New Student Information

August 14 New Student Orientation

All new students must attend.  The following two weeks have a number of activities planned, and then fall semester begins on August 26, 2020.

Welcome to Emory and the Laney Graduate School!  We are pleased that you have chosen Emory and the Laney Graduate School for the next step in your education, and we look forward to welcoming you to our campus in August.

Between now and then, there are a number of important issues for you to attend to. Click on a topic below to get started.

Important Dates

Below are some important dates and information for you to remember as you begin planning your journey at Emory. 

New Student Orientation – August 14

All new students need to attend the LGS Orientation on August 14. This is also where you will complete your Form I-9.

Centennial Scholars Dinner – August 17

  • 5pm - 7pm
  • Carlos Museum-Akerman Hall

International Student Orientation – August 14

International students are required to attend International Student orientation on August 15. Visit Emory's International Students and Scholars website for more information about international student enrollment and services.

  • 8 am – 2 pm (Breakfast and lunch included)
  • TBA

If English Is Not Your First Language

You will need to do an English language assessment. Dates vary by program, and you will soon receive information about your testing date. Visit the LGS English Language Support Program to learn more about ESL services at LGS.

JPE 600 – August 19

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

  • 9 am – 5 pm (Meals included)
  • TBA

Laney Graduate School Welcome Picnic – TBA

The Welcome Picnic is a great opportunity for you to begin building relationships with other graduate students and with faculty and staff with whom you will work during your graduate studies at Emory. 

  • 5pm–7pm
  • Math & Science Atrium

New Classes Begin – August 26

Congratulations! Your journey at Emory officially kicks off as the new term gets going!

Always Check with Your Program!

Some programs have their own orientation sessions or other events for new students, so make sure you stay in contact with your program.

Student Support Services

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: