Orientation Schedule for New Engineering Students

Get started in your graduate program with New Graduate Student Orientation

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Join us on Thursday, August 17th, for an official welcome and in-person orientation, where we will share essential resources and transition information. This will include panel discussions with faculty members, current students, career services, and student support staff. There will be time for questions from our new students at the end of each panel. It will also be an excellent opportunity to connect with your peers.

Schoolwide Orientation (required)



08:30 - 09:00am


09:00 - 09:15am

Welcome by the Dean

09:15 - 10:00am 

Session 1

10:15 - 11:00am

Session 2

11:15 - 12:00pm

Session 3

12:00 - 01:00pm


01:00 - 01:45pm

Session 4

01:45- 03:00pm

Resource fair (with popsicles)

BreakfastLight breakfast and coffee (breakfast served buffet-style) 3rd floor lobby of the Chemistry building.

Welcome: Welcome remarks by Jennifer West, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science. Chemistry Building Rm 402

Session 1: General session - Topics covered Graduate expectations, seeking mentors, communication, and academic integrity. Chemistry Building Rm 402

For sessions 2-4, the panelists will rotate through the classrooms while students will remain in their assigned classrooms (Rice Hall 130, Olsson Hall 120, and Mechanical Engineering Bldg. 205).

Block 1:  Student Wellness and Support 

  • ·  Benefits and challenges of diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
  • ·  Provide a solutions toolkit and develop self-awareness.
  • ·  How can we be of help?

Block 2:  Getting the Most Out of Graduate School – Faculty Panel

  • ·   The role of the graduate student in the School and University
  • ·   The mentor-mentee relationship – how to get the most out of your relationship with your advisor.
  • ·   Ownership and independence of work
  • ·   Asking for help early

Block 3:  Real Talk: Current Graduate Student Panel – Graduate Engineering Student Council

  •     Hear tips on getting started in graduate school from current students.
  •     Ask questions about grad school, life in Charlottesville, and what else is on your mind.

Block 4:  Career Design and planning as an Advanced Degree Engineer 

  •     Overview of career and professional development resources
  •     Upcoming events
  •     Introduction to Handshake

Resource fair - Thornton Hall Courtyard - Connect new and current graduate students with school and university clubs, identity groups, and resources for graduate students.

Please check for communication from your GRADUATE COORDINATORS about program-specific orientation events.

We look forward to welcoming you to SEAS!