New Student Orientation


Welcome to The Graduate Center!


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 Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Check In, Light Breakfast, and Student Organization Fair 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., Proshansky Auditorium Lobby, Concourse Level 

Orientation Assembly 

10 a.m., Proshansky Auditorium, Concourse Level

Welcoming Remarks

Matthew G. Schoengood, Vice President for Student Affairs

Robin L. Garrell, President

An Introduction to Graduate Center Student Life

Steve Everett, Provost and Senior Vice President

Sayantika Mondal, Student, Ph.D. Program in Mathematics and Co-Chair for Student Affairs, Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council

Keynote Addresses

Teresita Levy (Ph.D. ’07, History) Interim Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, Lehman College; Board Member, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

Juan Battle, Presidential Professor, Ph.D. Programs in Social Welfare, Sociology, and Urban Education, M.A. Program in Liberal Studies; Executive Officer, Ph.D. Program in Nursing

Musical Performance

Joseph Vaz, Student, D.M.A. Program in Music
Sophie Delphis, Student, D.M.A. Program in Music

From La Chanson d’Ève, Op. 95, Gabriel Fauré

VII. "Veilles-tu, ma senteur de soleil?"

IX. "Crépuscule"

Introduction to Graduate Center Library Resources and Graduate Center Digital Initiatives 

11 a.m.  to 12:00 p.m., Proshansky Auditorium, Concourse Level  

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 17th at 1:00 PM


Tuesday, August 22nd at 1:00 PM

F-1 and J-1 Students must also complete the check-in procedure with the Office of International Students no later than 10 days after they arrive in New York.  Please contact the Office of International Students at to register for a check-in session. Please bring your Passport, I-20 or DS-2019 form, and I-94 record to your check-in session.  

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in New Student Orientation activities, please contact Clare Wilson, student disability services manager, at 212.817.7400 or Two weeks advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.


Additional Orientation Information Sessions


    Open House and Refreshments with the Doctoral Students’ Council

    • Begins at 12:30 p.m., 5th Floor DSC Lounges and Offices

    Financing Your Education at the Graduate Center

    • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.,  C204, Concourse Level

    An Overview of the 3R’s: Rights, Responsibilities, and Reporting Procedures

    • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.,  C198, Concourse Level

    Accessing the Graduate Center: Student Disability Services

    • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., C201, Concourse Level

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

    • 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., C202, Concourse Level

    Launching Your Teaching Career with the Teaching and Learning Center

    • 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., C202, Concourse Level

    Wellness Center/ Student Counseling Services

    • 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., C204, Concourse Level

    Academic Success and The Writing Center

    • 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., C198, Concourse Level

    Health Insurance Options

    • 3:15 4:00 p.m., C204, Concourse Level

    Tours of the Mina Rees Library

    • 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m., Library Entrance, First Floor

    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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