New Student Orientation


Welcome to The Graduate Center!

For the first time since the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, the Fall 2022 New Student Orientation was held in an in-person format. Additionally, the Fall 2022 New Student Orientation was streamed live and recorded and placed on Blackboard for later viewing, along with additional breakout workshops.

Below is the recording from the main assembly.


For the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters, the majority of CUNY courses will have an in-person component...



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 (see below). 

If you have general orientation questions, please contact

New Student Orientation will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m., Proshansky Auditorium, Concourse Level. This event will be livestreamed and the recording with additional breakout workshops will be available on Blackboard

Things You Need for Orientation

  • An activated Cleared4 access pass or vaccination card will be required to enter the building. 
  • For Blackboard Access

International Students Orientation 

During the international student orientation, we will review the F-1 and J-1 regulations, you will learn how to maintain your F-1 or J-1 status in the United States, and we will discuss the benefits of your F-1 and J-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 two international student orientations listed below. Please attend one (all times are EST):   

Thursday, August 18th at 10:00 AM


Wednesday, August 24th at 1:00 PM

Program Orientations

More information for Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics orientations can be found here



Things to do after being admitted:

Child Care at The GC

The Child Development and Learning Center is located on the third floor of the Graduate Center in Suite 3201. The Center is licensed to serve 27 children aged two through five. Depending on enrollment needs, our classrooms are divided into two multi-age groups or a younger group and an older group.

The program is available to children of matriculated students enrolled at the Graduate Center. Only registered students are permitted use of the center. Each semester, a verification of enrollment status is conducted in conjunction with the Office of the Registrar. If you take a leave of absence or withdraw from classes your child is not eligible to remain in the program.  

Graduate Center student parents have the first priority for child care slots. Once Graduate Center student parents are recruited and enrolled and the Center’s waiting list has been exhausted, any remaining slots may be filled by Faculty and Staff.

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