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Congratulations on being accepted to the School of Graduate Studies at SCSU!

Now that you have been accepted you may be asking what is next. This site will provide you with the information necessary to reach your goals.

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Online Orientation Materials for All Graduate Students

Web Orientation


New Graduate Student Orientation Presentations

Planning a Course of Study

Upcoming Orientation Events- August 2016

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Online Orientation for Graduate Students, 6-7:30pm



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Welcome and Check-in for New On-Campus International Students. 8:30 am, Ballroom, Atwood Center


New Graduate Assistant Orientation, 4:45pm-8:00pm, Cascade Room, Atwood Memorial Center


On-Campus Orientation for All New Graduate Students, 3:45pm-5:30pm, Miller Center Auditorium

Graduate Student and Faculty Reception, 5:30-6:30 pm. Miller Center lobby


International Student Registration, 10-12pm

Open House/ Scavenger Hunt, 1-4pm

New Student Picnic, 5-7pm

Graduate Student Social, 7pm-8:30pm, Brothers Bar & Grill




Outdoor Service
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Indoor Service

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TCGC International Graduate Student Orientation, 8:30am-3:00pm




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All New Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the graduate student orientation session on Wednesday, August 17 and invited to participate in the other events occurring in conjunction with the First Four Days campus orientation.

All New Graduate Student Orientation- Schedule (.pdf)

Date: Wednesday, August 17th
Time: 3:45pm-6:30pm
Location: Miller Center 122

School of Graduate Studies Orientation to be followed by a reception for new graduate students and faculty (5:30-6:30).

Free Parking is available from 3:30-7:00 pm in the AA and C Parking lots. Pay parking is available in the Miller Center lot and the Parking ramp.

Open Houses

Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 1:00- 4:00 pm
Location: St. Cloud State Campus

Offices from around campus will be open and welcoming new students and their families. Check into 5 or more offices and be entered into a drawing to win prizes! 

Adult Learner, Graduate Student, Veteran, and Student Parent Picnic

Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Herb Brooks Hockey Center Atrium -- Park in K-Lot

Graduate Student Social

Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Brother's Bar & Grill, Downtown St. Cloud

This event is co-sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Organization. Light refreshments will be available.

Service Projects

Date: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Location: Atwood Memorial Center

Variety of indoor and outdoor service projects.

Online and Distance Learners

Fall 2016 Online Orientation for All New Graduate Students-- Schedule (.pdf)

Date: Wednesday, August 10th
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Virtually at

Provides an introduction to graduate education, overview of campus services, technology support and guidance on remote/online access to the University.

Twin Cities Center International Graduate Student Orientation -- Schedule (.pdf)

Date: Tuesday, August 23rd
Time: 8:30am-2:00pm (Light breakfast and lunch provided)
2:00pm-3:00 pm English language written test for those required to test.

Required for new international graduate students in programs located at the Twin Cities Center.

New International Graduate Students

International Graduate Students in St. Cloud campus based programs will participate in the Center for International Studies orientation and the following specific graduate student sessions.

Fall 2016 International Graduate Student Orientation-- Schedule (.pdf)

International Graduate Student Welcome
Date: Tuesday, August 16
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Location: Centennial 100

F-I Visa Session (REQUIRED for F-1 visa holders/seekers)
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Miller Center 122

New Graduate Student Orientation (REQUIRED)
Date: Wednesday, August 17
Time: 3:45 - 6:30pm
Location: Miller Center 122

Registration and Technological Assistance (Optional)
Date: Thursday, August 18th
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Centennial Hall 455

See above for optional open houses/scavenger hunt, picnic and graduate student social information.

Orientation Information for New Graduate Assistants


The School of Graduate Studies Orientation sessions are offered in addition to program specific orientations or receptions.

Program Specific Sessions

Higher Education M.S.

Tuesday, August 16, 2:00 pm

Information Assurance

Wednesday, August 17, 6:30-7:30 pm, Centennial Hall 498

School Counseling

Monday, August 22, 3:00-4:30 pm, Education Building, A240

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Monday, August 22, 3:00-4:30 pm, TBD