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GSAS New Student Orientation

Exterior view of Keating Hall

Welcome to Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS)! We are so pleased you will be joining us as an incoming graduate student in August.

The in-person events will occur at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses to accommodate student needs.

At new student orientation, staff members and fellow students from several Arts and Sciences programs will introduce you to resources, programs and services that will help you make the most of your Fordham experience.

Registration is required

Please save the date(s) and know that additional information is forthcoming, including the opportunity to register for orientation events. Stay tuned in the coming weeks!

Graduate student orientations will be held in-person on:

  • Friday, August 26, 2022 | Rose Hill Campus 
    Morning session - 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Afternoon session - 2 - 5 p.m.

    ALL new GSAS students are invited to attend this comprehensive orientation session. There will be an option to attend the morning session or the afternoon session. Between the morning and afternoon sessions there will be lunch provided and campus tours. We highly recommend that you attend the morning or afternoon session to receive information on many offices that support student life at the university, including the GSAS Office for Student Professional Development, the Graduate Student Council, Career Services, Fordham Libraries, Counseling and Psychological Services, and more. You will also have an opportunity to mingle with faculty members and to meet peers in your program cohorts. If you attend the orientation session at Lincoln Center you are NOT required to attend orientation at Rose Hill, but it is recommended that you also attend the Rose Hill session.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | Lincoln Center Campus 
    5 – 8 p.m.
    Fordham Law School entrance from Robert Moses Plaza at Lincoln Center campus
    Tuesday’s session is geared towards students who are unable to attend the sessions at Rose Hill.  You will receive an introduction to GSAS staff, an overview of GSAS resources, and an opportunity to learn more about several student-facing support services at the University.

    For international students: Current international students will discuss their experience transitioning to life at Fordham and the United States via one of two panels featuring current students who will dialogue with new students regarding their experience in graduate school alongside their life in the New York City metropolitan region and the United States more broadly. The Lincoln Center orientation program will feature a panel specific to international students’ experiences; international students will also be available to engage with students at the Rose Hill orientation sessions.

Finally, we encourage you to visit our New Admitted Students web page, a centralized hub of information just for new GSAS students. There you will find information on everything from housing options to course registration to community resources. 

We look forward to welcoming you into our student community! Please direct questions to Chelsea Smith, Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, at

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

To ensure the health and safety of the community, the university requires all students taking in-person classes, living in Fordham University housing, or entering the campus for any reason to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the opening of the fall 2022 semester.

Students must upload their vaccine records by August 1. Students living in university housing must be vaccinated by the start of the second summer session.

How to submit your vaccine record:

  1. Have your health care provider complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Record. OR
  2. Upload your vaccine records to the Student Health portal found in the My Apps tab on

Please visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement page for more details.