Orientation & FAQ
Monday, August 31
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
The MGIS program has orientation programs every fall and spring for incoming graduate students. They are normally scheduled a week or two prior to the start of classes. The fall orientation is a full-day program since the majority of students start at the beginning of the academic year; a scaled-down version is organized for those entering in the spring. The orientation content includes an introduction to faculty, students and administrators, an explanation of program requirements and procedures, a discussion of facilities and services, opportunities for financial assistance and awards, and, of course, advising support. In Fall 2020, the orientation program will be scaled-down and held online via Zoom followed by one-on-one advising sessions as needed.
Graduate School Orientation Program
The Graduate School's Welcome & Online Orientation is open to all incoming graduate and professional students and is intended to complement orientations provided by programs and colleges. This program also includes GEAR1 , an online orientation for new graduate students.
International Students: ISSS New Student Information
All new international students should visit the International Student & Scholar Services New Student Information page for ISSS requirements and resources essential to getting started at the University of Minnesota. You will not be able to register for courses until required ISSS tasks have been completed.
The following frequently asked questions will give you additional useful information prior to our MGIS program orientation.