New Students - Fall 2021

Welcome to The Graduate Center!


After considering the unprecedented situation of COVID-19 and the health and safety of all, the decision was made to move the Fall 2021 New Student Orientation online.


Navigating new student orientation

Students should check with their academic programs for instructions on attending program-specific orientations (see list below). International students are also required to complete a MANDATORY international student orientation session via Zoom (see below).

If you have general orientation questions, please contact

The new student orientation consists of two parts:
1) this webpage containing an introductory video, to-do list, and links to resources; and 
2) an asynchronous orientation event on Blackboard (CUNY's LMS) consisting of welcome and informational videos and materials.

The orientation event is available starting August 23.

  • The orientation program videos and additional informational workshops will be available for asynchronous viewing on Blackboard.
  • Discussion boards for new students--a place to connect with your cohort--will also be on Blackboard.

Things you need for Orientation

  • CUNYfirst credentials:
  • Internet access.
  • Device with internet browser. 
  • Click here to access Blackboard.

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Receive a Graduate Center Student ID Card

1. Email from your Graduate Center email address. Put “ID Card” as the subject.
2. The email body must contain your name as it appears in CUNYFirst, your program and your mailing address.  
3.Attach a “passport type headshot” JPEG picture taken within the past six months.
Public Safety and Mail Room staffing is limited at this time so there may be a delay in mailing them out.  Thank you in advance for your patience.  

International Students Orientation

International Student Orientation on Zoom with the Office of International Students

During the international student orientation, we will review the F-1 regulations, you will learn how to maintain your F-1 status in the United States, and we will discuss the benefits of your F-1 legal status.  You will also meet the Office of International Students staff and learn all about the resources that are available to you as an international student at the Graduate Center. You will also get a chance to meet other new international students virtually on zoom.

All new international students, including transfer students, will need to attend one of the international student orientations listed below. We are offering two international student orientations on Zoom. Please select one to attend.

Tuesday, August 17th, 1:00 PM  - 3:30 PM
Registration Link


Friday, August 20th, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration Link:

We look forward to seeing you at our orientation! Please contact if you have any questions.

Additional Orientation Information Sessions

The following optional information workshops will be available on the Blackboard Orientation Event:

Welcome from Student Affairs
Student Affairs

Financing Your Education at The Graduate Center
Office of Financial Aid

Virtual Office of the Registrar and Residency Requirements
Office of the Registrar

Welcome to the Wellness Center
Wellness Center/ Student Counseling Services

Accessing The Graduate Center
Student Disability Services

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives

Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program

Welcome from the Writing Center!
GC Writing Center

Welcome from the Quantitative Research Consulting Center
Quantitative Research Consulting Center

Strategizing for Your Professional Success Throughout Your Academic Program
Office of Career Planning and Professional Development

Launching Your Teaching Career with the TLC
Teaching and Learning Center

Student Organizations and the Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council
Doctoral and Graduate Students Council
New Student Open House - Friday, August 27, 2021

Your Rights as an Academic Worker in the PSC
Professional Staff Congress
Paid Union Orientation - August 19, 20, 23 or 24

Title IX Awareness
Title IX Awareness
Office of Compliance and Diversity 

Program Orientations

More will be added as they are scheduled.

Resources & FAQs

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Student Orientation Photo Gallery