New Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant Orientation

***Please note: if you would like to view the orientation materials from September, please email***

This year, fall orientation for new graduate students and teaching assistants will be delivered online in video format. You will be able to access the materials on Academic Orientation Day on September 8 and complete your orientation(s) at a time that is convenient to you.

Please register for the orientation session (and TA Orientation sessions, if you will be working as a TA during the fall term) using the form below. You will receive further information about how to access the Orientation materials shortly before Academic Orientation Day.

If you are a graduate student or teaching assistant new to your role in Fall 2020 it is strongly recommended that you attend orientation by watching the videos. The sessions will provide you with important information about starting your graduate studies and/or your role as a teaching assistant. You will have the opportunity to hear from members of the Graduate Students’ Association, CUPE 4600, and a variety of campus service representatives.

The TA Orientation session counts toward paid training hours for new teaching assistants who complete it.

If you have questions about Fall Orientation please contact David Lafferty at

International Graduate Student Orientation

If you are an international student, you should also complete one of the orientation sessions being offered by the International Student Services Office (ISSO). Please visit the ISSO’s orientation page for details. For information about other ISSO initiatives, please click here.

Graduate Students’ Association Welcome Weeks

The Graduate Students’ Association is hosting three weeks of inclusive and diverse events for new and returning graduate students at Carleton from September 9th to October 2nd, 2020. Grad Welcome Weeks are designed to provide a balance of social, academic, accessible, and family-friendly events. Find out more here.

Departmental Orientations

Your academic department, school, institute, or program may be offering a specific orientation for you and your incoming cohort. More information is available from your academic department, school, institute or program.