Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation

Welcome to the Anteater community! Join us for the 2016-17 Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation at the Bren Events Center. This day-long event will focus on assisting new graduate students successfully navigate through their graduate journey at UCI. The program will cover a variety of topics including professional development, academic success, health and wellness, and student life. Whether you are curious about graduate support services, how to begin your professional development, or maintaining a healthy graduate student lifestyle, Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation is the first place to gain valuable information to impact your graduate experience. 

Friday, September 16, 2016
University of California, Irvine
Bren Events Center

What can Orientation do for you? A lot. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to some of your peers explain what they found most helpful about Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation.


Friday, September 16, 2016


Bren Events Center
Mesa Rd. and West Peltason Dr.
Irvine, CA 92697


Please check your UCI email for an email from for the registration link.

Registration for this FREE event is required. 


We strongly encourage you to use the new student checklist prior to your arrival at Orientation.


We would like to make sure that all of our incoming graduate students, including students with disabilities, have an equal opportunity to participate in the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation. If you require specific accommodations, we ask that you contact the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team as soon as possible via email at so that we may prepare accordingly.

Additionally, we encourage all students with a qualifying disability to register with UCI’s Disability Services Center so that the school may continue to support you throughout your graduate career. If you have any questions about eligibility or available support, we encourage you to contact the Disability Services Center as soon as possible.

Students requiring special meal accommodations should indicate it on the online registration form. However, if you made a mistake or forgot to specify a dietary restriction, please contact the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team with an update.



Q: Are incoming graduate students required to attend the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation?  
A: We strongly encourage every incoming graduate student to attend OrientationThe event is intended to introduce students to campus resources and provide a platform to network with other incoming students from other disciplines.  

Q: Where will Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation take place 
A: The event will occur in the Bren Events Center.

Q: What should I wear to Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation? 
A: Orientation is a day-long event during which you will be moving between rooms and buildings to attend sessions. We encourage you to wear comfortable attire and footwear to move easily throughout the day.  

Q: Do I need to do anything to prepare for Orientation? 
A: No, you do not need to do anything to prepare for Orientation except register for the event.  Registration is free and  includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There will be plenty of information given out at the event, so we encourage you to bring a pen and paper. Please avoid bringing any valuable items that may be lost or misplaced (e.g. passports, large sums of money, etc.). 

Q: Can I bring my family? 
A: Unfortunately, family members cannot attend this event. We understand that some of our incoming graduate students have spouses and children that might like to attend, however the programming of the event is tailored specifically to incoming graduate students 

Q: Where do I register for Orientation?  
A: All incoming students can expect to receive an email invitation with information on registration instructions from   

Q: How can I be sure I am registered for Orientation?  
A: Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email. As the event approaches, you will also receive communications from with further event information. 


Q: Can incoming international students attend both the International and the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation?  
A: Yes, international students are invited and should attend both events. The International Graduate Welcome and Orientation is designed to provide information unique to incoming international students, while the Campuswide event will pertain to all incoming graduate students 

Q: What kinds of information will be provided during Orientation? 
AThe Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation is intended to give incoming graduate students a breadth of information regarding their success while at UCI.  Topics will include graduate support services, professional development, health and wellness, and ways to prepare you for academic success.  

Q: If I am already participating in TAPDP, should I still come to Orientation? 
A: Yes. The Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (TAPDP) focuses on how to be a Teaching Assistant, while Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation will provide you with information and resources as a student.  These events cover very different information and we strongly encourage you to attend Orientation. 



Q: If our department is already having a department orientation, should our students still come to the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation? 
A: Yes, we strongly encourage students to attend both the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation and their department/school-based orientation. This event provides essential information that applies to all graduate students at UCI. Furthermore, this is the first major opportunity the graduate students from the various schools and departments will have to meet and mingle. 

Q: We have some students that will have to miss Campuswide Orientation. Where can we acquire the handouts and information for them? 
A: Please have your graduate students stop by the Graduate Resource Center following the event. We will be more than happy to give them a folder containing all the information and materials they missed at the event.


Have a question? Need more information? Send an e-mail to the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team.