For Admitted Students

2021 Graduate Student Orientation | Bohannon 90 (in person)

Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • 10am - 12:15pm new graduate students

  • 1 - 2pm GA Health Insurance Plan presentation and enrollment for first-time graduate assistants (GA/GTA/GRA) with qualifying appointments (25%+).

Check the detailed schedule for the sessions that apply to you. We will hold Orientation in a large room to give everyone plenty of space to spread out. Face coverings are required indoors in all University buildings and facilities.

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. The online orientation modules below are available anytime.

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

Fall 2021 Safe Campus Information

Visit this site for the latest information on COVID safety measures, vaccines, and fall semester classes.

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 prior to or immediately upon arrival to UMD, and may be required to take additional English language training. This year, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, speaking assessment is being conducted online. Please use the link above to schedule. Contact the Graduate Office ([email protected]) with any questions. 

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