Graduate Student Orientation

Each fall, the Graduate School presents an orientation designed specifically for new graduate students. This year's university-wide New Graduate Student Orientation will be held in-person on Friday, August 23, 2024 in Hogg Auditorium and Texas Union. 

Check-in and breakfast began at 8 a.m. and the first session at 9 a.m. This event is in addition to your department orientation. 

Check out our pre-arrival information below and join our Graduate School Orientation Resources Canvas page to make sure you are ready for graduate school, orientation and classes.

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and need accommodations, you will indicate that when you register for orientation. You may indicate the need for the following accommodations: 

  • Interpreting or captioning services 
  • Accessible copies of orientation materials

How to Register with D&A

Learn more about how to arrange accommodations during the academic year.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Learn more about our programs for students with disabilities at UT Austin.

Pre-Arrival Checklist 

Get ready for orientation and classes by completing these steps. Take note—more than a few of them are required to access university technology. Please check with your Graduate Coordinator to see if your department requires anything additional.

Review Schedule Information

UT Orientation Schedule for 2024

Review the Fall 2024 Orientation Schedule now, or download the mobile app to have it directly on your phone.

Set up Duo Authentication

Setting up DUO

In an effort to increase security, multi-factor authentication (Duo) will be required to access most online services that require a UT EID login.

  1. Once downloaded, click on link above.
  2. Log in using your UT EID and password.
  3. Follow the instructions to register your device.
  4. Download the Duo Mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to your device.
  5. When asked to pair your device using the Duo Mobile app, you can use either a QR code or code, both are provided during the registration process.

After DUO is set up, you will have access to Zoom as well as other UT online services. 

Duo Help from ITS

You can learn more about how to set up DUO here or visit the IT@UT website for more information.

Specify an Email Account in UTMail


UTMail is a branded G Suite service that provides eligible members of the University of Texas at Austin community with a University-affiliated email address. Click the link above to get a UT email account.

Check Your Email Address

You will be receiving lots of emails from the university, so check to make sure the email address you have listed is still the correct one. You should update your email address to one you will have access to throughout the summer.

Steps to Update Your Email Address

  1. Go to at the link above 
  2. On the left-hand side, click on 'PERSONAL INFO' 
  3. From the drop-down menu, click 'My Addresses' 
  4. In the section labeled 'Student Records - Email Address', change email here 
  5. Once new email is entered, click on 'Update This Address' in this section.

Set Up UTexas Zoom Account

Download Zoom

You will need an official UTexas Zoom account. Follow the link above to set up Zoom on your mobile device or computer.

Some students experience trouble when trying to create their UTZoom account. If you have a personal account in Zoom, it automatically logs you into your personal account. If you encounter this, then you will need to click on your profile in Zoom, scroll down under the "Options" and select "Switch Account" to successfully set your UTZoom.

Past Presentations

Graduate Student Services

Learn more about graduate student services like the role of graduate coordinators, how to access help from University Ombuds and student emergency services.

Resources for Student Parents and Caregivers

Helpful tips and resources for students balancing school and caregiving responsibilities.

Graduate Student Assembly Presentation

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the official representative body for graduate students.

First Generation Student Presentation

Read more about our campus-wide commitment to first-generation students.