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On-Campus Graduate Orientation

graduate students at orientation

Register for New Graduate Student Orientation!

Every fall, we hold an on-campus orientation to introduce you to key policies, services, and events around campus. The Fall 2018 New Graduate Student Orientation will take place on August 15, 2018. In the meantime, we encourage you to review our online orientation, download a copy of our 2017–2018 Graduate Student 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!

  NEW in 2018: For those unable to attend the on-campus orientation, we will be live-streaming the program! Select this option when you register.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time: 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: LBJ Student Center Ballroom (LBJSC)
  The LBJSC is currently under construction. Please review the new vehicle and pedestrian entrances during this time.
Parking: Matthews Street Garage is the designated garage for orientation.
  In order to avoid paying for parking, we highly encourage you to order your permit online as soon as possible so it arrives at your home before orientation.
Who: graduate students admitted during the Fall 2018 terms: spring, summer, fall. Family members and friends are not permitted inside the ballroom, but are welcome to wait in the lounge area on the fourth floor of LBJSC.


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
Check-in 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Support Services Showcase 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Dinner (Muffuletta vegetarian sandwich, chips, potato salad, and rice crispy treat) 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Program (Live-stream available!) 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Meet with graduate advisors 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Support Services Showcase

Meet with student support service reps, members of the Graduate House and the graduate deans in the Lair on the second floor of LBJSC from 4:30 – 6 p.m.  

 Alkek Library

  Alumni Affairs

  Career Services

  Counseling Center

  IT Assistance Center (ITAC)

  Office of Disability Services

  Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

  Office of Veteran Affairs

  Round Rock Campus

  Student Health Center

  Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

  Study Abroad Office

  Student Business Services

  Student Recreation Center

  The Graduate House

  The Graduate College – General

  The Graduate College – Funding

  The Graduate College Deans Meet and Greet


  • Order your parking permit ahead of time and have it mailed to your house, so you can receive your permit before orientation and avoid paying for parking.
  • Plan your schedule. A few important offices will be open later to accommodate New Graduate Student Orientation, so arrive by 4:30 p.m. to find parking, meet the graduate deans, and visit with other student support offices!
    • get your books at the University Bookstore on the second floor of LBJSC. The bookstore will be open until 6 p.m.
    • obtain your Texas State ID card, the BobcatCard. ID Services is located on the second floor of LBJSC next to the bookstore. Make sure to bring government-issued photo identification for verification. ID Services will be open until 6:30 p.m. In order to get your ID, you will need to be registered for classes. Therefore, if your program has asked you to wait to register for classes, you may not be able to take care of these items on August 15.
    • visit with various student support services on the second floor in the Lair. 
  • 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! They are also welcome to wait in the lounge on the fourth floor of the LBJSC.

Program Orientations

  Times, dates, and locations are subject to change. Please confirm the details directly with your program.

Program Date Time Location
Accounting Saturday, August 25 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. McCoy Hall (MCOY)
Accounting and Information Technology Saturday, August 25 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. McCoy Hall (MCOY)
Athletic Training Thursday, August 2 and Friday, August 3 all day Jowers Center (JOW)
Business Administration Saturday, August 25 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. McCoy Hall (MCOY)
Communication Design Saturday, August 25 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Joan Cole Mitte (JCM), Room 2112
Communication Studies Wednesday August 22 (Tentative) 3:30 p.m. (Tentative) Centennial Hall (CENT), Room 206
Criminal Justice (Doctoral) Thursday, August 16 3 – 6 p.m. Hines Academic Center (HINE), Room 102
Developmental Education (Doctoral) Wednesday, August 22 (Tentative) 5 – 9 p.m. Academic Services Building North (ASBN), Room 408
Engineering Thursday, August 23 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Roy F. Mitte (RFM), Room 5242
Human Nutrition Thursday, August 23 9 a.m. – noon Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), Room 135
Human Resource Management Saturday, August 25 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. McCoy Hall (MCOY)
Legal Studies Thursday, September 6 5 p.m. Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), Room 379
Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization Wednesday, August 22 TBD TBD
Public Administration Saturday, September 8 10 – 11 a.m. Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC), Room 105
Social Work Wednesday, August 15 2 – 4 p.m. Encino Hall, Room 145
Theatre (MFA with concentrations in design, directing, and dramatic writing) Wednesday, August 22 10 a.m. – noon Theatre Center (THEA) 100

  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.

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