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New Student Orientation

Welcome to Northwestern!

A virtual TGS New Student Orientation is available via Canvas for you to complete at your own pace. Incoming students of The Graduate School (TGS) are enrolled automatically and may access this course with your NetID and password.

The virtual orientation features four modules:

  1. Essential information from key campus partners;
  2. Important resources and services provided by TGS; 
  3. Information about graduate student organizations and campus resources;
  4. Tips for living in the Chicago area (for students who will be on campus). 

Please complete this virtual orientation prior to the start of the Fall Quarter on Wednesday, September 16. Plan approximately 90 minutes to complete all of the modules.

Q&A Session with TGS Student Funding Team

As part of our virtual TGS New Student Orientation, The Graduate School's Student Funding Team will host a Q&A session via Zoom on Thursday, September 3 at 1:00 PM CDT and again on Tuesday, September 8 at 1:00 PM CDT.

Both Q&A sessions are optional and will present the same content. They are designed for PhD and MFA students who receive stipends from TGS.

Please email TGS Events & Outreach Manager Victoria Williams with any questions at