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

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 for life in our community.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Graduate Student Orientation

Spring 2024

Wednesday, January 17, 2024- mark the date on your calendar!

Graduate students beginning their first semester in the Spring 2024, are invited to join us for a general graduate orientation January 17, 2024 in the STEPS building (1 West Packer Avenue), Room 101. Time is to be determined 

Registration is requested. Sign up coming soon to register for the Spring 2024 Orientation!

A Free light breakfast and beverages will be provided at the Orientation. Free giveaways too!

The departments that you will be hearing from at orientation can include: Graduate Life Office, Library & Technology Services, Graduate Writers' Studio/Writing Support, Center for Career & Professional Development, Graduate Student Senate, Couseling/Health & Wellness Center, Lehigh Police/Campus Safety.

In addition to General Orientation, if you are a TA you will need to complete TA Training. If you'll be working in a lab, you will need to complete Lab Safety Training. Date/times to be determined. See the drop down bars below for more information on both.




Important Trainings

Teacher Assistant Training

Information regarding TA training will be available in the near future. If you are a new student starting Spring of 2024 and have been awarded a Teaching Assistantship, please stay tuned for future information regarding TA Training.

We encourage all those working as a TA at Lehigh to sign up for Teacher Development. Registration for Teacher Development for the Spring of 2024 will become available in approximately December, 2023. The Teacher Development Series is held every other Thursday in both Fall and Spring semesters. Teacher Development is a free five or six part series specifically designed for graduate students to develop teaching and classroom skills. 

Lab Safety Training

Lab Safety Training is available for those graduate students who will be working in a physical Lehigh laboratory.  This training is mandatory for those students.  The date and time for Lab Safety Training for Spring of 2024 to be determined.


Important Requirements:

1-Covid 19 Vaccine and Booster -  COVID vaccines and booster will be required for all Lehigh graduate students participating in on-campus programs and activities. Please click here for the latest updates about requirements. All students accessing campus will be subject to this requirement and must complete their final dose of an approved COVID vaccine at least 14 days prior to their planned return to campus. This requirement does not apply to students participating in programs that are fully online or which never meet on campus. If you have not yet done so, please upload a copy of your COVID vaccination card on the HWC health portal as soon as possible.  If you have any individual questions about your vaccination status or personal health situation, please send the Health and Wellness Center a secure message through the Health Center portal. This is preferable to email and will help facilitate a prompt response. For other questions about accommodations, you can also contact the Disability Support Services office.

2-Meningitis Vaccine - 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).

3-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.

4-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 see the signup link above for Lab Safety Training.

5-Teaching Assistant Training-If you have been awarded a teaching assistant position, your department will require this training.  Teacher assitant training is required for those who have been awarded a teacher assisitant position. More information to follow, regarding registration and date.

6-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."

7-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.

8-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.