Graduate Student Orientation

Spring Graduate OrientationTo increase your chance of successful graduate study, The Graduate School conducts a special orientation for new graduate students. Mark your calendar for  

The MANDATORY New Graduate Student Orientation

Monday, August 25, 2014

in the Christopher Center Community Room 
from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. 

For further details, please contact the Grad office  
by email  at or by phone at 219.464.5313

This orientation includes distribution of relevant University and Graduate School publications and will help you make a smooth transition to graduate study by ensuring that you have all the necessary tools (student ID, library access, computer account, email, application for candidacy, etc.). Included is a dinner where you will have the opportunity to meet and greet faculty and other students in your program.

IMPORTANT: All new graduate students including those who have completed undergraduate study at VU must attend this orientation.

Please confirm your attendance with The Graduate School & Continuing Education Office by Friday, August 22, 2014 at 219.464.5313, or by clicking here.

NOTE: Students in the MBA & MEM programs DO NOT need to attend this Orientation.  If you have any questions, please contact the MBA Office at (219) 465-7952 or

For more information about resources to help you with your transition to VU, please check out the following website: Graduate School Student Resources. For a listing of housing options in Valparaiso, click here to view our housing listing.

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Orientation Itinerary
Date Monday, August 25, 2014
Time 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (4:30 Check-in)
Location Community Room of the Christopher Center Library
Confirm by Friday August 22, 2014
 To Be Completed Before Orientation
  Obtain your Student Photo ID:
For students who do not currently have a VU student ID, pictures will be taken for student ID cards at the One Card Office. For times of operation, please contact the One Card Office at 219.464.5131 or visit You will receive your ID card after a short wait or at orientation. You MUST be registered for courses in order to obtain your student ID.

Obtain your Parking Stickers:

Parking stickers may be obtained at the VU Police Department anytime during the first week of classes. They are open 24 hours a day for your convenience. You will be required to have your vehicle registration with you, and the cost of the sticker will be $110 for the 2012-2013 (Note: 2013-2014 price may increase) year. For additional information, please visit

Itinerary of Sessions

The following three sessions are each an hour long and will be done on a rotating basis based on academic programs.  The program (first session) will start at 5 pm.

Welcome and VU Policies and Services
This session advises you about various policies and procedures important for successful graduate study. It informs you of your rights and responsibilities as a graduate student at VU, and tells you where and how to resolve problems. In addition, opportunities for enhanced professional success and personal enrichment are covered. Important University publications and resource directories will be distributed during this session.

Dinner with faculty and students
During this session you will complete your application for candidacy (for MALS, ICP and SA students only).You will also meet faculty and fellow students in your program over dinner. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, network with other students, and meet your professors.

Introduction to Library and Computer Services
During this session, you are provided with hands-on experience regarding the learning and information resources available through the library, particularly those relevant to graduate study. In addition, using your VU username and password (provided at the session), you will log onto the computer network system and briefly learn about how to access software such as Word and Excel, to use your email account, access the web and to use DataVU and Course VU.