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Incoming Students


AS&E Graduate Student Orientation

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs in Arts, Sciences & Engineering hosts an orientation program designed to introduce you to our graduate education team and current students, and to inform you of important policies and available resources at the University. While most programming is optional, please note that there will be required trainings to complete.

We will use the University’s learning management system, Blackboard, to house online trainings and information sessions, along with links to important documents and University websites. You will receive an email in early August letting you know to access the online orientation in Blackboard. Additional in person programming will take place no earlier than the week of August 23.

In order to access Blackboard, you first need to activate your NetID and set up your University of Rochester email address. Please view the Incoming Student Checklist to view additional tasks you need to complete in preparation for joining the University of Rochester community.

Our orientation does not replace your departmental orientation. Please contact your department graduate coordinator for more information on orientation programming specific to your academic program.

International Student Orientation

The International Services Office (ISO) will host a virtual orientation on Monday, August 23 at 9 a.m. as a supplement to their online pre-arrival orientation. This programming is designed to provide essential information on maintaining your valid F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status while in the United States, as well as other important details about life at the University and in Rochester.

This orientation program is mandatory for students who are scheduled to arrive in the US/Rochester for full-time study during fall 2021 (requires full-time academic registration for the term). This includes students who will arrive prior to the start of classes and students who will arrive later within the fall 2021 term. Additionally, students who began a new program of study from abroad in fall 2020 or spring 2021 must also attend this meeting if they intend to arrive in-person to continue their enrollment in the fall. New international students throughout all University divisions are required to attend the same meeting, including those transferring their immigration record via SEVIS from another US institution.

Please visit the International Student Orientation Program web page for additional details as they become available.