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New Student Information


The information below is especially pertinent to new students as they move to Morgantown and begin their graduate studies.

Orientation programs

Most programs provide orientation sessions for new graduate students either before classes start or during the early part of the fall semester. Information is available from advisors and program directors.

The Office of Graduate Education and Life (OGEL) will offer a new student orientation session on Friday, January 5, 2018, for on-campus graduate and professional students. If your program is not offering an orientation session, we encourage you to attend. The OGEL orientation is not required; nonetheless, we strongly encourage newly admitted graduate students to attend because it covers a wide range of topics that may be helpful to your academic and personal success at WVU. It is important to note that some academic programs offer new student orientation programs during the fall term and we recommend that students attend their academic program’s orientation if it conflicts with the OGEL new student orientation schedule.

OGEL Graduate Student Orientation 

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018 

Location: Mountaineer Room (Mountainlair, Downtown Campus) 

Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Again, you are not required to attend this event; however, if you do plan to attend, we request that you complete this online form for planning purposes. Even if you don’t complete the survey or if your plans change, you are welcome to attend all or part of the orientation.

Orientations sessions are scheduled for new graduate teaching assistants. More information is available on the website of the Teaching and Learning Commons


The Graduate Academy offers workshops that can be useful to new students.

The Office of Graduate Education and Life offers occasional sessions on topics of interest to new students. Check here or in the calendar of events.

Required and Optional Training for New Graduate Students

Students should consult with their program directors to determine which of the following online or face-to-face training programs are required or recommended for them.