New Student Orientation

Welcome!

We are thrilled to welcome you to Georgia Tech soon! Below, you'll find a variety of resources to help you get started on your transition to graduate study. This page includes:

  1. Orientation Information Class
  2. New Student Checklist
  3. Campus resources
    (housing, visas, study abroad, health and wellness, academic registration, financial aid, treasury, and the Office of Graduate Studies)
  4. Grad Guide: a Handbook for Graduate Students and other resources from the Office of Graduate Studies.

For more information about key campus offices and locations, please visit our Campus Resources page.

Dates and Deadlines

Mark your Calendars!

  • June 10, June 24, or July 8: Deadline to complete immunization and health requirements (deadlines based on last name; visit health.gatech.edu)
  • June 12-21: Phase I Course Registration
  • July 1: GMC/ALIS Entry Survey due
  • August 15: MS Orientation Day for GMC & ALIS students 
    (all day; includes Institute orientation)
  • August 19: First Day of Classes 
  • August 10-23: Phase II Course Registration
  • August 26 at 4:00 pm: Deadline to pay tuition and fees

Orientation-August 15th

  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Grad Expo
    (Resource Fair all day)
     
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am - Georgia Tech Graduate Orientation
    Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 144
    (space reserved for MS-GMC and MS-ALIS)
     
  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm - MS-GMC and MS-ALIS Orientation
    Swann Building, 613 Cherry Street

 

Please note: All students must attend one 60-minute orientation session by the Office of Graduate Studies. The session on August 15th at 9:00 am has spaces reserved for all the students in MS-GMC and MS-ALIS. However, you may attend any of the sessions that Georgia Tech offers.

Thursday, August 8

3pm – 4pm

CULC 144

Tuesday, August 13

10am – 11am

CULC 144

Tuesday, August 13

3pm – 4pm

CULC 144

Thursday, August 15

9am – 10am

CULC 144

Thursday, August 15

11am – 12pm

CULC 144

Thursday, August 15

2pm – 3pm

CULC 144

Tuesday, August 20

11am – 12pm

Student Center Theater

New Student Checklist

Provided by the Office of Graduate Studies

Download New Student Checklist

  • Check your status. Visit http://www.grad.gatech.edu/status-checking to see if you have any outstanding required documentation and to let us know you are coming. Note that although you may have uploaded unofficial transcripts and degree documents to apply, you must now submit the original, official documents prior to enrollment. If your previous institution offers delivery of secure electronic transcripts, please have documents sent to transcripts@grad.gatech.edu. Scanned or emailed documents will not be accepted, but official documents in sealed envelopes may be mailed or hand-delivered to the following address:

                           Office of Graduate Studies
                           Georgia Institute of Technology
                           631 Cherry St., Suite 318
                           Atlanta, GA 30332-0321

  • Complete international student check-in (only for international students). Complete the International Student Check-In to have your OIE registration hold removed. More information is available here: https://oie.gatech.edu/isss-check-in.
     
  • Verify Lawful Presence. In accordance with University System of Georgia policy, students must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. For more information, visit
    http://www.grad.gatech.edu/lawful-presence.
     
  • Activate your Georgia Tech account. Visit https://passport.gatech.edu to start the process.
     
  • July 1st:  Complete MS-GMC/MS-ALIS Entry Survey
     
  • Learn about Grad Groups. Grad Groups is Georgia Tech’s extended orientationprogram for new graduate students. Navigating the nuances of graduate school can bechallenging, so don’t embark on this journey alone. Participants are organized intogroups of about 16 students from a variety of degree programs, academic interests, and cultural backgrounds. Each group is led by a senior graduate student, which allowsparticipants to tap into their group leader’s valuable experience and leverage that fortheir own success. You can register for Grad Groups (GT8801) during course registration. Just pick a section that fits into your course schedule. http://grad.gatech.edu/grad-groups.
     
  • Complete your I-20 request (for international students). I-20s and DS-2019s for study on the Atlanta campus are issued by the Office of International Education after you have been officially admitted to Georgia Tech. You will receive emails from info@oie.gatech.edu  asking you to complete information needed for the I-20/DS-2019. You will also upload a copy of your passport and any required financial documents in these electronic forms. (For financial document requirements, visit http://b.gatech.edu/UA0H4s.) After an I-20/DS-2019 is made, your academic department will send it to you directly. For more information, visit http://b.gatech.edu/1rNhm2T.
     
  • Read over the Graduate Guide, which is a document that will fill you in on all of the policies and resources you need to know about as a new graduate student at Tech. You can find it at http://grad.gatech.edu/student-handbook.
     
  • Submit health and immunization information. All students on the Atlanta campus are required to meet immunization and health requirements specified by the Board of Regents. Visit Health Services (http://health.gatech.edu) to complete the required forms. (You won’t be able to register for classes until this is finished.)
     
  • Learn about the RCR training requirement. Some master’s and all doctoral students will need to complete online and/or in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Visit http://rcr.gatech.edu to learn more.
     
  • Complete any GRA or GTA paperwork. If you were offered a graduate research assistantship (GRA) or graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) by your admitting department, you’ll need to complete any new hire paperwork and visit the Office of Human Resources or one of their distributed Graduate Student Employee Processing sites to complete the process.
     
  • Schedule your Campus Visit and Tour. Learn about the graduate student visit and tour experience and schedule your next visit to Georgia Tech at http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/visit-the-campus
     
  • Attend orientation(s). The Office of Graduate Studies hosts several orientation sessions for new students on the Atlanta campus that provide an overview of resources available to you at Georgia Tech. For more information, visit http://www.grad.gatech.edu/orientation-gradexpo to sign up for a session. Your program may also offer its own orientation that you should plan to attend. 
      
  • GTAs Attend TA Orientation. New GTAs are encouraged to attend TA Orientation in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
     
  • Attend GradExpo. In August, the Office of Graduate Studies hosts the GradExpo event to help new graduate students learn about campus services, student organizations, and local businesses in the surrounding community. For more information, visit http://grad.gatech.edu/orientation-gradexpo.
     
  • Participate in Grad Groups. Grad Groups is Georgia Tech’s extended orientation program for new graduate students on the Atlanta campus. Navigating the nuances of graduate school can be challenging, so don’t embark on this journey alone. Participants are organized into groups of about 15 students from a variety of degree programs, academic interests, and cultural backgrounds. Each group is led by a senior graduate student, which allows participants to tap into their group leader’s valuable experience and leverage that for their own success. http://grad.gatech.edu/grad-groups.
     
  • Register for classes. New graduate students will be able to register for classes during the Phase II registration window according to the Registrar's academic calendar (http://registrar.gatech.edu/calendar). You will have an assigned registration “time ticket” indicating the specific date/time your access to the registration system will begin. You will be able to continue to register and make schedule changes through 4:00 p.m. on the Friday of the first week of the semester (when registration closes for all students). To access the online registration, go to the BuzzPort (https://buzzport.gatech.edu) student tab. (This tab will appear before the start of the semester for new students). If there is something called a “hold,” you will not be allowed to register until you have submitted the missing information. Types of holds include Graduate Studies or Lawful Presence (contact Graduate Studies for information), Health (contact Health Services for information), SEVIS (contact the Office of International Education for more information), and Departmental (contact your home department).
     
  • Complete Two-Factor Authentication enrollment. Georgia Tech requires all students to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication to enhance the security of student accounts and online access to sensitive information. You can self-enroll through https://passport.gatech.edu/. More information: http://twofactor.oit.gatech.edu/.
     
  • Pay all fees and tuition. This needs to be done after you register for classes. You will receive information about the status of your account from the Office of the Bursar via your Georgia Tech email account. The payment deadlines are provided at http://www.bursar.gatech.edu/calendar.php.
     
  • Get your BuzzCard. Your BuzzCard student ID is your campus passport, library card, facilities access key, and can even be loaded with money to use at restaurants/dining halls across campus. The BuzzCard office is located on the second floor of Barnes and Noble at the corner of Spring Street and Fifth Street in Technology Square.
     
  • Purchase your parking permit. You’ll need a permit if you will need to park on campus. For more information, visit the Office of Parking and Transportation Services website at http://pts.gatech.edu.
     
  • Review all of the resources. We've compiled a list of resources that are available to you ranging from information about child care to the Language Institute. Find the complete list online at http://www.grad.gatech.edu/resources.
     
  • Review graduate sections of the catalog. This contains useful information about Georgia Tech, degree programs, and graduate policies and procedures. For more information, visit http://www.catalog.gatech.edu.
     
  • Take the Admissions Survey. Help us improve our processes for future new graduate students. Take the survey here: http://b.gatech.edu/2IQLOZ5.
     
  • Learn More about the HAVEN training requirementshttp://healthinitiatives.gatech.edu/alcoholedu-haven

GT Grad Guide

Georgia Tech Graduate Student Handbook

The Office of Graduate Studies has created a policy handbook for Graduate Students that covers everything from student-faculty expectations at Georgia Tech to resources that support diversity to information about financial resources.  Please familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures outlined in this document. 

Georgia Tech Grad Guide 

Please check out the Office of Graduate Studies website  (http://www.grad.gatech.edu/) for more information about campus resources, transitioning into graduate student life, and the opportunities available to you on campus. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these resources, including Grad Groups, an extended orientation for graduate students, which is offered as a 1-credit course in Fall semester.

 

 

Housing Options

AtlantaGeorgia Tech offers on-campus housing for graduate students (please see links below). The majority of students live off-campus, such as in Midtown, West Midtown, or Home Park, which are walkable from campus. We recommend that you check out the link below to learn about the various neighborhoods in Atlanta and think about what best fits your needs.   

On-Campus Housing:
https://housing.gatech.edu/news/new-transfer-and-new-graduate-students-apply-housing

Georgia Tech Housing Website:
http://housing.gatech.edu/

Recommendations for Off-Campus Housing:
https://www.news.gatech.edu/2019/02/19/prospective-campus-dwellers-guide-nearby-neighborhoods

International Students

Visas and Study Abroad

The Office of International Education is your first point of contact for all things related to traveling abroad. They support students to prepare for study abroad and handle visa processing for international students. OIE also hosts the Global Internship Program, which can help you identify internships abroad.

Office of International Education Website:
https://oie.gatech.edu/

Information about applying for a F-1/J-1 visa:
https://oie.gatech.edu/content/applying-f-1j-1-visa