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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 this year's orientation, we will be offering orientation online as a Canvas course with an accompanying virtual live event (via Zoom) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Please review the details below regarding 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 will be held on Wednesday, August 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The webinar will feature 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.

Time Session
5:30 – 5:55 p.m.

Main Program
Welcome + Introduction to Graduate School at Texas State
Overview of Resources at The Graduate College
Professional Development for Graduate Students
NGSO: Canvas + Resource Sessions Overview

6 – 6:45 p.m.

Resource Session
How to Achieve Success in Graduate School: Managing the Transition

6:50 – 7:25 p.m.

Resource Session
Graduate College Funding: Show Me the Money!

7:30 – 8 p.m.

Resource Session
Research + Writing in Graduate School

Sign up to receive the NGSO: Zoom link!*


*Please note Zoom limits webinars to 500 participants. Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis. After 500 people have joined, access to the webinar will automatically close. Therefore, signing up will provide access to the webinar but will not guarantee your spot. We encourage to tune in early to ensure your participation.

If you are unable to participate in NGSO: Zoom, a recording of the event will be available at a later date.


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.