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GSAS Orientation and Community

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  1. Attend New Student Orientation 
  2. Request Student ID Card
  3. Housing
  4. Connect with Graduate Student Association
  5. Join the Veteran Community
  6. Student Support and Professional Development at GSAS
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1. New Student Orientation

We have designed a Hybrid Fall 2021 GSAS New Student Orientation, developing a schedule of events that will deliver essential information to new graduate students through in-person and asynchronous components.

The in-person events will occur at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses to accommodate student needs, and the learning platform Blackboard will host the asynchronous portion.

All students who register for orientation will receive information, via email, about how to access both components of the program as the event nears.

In-person GSAS new student orientations will be held on:

  • Friday, August 27, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Rose Hill Campus
    ALL new GSAS students are invited to attend this comprehensive orientation session. We highly recommend that you attend to receive information on many offices that support student life at the university, including the GSAS Office for Student Professional Development, the Graduate Student Association, 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 31, 2021 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Lincoln Center Campus
    Tuesday’s session is geared towards international students and students who work full-time and/or are unable to attend the full-day session 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 session.

Additional information, including a full program schedule and invitation to register, is forthcoming via email.

We look forward to virtually welcoming you into our student community! Please direct questions to Christine Kelly, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, at studentgsas@fordham.edu

Please note: Dates for the spring 2022 orientation will be announced in fall 2021.

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2. Request Student ID Card

Fordham students have the option of obtaining either a Physical ID card or the Electronic ID (you can have only one of these ID types).

Begin by uploading a digital image of a wallet sized photo to the Photo ID Services channel, located on the New Student Tab via your Portal at my.fordham.edu.  There you will be asked to choose your preference of either the Physical ID card or Electronic ID.

For full instructions, visit this link.

Your ID will not be generated without a photograph, which will also delay access to entering campus, the library and other University resources.

If you need further assistance, kindly contact IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or email HelpIT@fordham.edu.

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3. Housing

While the Office of Residential Life offers some graduate housing in University-operated apartments, the majority of Fordham graduate students and faculty live off-campus in non-university housing.  

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4. Connect with Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a student government organization with two primary objectives. First, the GSA acts as a liaison between the student body and the GSAS administration. In keeping with the Jesuit notion of cura personalis, the GSA is here to advocate on your behalf in terms of both academic and non-academic concerns. Please visit our Graduate Student Association website for more information.

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5. Join the Veteran Community

Fordham University is extremely proud of its active military, veteran, and dependent community for all students who have served our country.  You are invited to connect with the Veteran Center and the Student Veterans of America at Fordham to join our military community and learn about the valuable resources available and upcoming events.  

Follow the SVAF on Facebook and Instagram.  Fordham has been ranked as a top Military-Friendly Yellow Ribbon University by Military Times for five consecutive years.    

You are invited to connect with the Veteran Center and the Student Veterans of America at Fordham to join our military community and learn about the valuable resources available and upcoming events.  

Follow the SVAF on Facebook and Instagram.

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6. Student Support and Professional Development at GSAS

GSAS is committed to enhancing the experience of graduate students across the arts and sciences through community building, supporting graduate student mental health and well-being, developing a culture of mentorship, and connecting students with professional development programs. As a GSAS student, you are encouraged to invest in career preparation through involvement with the GSAS Futures and Preparing Future Faculty programs. Contact studentgsas@fordham.edu for additional information.