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On-Campus Graduate Orientation

graduate students at orientation

You are invited to New Graduate Student Orientation!

Every fall, we hold an on-campus orientation to introduce you to key policies, services, and events around campus. Please review the details for this event below. In the meantime, you can review our online orientation, download a copy of our 2017–2018 Orientation Handbook and/or watch our welcome video! If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. We wish you the best as you embark on your graduate studies!


Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Time: 4 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Parking: Matthews Street Garage, LBJ Parking Garage, Edward Gary Garage
Who: incoming graduate students (Family members and friends are not permitted inside the ballroom.)

  We strongly encourage you to arrive early, as parking might be a challenge. Unfortunately, we are not able to validate any parking for orientation.


New Graduate Student Orientation is designed to provide you with helpful information and contacts to enhance your academic experience at Texas State. During the program, we will discuss various topics including transitioning to graduate studies, scholarships, research and travel support, library services, mentoring, student resources, emergency services, campus safety, career services, and Graduate College policies and procedures. Graduate advisors and representatives from other student support offices will be available to answer your questions. 

  Participate in our social media contest – be on the lookout for #GCWelcome! 


Event Time LBJSC Location
Check-in 4 – 6:30 p.m. 3rd floor, lobby (outside the Welcome Center)
30-minute Campus Tour
4:30 – 5:40 p.m.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
3rd floor, the Welcome Center
Support Services Showcase 4 – 6 p.m. 2nd floor, the Lair
Dinner 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 3rd floor, Ballroom
Program 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 3rd floor, Ballroom
Meet with graduate advisors 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Meeting Rooms

Support Services Showcase

Meet with representatives from various student support offices around campus in the Lair on the second floor of LBJSC from 4–6 p.m. You will also be able to visit with members of the Graduate House, the Graduate Students of Color Alliance and the graduate deans!


  • Plan your schedule. A few important offices will be open later (see below!) to accommodate New Graduate Student Orientation, so arrive by 4 p.m. to get your ID, parking permit, and books. However, some of these tasks (getting your ID and parking permit) will require that your tuition is paid* or that a tuition payment/financial aid has been applied*. Therefore, if your program has asked you to wait to register for classes or if you are receiving financial aid (which will be disbursed after our orientation), you may not be able to take care of these items on August 16. We still encourage you to arrive early to find parking, meet the graduate deans, and visit with other student support offices! 
  • Arrive by 4 (or earlier!) to:
  • Encourage family members and friends to explore San Marcos while you attend orientation. Downtown San Marcos and the Square offer opportunities to eat, shop, and listen to live music!

*You will need to register for classes before Student Business Services can issue a bill. 

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

  Texas State is a tobacco-free campus.