Graduate School Orientation

Orientation Schedule for Fall Semester 2017

Graduate School New Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - For students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics - Pre-registration is required

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - For all other graduate students - Pre-registration is required

Orientation will introduce students to expectations for graduate students and the basics of responsible conduct for research. Students will also learn about the services available on campus to support their success. Contact the Graduate School with any questions.

Pre-registration is required:

Students who are unable to attend one of these sessions may complete an online training and view our online resources to receive the required training.

Schedule and Description

  • 11:30am - 1:00pm: Registration in the Memorial Union Commons (ground floor)
    We'll have lunch tickets available so you can grab lunch and socialize with other new students.
  • 11:30am - 1:00pm - Student Services Fair in the Memorial Union Commons (ground floor) (may only be offered on August 24)
    Use your lunch ticket to purchase food in the Commons, and learn about some of the great services available to you. You might even get to meet Blizzard T. Husky!
  • 1:00 - 4:30pm: Orientation program in the Memorial Union Ballroom (2nd floor)
    Attend to learn about Michigan Tech policies, and obtain the required Responsible Conduct of Research training.
  • 4:30 - 5:00pm: Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics Safety Training in the Memorial Union Ballroom (2nd floor) (August 29th only)
    Attend to learn about Michigan Tech policies, and obtain the required Responsible Conduct of Research training

Our orientation program will introduce students to:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Advisor/Advisee Relationships
  • Responsible Conduct for Research
  • Setting Expectations for Graduate Education

Training Requirement 

All graduate students are required to complete basic Responsible Conduct for Research (RCR) training. Students who are unable to attend orientation, or are completing degrees through distance programs, may complete the online training. Students who do not complete the training within their first two semesters will have a hold placed on their account and will not be eligible to enter research mode or graduate.


The Graduate Student Government organizes events during orientation to introduce students to the area and socialize with other graduate students. All incoming students will also receive an e-mail with a schedule of orientation week events prior to their arrival. See the links below for more information.

GTA Orientation

The GTA Orientation Schedule is available on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) website. They offer orientation prior to the start of fall semester.

Program Orientation

Individual programs may also have orientation sessions. Please contact your graduate program director for more information.

International Student Information

The office of International Programs and Services will welcome international students to campus and provide additional information.