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Welcome New GSAS Students!

The staff at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) are excited to welcome you to campus this fall! Please see the information below regarding orientations and welcome events, as well as other important campus resources. Be sure to check this page frequently, as it will be updated as more information becomes available.

Don’t forget to check out our Admitted Students Checklist for important information about registering for classes, obtaining your Student ID Card, completing required documents, and other pre-arrival tasks!

Orientations, Trainings and Welcome Events

Office of Graduate Affairs (OGA) Orientation (Optional)

The Office of Graduate Affairs (OGA) provides support services, resources, and programming for all graduate students (including students from the Brandeis International Business School, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies) at Brandeis. As part of their programming, the OGA hosts the Graduate Student Orientation. This comprehensive in-person orientation is optional but strongly recommended as it will prepare students for their first day of classes.

Date: Friday, August 23, 2024
Time: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Location: TBD
Registration: Register by August 5, 2024 (a link to register will be sent to your Brandeis email account in mid-July 2024)


Department Orientation (Most department orientations are required. Check with your Department Administrator for more information.)

Many departments will hold their own orientations in addition to the OGA Orientation. You will meet faculty and fellow students in these orientations and learn the departmental academic policies. Members of the GSAS staff will also attend these orientations to give you a brief overview of our services, programming, and professional development opportunities.

Information about Departmental Orientations will be sent directly by your program. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your department's Director of Graduate Study.

Teaching Assistant (TA) and Course Assistant (CA) Trainings (Mandatory for new TAs/CAs)

If you are a Teaching Assistant or Course Assistant, you must complete a series of asynchronous training sessions through a LATTE course at the beginning of your first semester in the role, as well as an additional synchronous training if you are an international student and have not received a previous degree in the United States. If you have any questions, please contact the OGA at

GSAS Ice Cream Social (Optional)

The GSAS is hosting an ice cream social to welcome new students to campus and give you a chance to meet GSAS faculty and returning students.

Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2024
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: Feldberg Lounge and Patio, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Contact: Becky Prigge, 

Onboarding Resources

GSAS Staff Directory by Subject

Get to know the GSAS staff and learn how we can assist you by visiting the Staff Directory by Subject. If we can't answer your question, we are happy to direct you to the person or office that can!

Graduate Student Housing

Brandeis does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students. To view an interactive database of available local rentals and a robust library of housing resources, please visit the Office of Graduate Affairs' Off-Campus Living website.

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