Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

New Students

Orientation for New Students, August 18-26, 2014

New GSAS Student Orientation begins Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am. All new Graduate School students are required to check in at the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) (320 York Street, HGS 119) between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. In any event, please plan your travel to be on campus no later than 12:00 noon that day. We look forward to meeting and welcoming you!

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Orientation is essential for you to make a smooth transition into your program of graduate study and into life at Yale and in New Haven. Orientation events take place through Monday, August 18 through Tuesday, August 26, during which you will learn practical information on resources of departments and degree programs, the Graduate School, the University and New Haven, as well as enjoy social events that offer you a chance to make new friends and build community.

You may contact the Office of Graduate Student Life by email or by calling 203-432-2583 with any questions or concerns regarding Orientation.

Check-in at the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS)
  • On Monday, August 18, you check in at HGS 119 to begin the Orientation process, clear any holds, and receive your Yale ID and orientation materials.
  • Bring a photo ID, your I-9 and other documents listed on the Checklist page under the section “Documents Required for Check-in at Orientation (August 18).”
  • As part of the check-in process, you will receive your Yale student ID card, your I-9 form will be processed, and a Health Hold review will be conducted. Graduate School staff will answer questions and provide information.
  • Graduate Dormitory Move-in Weekend takes place Friday-Sunday, August 15-17. Yale Graduate Dorm key release and move-in is administered separately by the Graduate Housing Office (not by the Graduate School).
  • International Students must check in separately with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). If you are an international student, one of the first things you must do after you arrive in New Haven is report to the OISS. This is a U.S. Immigration requirement, and failure to do so could result in loss of your legal status in the U.S. The OISS check-in process takes about 1 1/2 hours and can be scheduled in advance.
    •   You do NOT get your Yale ID at OISS Check-in — you get it at GSAS Orientation Check-in at HGS (see following section below).
    •   IMPORTANT: Do NOT schedule OISS check-in for Thursday, August 21, GS Matriculation day, as you must attend important GSAS events on that day. In addition to checking in with OISS, all new GSAS international students must attend the GSAS Orientation events (see the GSAS calendar online for details).
GSAS Orientation Events — Detailed Schedule Online
  • Pick which events you will attend. After resolving any issues at Check-in, you can choose participate in a variety of informational and social events, help sessions, giant resource fairs, and campus and city tours during the Orientation week. See the GSAS calendar online for details.
  • Orientation comprises many small group tours, quick info sessions, resource fairs, and socials in and around campus. It does not involve long presentations to huge groups in an auditorium. Many events, like tours for Yale Health and for Yale libraries, are repeated during the week, so you can pick one that works with your schedule.
  • Orientation is open to you and your family members. Activities in the GSAS calendar online are open to all new students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and spouses, partners and children are welcome to attend as listed or as appropriate. Events are free unless otherwise noted, and certain events require advance registration.
  • There are specific activities for international students, student spouses and partners, students with children, women and students of color. Attend any events you may deem relevant to your own situation.
  • Department and Degree Program Orientation events are held on Monday, August 25 or Tuesday, August 26. Contact your department or degree program for more information.
  • GSAS classes begin Wednesday, August 27. There is no pre-registration for courses at Yale. Starting Friday, August 22 you can begin choosing courses online with your NetID. You can attend courses of interest during the first two weeks of each term to see if they meet your needs (called “Shopping” at Yale). You must complete online course registration by mid-September.
GSAS Matriculation Day, Thursday, August 21, 2014

The highlight of Orientation week is the Matriculation Day. At the Matriculation Ceremony at Sprague Hall, President Peter Salovey and GSAS Dean Lynn Cooley officially welcome graduate students to the University. The Ceremony is followed by a reception hosted by the President and a picnic lunch in the tent in the HGS courtyard. Spouses, partners, children and parents are welcome to attend through lunchtime. After lunch, informational sessions required for New Students are held.

Orientation and Matriculation

At left: An earlier Matriculation Ceremony in Sprague Hall. At right: Reception and picnic in the HGS courtyard.

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