To help new students make the transition to graduate student life at Ball State, the Graduate School hosts several orientation events to supplement your academic department’s orientation.

Our orientation program is comprehensive; it’s not mandatory but highly recommended. We created the Graduate School Orientation designed to provide information just when you need it. We also have resources, intended for both our online and on-campus students, with helpful information prior to starting your academic journey.

Connect Guide

Review our 2015-2016 Connect Guide for more information about selected student policies, offices on campus, and available resources.

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Pre-arrival Orientation Webinar

Prior to fall semester, we host the Pre-arrival Orientation Webinar with many resources to help you as you prepare for graduate school. Students have the option to register for the session or view the most recent recording.

On-Campus Orientation

On-campus orientation brings together incoming graduate students from a variety of disciplines and provides key information on topics such as campus and community resources, campus health services and health insurance, and life at Ball State from a graduate student perspective.

These events are a great way to meet graduate students from outside your department and gather some valuable information.

We also invite online-only students to attend this festive on-campus event.

The session also includes the Graduate Student Mixer at The Caffeinery in downtown Muncie.

Online and Distance Education Students

The university’s Division of Online and Distance Education also offers orientation services for online students. The on-campus orientation is supplemental to this online version.

International Students

The university’s International Student Services office offers a separate, mandatory orientation for international students. International students are also invited to attend the on-campus orientation.