Lehigh Graduate Orientation

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Graduate Orientation
Graduate Orientation is held twice a year: Fall and Spring
New Graduate Student General Orientation will be held virtually!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Lehigh!  The Graduate Education and Life office is here to assist you with any student life concerns by providing you infomation, referrals, advice, and consultation.  Please take a look at the Graduate Student Resource Book, as well as other material on this website to help you prepare to move to and life in our community.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.  Due to COVID-19, orientation will continue to be held in a virtual format. On this website, you will find videos for you to watch to orient you to Lehigh's campus. 

Important Trainings

Teacher Assistant Training

TA Training videos are available for those graduate students who will be working for Lehigh as a teaching assistant. 

Lab Safety Training

Lab Safety Training video is available for those graduate students who will be working in a physical Lehigh laboratory.  This training is mandatory for those students.

Important Requirements:

1- Pennsylvania State Law requires that students living in university housing either (1) obtain a meningitis vaccine or (2) fill out a declination form.  You may obtain the vaccine at the Health Center for a fee.  Lehigh's injury and sickness insurance does not cover this fee because the insurance does not cover preventative medicine.  Medically, only college freshman living in dormitories are at an increased risk, so graduate students may feel comfortable choosing to waive the menigococcal vaccine.  If you do not want the vaccine, you may waive it by completing the declination form.  The form is available at the Health and Wellness Center, Johnson Hall.  This law does not apply to students living off-campus.  Please address questions and comments directly to the Helath Center (610-758-3870).

2- Mandatory Health Information- Please make sure to complete all necessary forms regarding health infomation.  Check out the requirements at http://www.lehigh.edu/health or call the Student Health Center at 610-758-3870.

3- Lab Safety Training- You must go through this training if you will be working in a lab.  You will not be allowed in the lab until the training is complete.  Please consult the schedule in your orientation packet for time and location.

4-Teaching Assistant Training-If you have been awarded a teaching assistant position, your department will require this training.  Teacher assitant videos are available for those who have been awarded a teacher assisitant position.  Please watch the current TA Video series, write a brief summary of each session (4), include your name, department and email to gradlife@lehigh.edu.

5-Lehigh Computing Account- New graduate students must establish their Lehigh computing account through the Lehigh graduate application at http://applywebcom.lehighg.  Click on View your Decision Letter and follow the link under "Next Steps."

6-ID Cards- Your Lehigh ID provides you with access to several important services, such as access to buildings, a GoldPLUS account, athletic facilities and events, bookstore discounts, and library borrowing.  Your ID card identifies you as a member of the Lehigh University Commuity.  Your Lehigh ID car should be treated with care.  Please do not punch holes in your ID card.  Please go to http://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/content/id-office to get your ID card.

7-International Students- If you are a TA, you may need to take and pass the TOPSS test or an OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview). Please contact your department Coordinator for more information. International student should check out this website, https://global.lehigh.edu/icape/topss-testing-services, for information about TOPSS and other testing services.