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Resources for Prospective and New Graduate Students

2019 Graduate Student Orientation

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 10am -12:15pm new students | 1pm - 2:15pm new and returning grad assistants | 1:30 - 2:15pm new and returning students with questions.
Check the schedule for sessions that apply to you.

Graduate student orientation is held each year during Welcome Week in the fall semester. There is no orientation in spring semester. The purpose of orientation is to provide an introduction to on-campus and system-wide resources for graduate students, and to provide a chance for students from across disciplines to meet. Individual programs also hold separate orientation activities specific to the program.

NEW - Online Graduate Student Orientation Modules - GEAR1
Designed for graduate students on the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester campuses, GEAR1 (Graduate EducAtion Resources for the 1st Year) contains a wealth of resources and advice to help you succeed. The modules are arranged so that you can return to them throughout your graduate career. Your University account must be activated in order to access the orientation.
Note:  This online orientation resource is not intended to replace the in-person Graduate Student Orientation described above.

Mandatory Speaking Assessment for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Non-native English speakers holding graduate teaching assistantships are required by University policy to demonstrate English speaking proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Minimum official TOEFL iBT speaking sub-score of 27 or IELTS speaking sub-score of 8
  • Bachelor's degree from US institution within the last two years
  • UMTC SETTA rating of 1 or 2

GTAs not meeting one of these requirements must take a speaking assessment upon arrival to UMD. Contact the Graduate Office for more information and scheduling.

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