New Student Information

Welcome to Emory and the Laney Graduate School!

Emory's plans for fall 2020 have been announced and are available on the Emory Forward website. Click on the links below for important resources and dates for the start of fall term. As LGS plans continue to develop, this page will be updated with the latest information for new students.

For new Laney Graduate School students, here are some crucial dates about the start of fall term:

  • New student activities start on August 10.
    • LGS new student activities will be fully online (dates and details are below).
    • Program orientation activities may include in-person activities.
  • Classes start on August 19.
  • PhD students: the in-person component of the Form I-9 Section 2 process must be completed no later than August 19. You will receive detailed instructions by email.

Between now and the start of the fall term, there are a number of important for new students to complete. Click on a topic below to learn more and get started.


Time (EDT)




Monday, August 10

9:15 AM -10:15 AM


International Student Orientation

New International Students

International students are required to attend International Student orientation. Details TBA. 

Visit Emory's International Students and Scholars website for more information about international student enrollment and services.

Monday, August 10

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


LGS New Student Orientation

New Master’s and PhD students

Welcome for the Laney Graduate School highlighting important programs, initiatives, and events.

Monday, August 10

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Centennial Scholars Celebration

Recipients of the Centennial Scholars fellowship

This is a celebration for the recipients of the Centennial Scholars fellowship.

Tuesday, August 11

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

JPE 600 sessions

New PhD students

All first-year PhD students, including all international students, are required to attend.

Wednesday, August 12

Activities Vary

TATTO 600 sessions

PhD students who are enrolled in TATTO, and this includes some new students

Some new students are enrolled in TATTO and required to attend. If you are unsure of whether you should attend, contact your program. Additional information is forthcoming.

Thursday, August 13

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

TATTO 600 sessions

PhD students who are enrolled in TATTO, and this includes some new students

Monday, August 17

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Women in Natural Sciences Fellowship Scholars (WiNS)

Recipients of the Women in Natural Sciences fellowship

This is a celebration for recipients of the Women in Natural Sciences fellowship.

Tuesday, August 18

5:00 - 6:00 PM


Virtual LGS Welcome Picnic

Varies (starting August 3)


ELSP language assessments

New students whose first language is not English

You will need to do an English language assessment.  The assessment is online, and the ELSP program will contact students to arrange individual sessions.  Sessions may start as early as August 3.  Visit the LGS English Language Support Program to learn more about ESL services at LGS.

Wednesday, August 19

Classes Begin

All Students

 The Fall 2020 term begins!

Wednesday, September 2

5:00 - 6:30 PM


International Student Reception

 International Students

For information about various offices across campus that provide student support services, such as counseling and health services, information technology, parking, transportation, and many others, please see our Student Support Services page.  Here are links to information that is commonly sought by new students: