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.


The Schedule

Masters Students: Pomerantz Career Center c20 - Map (213 N. Clinton St. Iowa City, IA 52245)

Doctoral Students: Pappajohn Business Building W10 - Map  (21 E. Market St. Iowa City, IA 52242)

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Registration & Check-In

2:00 - 2:40 pm

Welcome and Keynote Address

2:50 - 3:25 pm

Student Discussion/Panel

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Iowa Memorial Union, Main Ballroom - MAP  (125 N. Madison St. Iowa City, IA 52242)

Informational Fair, Photo Booth, Benefits/Billing/Payroll Representatives

5:00 - 6:00 pm



Jodi Linley, PhD

JOdi Linley, PhD

Jodi Linley is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. She is interested in multicultural initiatives in higher education, minoritized college student experiences, college student development, undergraduate STEM education, and organization change. She received her PhD in adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University (2015), earned a MA in student development in postsecondary education from the University of Iowa (2002), and obtained a BA in English from the University of Iowa (1998).

Sarah E. Bond, Phd

Sarah E. Bond is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. She is interested in late Roman history, epigraphy, late antique law, Roman topography and GIS, digital humanities, and the socio-legal experience of ancient marginal peoples. She received her PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2011) and obtained a BA in classics and history with a minor in classical archaeology from the University of Virginia (2005). Her book, Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press (Fall, 2016)..

What Students Are Saying About Orientation

"Great experience. I was pleased to see and meet so many graduate students from different programs. The staff were really helpful."

2017 Orientation Participant

"The Benefits/Billing/Payroll session was EXCELLENT. It was well organized, brief, and to the point. They did a really, really good job of covering the most important things and showing us how to use the system, which insurance to sign up for, etc...It was by far one of the most valuable orientations I've been to all week."

2017 Orientation Participant

"I think that the most beneficial part was the student panel since you were able to receive actual advice from actual students."

2016 Orientation Participant

"One of the most memorable portions was the end reception where we were allowed to mingle with other grad students (+free food of course). I got to meet lots of really neat individuals and I hope to keep those friendships. It was a nice overall welcome to the University of Iowa (home for the next 5ish years)."

2016 Orientation Participant