Fall Orientation

Due to current circumstances, CGU’s Fall 2020 New Student Orientation will be a fully online event. The program is scheduled across three consecutive days, beginning on Tuesday, August 25, through Thursday, August 27, 2020.

You should plan to attend CGU Orientation regardless of your program. As you plan to begin your studies, be sure to check with your department on other required dates. For information on International Orientation visit

About Orientation

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

It is highly encouraged that you attend as many sessions as possible. During orientation week, you will have the opportunity to meet with your school, and sit in on breakout sessions tailored for graduate student success.

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.

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

International Students

Fall International Orientation will take place on August 26, 2020.

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.

For further information about New International Student and Scholar Orientation, please 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 to make these requests while filling out the registration form.