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Washington State University Graduate School

2018 Graduate School Orientation

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8:00 a.m. – check in and browse the resource fair
9:00 a.m. – Welcome from the Graduate School deans and Student Services staff
9:25 a.m. – Transportation
9:30 a.m. – Student financial aid, scholarships, and assistantships
10:00 a.m. – Your mentor and you
10:30 a.m. – break
10:45 a.m. – Cougar Health Services
11:10 a.m. – Professional Development
11:20 a.m. – Title IX
11:45 a.m. – Lunch and table Q&A
1:00 p.m. – Student conduct
1:20 p.m. –  Concurrent sessions: State residency and library tours for international and domestic WA state students
2:30 p.m. – Library tour for out-of-state domestic students
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – International students breakout sessions in Butch’s Den


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Living in Pullman

Pullman is located in the Palouse region of Washington State. As one of the most affordable Pac-12 schools, Pullman and surrounding areas offer a variety of outdoor recreational options, social events and entertainment, family-friendly events, four spectacular seasons, and the close-knit community of a small town. With University of Idaho located just 8 miles away in Moscow, the Pullman-Moscow area has something for everyone.

State Residency

It is important that you begin establishing residency within your first year at WSU to ensure your eligibility for in-state tuition. Establishing residency is more than just moving to the area for a year, and requires a series of steps for all out-of-state students. Watch the video below and click the links to the right to get started.

Finding a Mentor

Choosing a compatible mentor to guide you through your research and graduate education is critical in your academic success. We reached out to nominees and winners of GPSA’s Execellence Awards for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring to have a discussion with their graduate student mentees about building a productive, long-lasting relationship and staying on track during your graduate career.

Student Conduct

The Student Conduct Office and The Graduate School are here to support you in ensuring your academic freedom and integrity. We’ve prepared a video with the Director of Student Conduct as well as important links on the policies and procedures covered in The Graduate Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, as well as WSU’s Student Conduct Code.

Title IX, ADA & Campus Resources

The Graduate School has partnered with the Office for Equal Opportunity to provide an overview of how Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and WSU’s Executive Policies affect graduate students in their roles as students and graduate assistants. The OEO offers online and in-person training to graduate students and departments to ensure compliance with these policies. Additionally, there are a number of resource centers on campus to support you through your graduate education.

Health Care and Graduate Student Wellness

WSU’s Health and Wellness Services offers a medical clinic, vision clinic, pharmacy, and counseling to all students. Additionally, graduate assistants may be eligible for Graduate Student Health Insurance. We’ve assembled a list of excellent resources to assist you in maintaining your health during your graduate career, as well as tips from current graduate students to promote mental and physical well-being during your journey though graduate education.


Make your commute to campus a breeze! In partnership with Pullman Transit, all WSU students ride for free just by showing your CougarCard. WSU’s rideshare programs and vanpools can also make getting to campus is easy and affordable. Additionally, on-campus parking is available on a first come, first served basis with tiered pricing on annual permits.