The Office of Graduate Studies hosts the New Graduate Student Orientation annually. The event offers workshops and networking opportunities with the faculty. Orientation provides an opportunity for ALL graduate students to better familiarize themselves with graduate school support and resources at CSU Fullerton.
Aimed at preparing students to handle academic rigors, workshops focus on funding, policies, and procedures. Regarding funding, many graduate students are surprised to learn of the various funding sources offered throughout campus in the form of fellowships, grants, and graduate assistantships, as well as grant opportunities through various foundations.
More importantly, the orientation workshops also provided information on understanding university policies and procedures for a timely completion of one’s graduate program.
Other resources that provide support to graduate students include academic assistance in writing, writing workshops, and counseling services specifically tailored to graduate student needs.
Another component of this event involves capturing the student experience though the faculty panel workshop which gives incoming students a chance to hear firsthand accounts of what graduate school life is like, from the professors’ perspective. Other workshops cover strategies for balancing multiple responsibilities such as work and family while attending graduate school and time management to help students keep their focus.
The purpose of this orientation is to provide incoming students information of the plethora of resources and opportunities offered at CSUF and to provide a road map to survive the challenges they may face in undertaking a graduate program.