New Graduate Student Orientation

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New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is designed to set you up for success by providing you with helpful information and resources to enhance your academic experience at Texas State!

NGSO is a two-part experience. The first part is a Canvas course with online resources and videos to help you succeed in grad school. The second part is a meet and greet social event that you can attend in-person at the San Marcos or Round Rock campus.

Online Canvas Course

This online course provides a variety of tools and information to help you succeed right from the start.

In-Person Meet & Greet

The Graduate College hosts the New Graduate Student Orientation: Meet & Greet events on the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses.
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NGSO: Online Canvas Course

This course* provides a variety of tools and information to help you succeed right from the start. This information is designed to help you get comfortable with:

  • the culture and expectations of graduate school, including advice from graduate faculty
  • the San Marcos and Round Rock area
  • how to get started
  • making connections; getting support when you need it and building community

*Please note NGSO: Canvas is a guiding resource; you will not receive academic course credit for completing the course.


NGSO: In-Person Meet & Greet

The Graduate College is hosting the New Graduate Student Orientation: Meet & Greet events on the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses for all graduate students who began their programs during spring, summer, or fall 2022.

  • Browse university-wide student resources at the support services showcase and get your questions answered by representatives.
  • Meet new graduate students from programs across campus and the Deans and staff of The Graduate College.
  • Attend breakout sessions with valuable information for graduate student success.
  • Enjoy games and snacks, and enter to win raffle prizes including a Texas State Bookstore gift card and other swag!

Prizes

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Everyone who attends the Meet and Greet, will receive a Grad College t-shirt, a Grad College tote bag, a Grad College lanyard, and a Grad College pen. At the Meet and Greet, you will also have the chance to win the following prizes:

  • Gift cards to local restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping destinations.
  • Texas State and Grad College swag including hats, t-shirts, mugs, water bottles, and phone accessories.
  • A Grand Prize including:
    • A $100 gift card to the bookstore that can be used in-person or online.
    • $50 worth of gift cards local restaurants and on-campus dining.
    • $50 worth of Texas State and Grad College swag

If you have any questions, please review our Graduate Student Handbook or contact us at gradcollege@txstate.edu. We wish you the best as you embark on your graduate studies!

  If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact 512.245.2281 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.

  Texas State is a tobacco-free campus.