Students walking on the first day of Fall classes

Graduate students are a vital part of our academic community. Their success and engagement at Ball State are among our highest priorities — and it all starts before enrolling in classes or arriving on campus.

To help new students transition to graduate student life at Ball State, the Graduate School puts together orientation resources to supplement your academic department’s orientation. We also have resources intended for both our online and on-campus students.

If you have any questions, please contact the Associate Dean of the Graduate School Stephanie Simon-Dack.

Visit our Digital Orientation Website

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

As soon as you receive your Ball State username and password, you can log into our digital 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 and how to find your advisor. It’s full of information that you can always revisit when you need it — 24/7. 

Start Orientation 

Additional Orientation for 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.

Graduate Student Live Orientation Events

Recorded Online Welcome via Zoom

You can view Dr. Adam Beach, Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Stephanie Simon-Dack, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and Dr. Robin Phelps-Ward, Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence for the Graduate School as they welcome you and your fellow graduate students to Ball State. Sessions were held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and Thursday, August 19, 2021. If you would like to view the recorded opening remarks from the first half of the session, please visit here

On-Campus Tour and Picnic

Students were join by their fellow graduate student peers for a tour on campus that highlighted graduate student spaces. After the tour they were invited to a welcome picnic in the Quad. We were able to host four separate tour sessions for our incoming graduate students. 

Live Online Workshops via Zoom

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: REGISTER HERE

Research Ethics and Navigating the IRB as a Graduate Student.  This session will be co-led by Dr. Thomas Holtgraves, Professor of Psychological Science, and Sena Lim, Human Research Protection Program Manager.  Session goals will include:

  • Learning to identify and navigate appropriate research ethics as a graduate student researcher
  • Learning to understand the expectations around academic and research honesty
  • Learning the Institutional Review Board guidelines and expectations for submitting your research project for review 

Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM: REGISTER HERE

Set Yourself Up for Success: Managing Conflict with Peers and Supervisors.  This session is led by Mary Moore, Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies.  Session goals will include:

  • Learning to embrace conflict as productive and necessary
  • Learning your default conflict style and strategies to de-escalate for positive outcomes
  • Learning approaches and strategies for resolving conflict with other graduate students and faculty supervisors