Graduate Division

Virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation

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Welcome to the Anteater community! This 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, Graduate Welcome and Orientation is the first place to gain valuable information to impact your graduate experience.

2021 Information (August 23rd - September 17th)

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For the safety of our campus community and incoming graduate students, Graduate Welcome and Orientation will be hosted remotely. Students are invited to register and will be sent details on how to participate in the event and the online learning environments in August.

Orientation is designed to help incoming graduate students from all disciplines begin their first-class education on the right foot. Listen to some of your peers explain what they found the most helpful about the event. 

Orientation Module Schedule 

Week of August 23rd, 2021

In this module we'll welcome you to UCI, show you how to use our Canvas Module structure, and most importantly, how to make the most of your graduate experience!

Being a graduate student can get some getting used to. Not to worry though, in this module we'll tell you about the different funding/financial aid opportunities we have available, give you your grad school checklist, talk about the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD)Office of Research, and International Center.

Q&A Session 1: August 26th, 2021 | 9:30 am PT
Our panel of experts will recap modules 1 and 2, and answer any questions related to the modules.

Hidden Anteater Challenge Winners
Congratulations to our week one winners Jessica Moore and Taryn Williams!

Week of August 30th, 2021

Our beautiful campus has so much to offer! In this module, we'll help you get to know our campus with a virtual campus tour and tell you all the great things about the city of Irvine and the surrounding areas.

Your professional success is important to us, afterall that's why you attend Grad School right? In this module we'll talk about the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Center (GPSRC)Division of Career PathwaysApplied Innovation, and Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation. All of these places are dedicated to giving you the skills you need to professionally succeed! 

Q&A Session 2: September 2nd, 2021 | 9:30 am PT
Our panel of experts will recap modules 3 and 4, and answer any questions related to the modules.

Week of September 6th, 2021

In this module we'll show you the many resources we have available to aid in your personal growth and health. As a UCI graduate student you have access to places like our Counseling CenterStudent Health CenterDisability Services Center, and much more.

We're committed to providing a supportive community for students with an emphasis on inclusive excellence. This module will show you all the different ways we live up to that promise every day.

Q&A Session 3: September 9th, 2021 | 9:30 am PT
Our panel of experts will recap modules 5 and 6, and answer any questions related to the modules.
WATCH REPLAY of Q&A Session 3

Week of September 13th, 2021

In our final module we'll show you all the different ways UCI is committed to your academic success. We know you're an elite scholar, that's why you're here. Let us help you reach your professional goals.

Q&A Session 4: September 17th, 2021 | 9:30 am PT
Our panel of experts will recap module 7 and answer any questions related to the module.
WATCH REPLAY of Q&A Session 4

Anteater Challenge

Hidden Anteater Challenge

As you can probably tell, here at UCI we love anteaters! We think you will too, especially if that means finding anteaters equates to prizes! As you go through each orientation module, there will be hidden anteaters throughout each one, so pay attention! When you're finished with each module set, be sure to fill out the corresponding form below. If you guess the correct number of hidden anteaters, you will be entered into a raffle to win a $25 giftcard! Two winners will be announced at each virtual Q&A session and you must be present to win!

Good luck and happy hunting! #ZotZotZot

Section 2


Invitations will be emailed to students beginning at the end of July. Check the email address used when applying to UCI for your link to register for Graduate Welcome and Orientation.

Your invitation to register will be sent from Registration is free and is required in order to receive all of the details to launch the virtual learning environment and to receive event updates. 


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

New Student Checklist

In order to prepare for your graduate journey at UCI, we strongly encourage you to use the new student pre-arrival checklists.

What Should I Expect At Orientation

This event is meant to prepare you for graduate school. There have been many changes in the past few months that have impacted many universities and students, but we are still committed to helping you prepare for the beginning of distance learning and your future on-campus experience. You will have access to content and resources virtually and can independently learn at your own pace. We understand that there are a lot of stressors and challenges right now and we hope to make this a positive learning experience for everyone and look forward to when we can meet again safely on campus.

A Variety of Topics Focused on Your Graduate Success: Orientation will feature information from many campus partners and resources in Canvas (online learning environment) to help you make the most of your graduate career and most importantly, ensure that you are prepared for the work ahead of you.  

Campus Tours: While our campus is closed for visits currently, we encourage you to take a virtual campus tour at your convenience.

How to Prepare for the Day

Q: How do I dress for the day?
A: The Graduate Welcome and Orientation is a casual event and even more so since we are going virtual for 2021. We encourage incoming students to dress comfortably and since there won't be much walking, feel free to go barefoot. 

Q: What do I bring?
A:  Just bring yourself and your computer. The program will be packed with useful information so we suggest you take it at your own pace. Each student will gain access to our videos and online learning environment, Canvas.

Q: What time does Orientation start?
A: You will have access to the Orientation content in Canvas on August 23rd through September 17th. But, don't forget that we will share information and content on our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) throughout the launch day. 

Special Accommodations

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 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. DSC has provide students with online resources and assistive technologies for the new virtual environments. 

FAQs for Incoming Students


Q: I've heard that there is an orientation event for international students. How do I register?  
A: For 2021, international and domestic students will attend the virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation together. International students will have additional information and resources available to them in Canvas. Students will receive an email in late July about how to register and access the orientation materials.

Q: What kinds of information will be provided during Orientation? 
A: The 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: Do I need to do anything to prepare for Orientation? 
A: Please be sure that you have activated your UCInetID so that you can acceess UCI's online learning tools, including Canvas which you will use for the event. Make sure that you have a steady internet connect and your computer is ready to go.

Q: Where do I register for Orientation?  
A: All incoming students can expect to receive an email invitation to their email address used to apply to UCI 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 communication from with further event information. 

Q: My program is hosting an event/orientation that might overlap with the Graduate Welcome and Orientation. How can I attend both events?
A: Graduate Division's Virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation will be accessible in Canvas beginning on August 23rd. You may access the content at any time but we encourage you to review all of the content prior to classes starting. 

Q: What is Canvas?
A: Canvas is UCI's online learning management system that is typically associated with academic courses you are enrolled in every quarter. Canvas has features such as grade books, message boards, quizzes, file sharing, and the ability to post a variety of course content. Be sure that you can see the "Graduate Welcome and Orientation" course in your course dashboard when it is released on August 23rd.

FAQs for Faculty, Staff, and Departments


Q: If our department is already having a department orientation, should our students still attend the virtual Graduate Welcome and Orientation? 
A: Yes and since it is virtual, students can go through the Orientation materials at their own pace. We strongly encourage students to attend both Graduate Welcome and Orientation and their department/school-based orientation so they can develop a breadth of knowledge and resources in preparation for their graduate experience online and for when we can return to campus safely.