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 Graduate School.
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.
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 Orientation Events
New Student In-Person Orientation (with Zoom option for Online students)
Join the Graduate School for its annual orientation event in the Student Center, August 17, 3-5 pm!
During orientation you will meet the Graduate School’s staff, network with other graduate students at our reception that includes lots of free food, learn about key resources and policies for graduate students, and connect with more than 20 local and campus organizations including Open Door Health Services, Minnetrista, Muncie OUTreach, the Writing Center, the Black Graduate Student Association, and many, many more!
The Graduate School will also raffle off TONS of free swag including coffee mugs, water bottles, blankets, planners, and t-shirts. REGISTER HERE.
Watch the 2023 Graduate School Orientation Recording here.
Come explore Ball State's vibrant campus with the Graduate School on August 15, 4-4:30 pm!
Meet other graduate students, learn about Lucina, the Student Center, Bracken Library, the Atrium, David Owsley Museum of Art, and end at the Graduate Student Commons in West Quad for some free refreshments and BSU swag.
Join the Graduate Student Wellness Initiative for its annual welcome back picnic on Friday, August 25, 5-7 pm at the West Shelter on Ball State's campus.
Grab a sandwich, soda, and cookie and celebrate the beginning of the academic year by meeting the Graduate Student Wellness Initiative coordinators and other graduate students across campus.