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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!

Orientation is offered online through a Canvas course, resource videos, and a virtual live event. Please review the details below to access our 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.

Learn more about NGSO: Canvas!


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How To Access NGSO: Canvas

Enroll in the course!


Learn more about Graduate College resources and professional development opportunities from the Dean of The Graduate College, Dr. Andrea Golato, and our Student Development Specialist II, Lindsey Wilson!

Dean's Welcome

Professional Development Opportunities

Graduate College Resources

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NGSO: Zoom
Our most recent virtual live event featured three resource sessions covering valuable information to help set you up for success including:

  • 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!


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.