panel where current students answer questions about the graduate student experience (there are separate panels for Masters and Doctoral students)
  • Topical information sessions including:  UI Libraries, Graduate Student Success, Mental Health Resources, Teaching Resources, Outreach and Engagement opportunities for Humanities students, How to Deal with Impostor Syndrome, and Billing/Benefits/Payroll

You should also check out the resources in the Orientation ICON course.  This course includes campus and community resources, information about getting settled in Iowa City, and "how-to" info for setting up accounts and websites you will need.  You should have been enrolled in this course automatically.  Check your UI email account for an email about the course, then accept the course invitation.  If you cannot find that email, click on the link in the header above and we will make sure you are registered for the course.



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


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