Spring Orientation

Spring Orientation will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.


You should plan to attend CGU Orientation regardless of your program. In addition, some departments and International Place (also known as I-Place, which supports international students) have mandatory orientation programs that start before CGU Orientation. When planning your first day to arrive on campus and begin your studies, be sure to check with your department on other required dates. For information on International Orientation visit cgu.edu/international-orientation.

About Orientation

Orientation is designed to familiarize you with important aspects of graduate life at Claremont Graduate University. Some events are intended for all new students, while others address specific needs and interests. We encourage you to see these events as opportunities to meet new people and learn more about your new environment.

It is highly encouraged that you stay for the whole orientation day. During orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with your school, sit in on breakout sessions tailored for graduate student success, and attend a resource fair filled with opportunities and resources for graduate students.

New Student Orientation is the first component of your graduate experience. Through the first year at CGU, you will have the opportunity to participate in a mix of academic events, cultural happenings, and discussions about campus issues. The programs are designed to get you talking and thinking about the big ideas you will face in your scholarship and life on campus.

All schools/departments will have orientations this week except for the Drucker School of Management, which will hold its orientation Saturday, August 24, 2019–Friday, August 30, 2019.

Drucker School of Management Fall Orientation 2019

Saturday, August 24, 2019–Friday, August 30, 2019

  • All management programs (full- and part-time MBA, MA in Management, MS in Marketing Analytics, MS in Finance, Executive Management programs)
  • Financial Engineering program

Breakout Sessions

During new student orientation, students will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions:

  • Financial Health in Graduate School
    What are the most common financial mistakes in graduate school, and how can you avoid them? Join us for this introductory workshop to learn from Kristal Gama, Director of Financial Aid, and Rachel Jimenez, Associate Director of Alumni Engagement, about what you can proactively do now to reduce your student loan debt and be set up for financial success when you graduate.
  • Navigating CGU
    Join Rachel Camacho and Keisha Chandler for an inspiring conversation on how to create a vision for your time here at CGU. You will be ready to start your first day with commencement day as your goal!
  • Online Resources (IT and Handshake)
    This session will provide you with information on how to access online resources and technology successfully during your academic career at CGU. The session will include information on how to access wireless on campus, email, and Qualtrics, as well as the Claremont Consortium’s job/internship portal, Handshake. Handshake is a powerful tool for you to customize your job/internship search and for industry recruiters to find the talent they need. If your profile is not properly optimized, you may be missing out on opportunities! In this workshop, you will gain insights into how you can create a professional Handshake profile; how to set-up your account to notify you of job/internship opportunities; and tips on how to get noticed by industry recruiters.
  • SEVIS Regulations
    Any international student currently on an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete a SEVIS Check-in with Heather Case, Assistant Director of Student Life & International Services. This session is open to F-1 or J-1 students who did not attend the New International Student & Scholar Orientation on August 16. Students who attend should bring their passport and visa.

Please check back on this page for additional information about upcoming Orientation events. For more information please contact admissions@cgu.edu.

International Students

CGU hosts an orientation session specific to international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa. This session is designed to introduce CGU’s policies, and services as it relates to international students. You will be given specific information on maintaining your immigration status and advice for adapting to a new culture. This session is required for all international students on an F-1 or J-1 visa.

Check out this page for further information about New International Student and Scholar Orientation and review our International Student Orientation Checklist.

CGU is firmly committed to providing experiences and environments that are equally welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly for all attendees. If you will require any special accommodations during Orientation, you will be able make these requests while filling out the registration form.