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Welcome to the graduate community at Texas State!

New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is designed to set you up for success by providing you with helpful information and resources to enhance your academic experience at Texas State!

Every August, we hold orientation to introduce all spring, summer, and incoming fall graduate students to key policies, services, on-campus events, and more! Even if you are admitted for the spring or summer terms, you are invited to attend.

For the fall 2020 orientation, we offered orientation online as a Canvas course with an accompanying virtual live event (via Zoom). Please review the details below to access our two orientation opportunities!

NGSO: Canvas
The Canvas course* is live! This course provides a variety of tools and information to help you succeed right from the start. This information is designed to help you get comfortable with:

  • The culture and expectations of graduate school, including advice from graduate faculty
  • The San Marcos and Round Rock area
  • How to get started
  • Making connections; getting support when you need it and building community

*Please note NGSO: Canvas is a guiding resource; you will not receive academic course credit for completing the course.

Enroll in the course today!


NGSO: Zoom
The virtual live event featured a main program with a welcome from The Graduate College Dean and three resource sessions covering valuable information to help set you up for success including:

  • Graduate College resources
  • professional development opportunities
  • tips from current graduate students
  • internal and external funding
  • advice from graduate faculty on the research and writing process

Check out recordings* of NGSO: Zoom below!

*Closed captioning is currently being added to all videos.

Main Program

How to Achieve Success in Graduate School: Managing the Transition

Graduate College Funding: Show Me the Money!

Research + Writing in Graduate School


We encourage you to review our student welcome, read or download our Graduate Student Handbook, and watch our welcome video. If you have any questions, please contact us. We wish you the best as you embark on your graduate studies!

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 512.245.3451. We ask that you notify The Graduate College at 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

  Texas State is a tobacco-free campus.