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

Our orientation program is comprehensive—it is not mandatory but highly recommended. We created the Graduate School Orientation 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.


For All New On-Campus, Online, and International Graduate Students

As soon as you receive your Ball State username and password, you can log into our Online Orientation for Graduate Students.

You will be able to track your progress as you work your way through the orientation modules, such as how to register for courses or find your advisor. It’s full of information that you can always revisit when you need it—24/7.

The orientation is mobile friendly and will give you the information you need to start your classes with confidence.

Start Orientation

Orientation Reception and Resource Fair

The Graduate School will hold our Fall 2020 Orientation Reception for new Graduate Students on Thursday, August 20th, 2020.

Click here to watch a video of Dean Adam Beach's welcoming remarks for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Fall 2019 Welcoming Remarks

International Students

The University’s International Student Services office offers a separate, mandatory orientation for international students.

International students are also invited to participate in the Pre-arrival orientation and attend the orientation reception and resource fair.

Learn more about orientation for international students.