New Student Checklist

Welcome to Georgia Tech — we’re glad you’ve decided to join the graduate student community. To ensure a smooth transition to becoming part of our graduate student community, we recommend you complete the checklist items below by their completion dates.

Checklist for Fall 2022 Admitted Graduate Students

*TBD dates will be updated throughout the spring and summer semesters as they become available.

Recommended Completion Date

Checklist Item


Check your status. Visit Status-checking to see if you have any outstanding required documentation and to let us know you are accepting your offer of admission.


Get connected. Join the official Georgia Tech Graduate Student Facebook group at Feel free to ask questions in the group about campus, Atlanta, travel, life in the United States, etc.

(for international students)

Upon receipt of e-form link from OIE

Complete your I-20 request. Once you have been officially admitted to Tech by your department and verification by the Office of Graduate Education is complete, the graduate coordinator in your academic department will initiate the I-20 or DS-2019 form request in iStart on your behalf. After your academic department submits this request, you will receive an e-form link from to submit necessary information and documents. For more information about how to request your I-20 or DS-2019 form, please review OIE’s website:

As Soon As Possible

Verify Lawful Presence. In accordance with the University System of Georgia policy, all students must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. For more information, visit

As Soon As Possible

Activate your Georgia Tech account. Visit to start the process.

2-4 Weeks Prior to Arrival on Campus

Access your Georgia Tech email. Do not attempt access more than a month prior to arriving on campus. If it is 2 weeks prior to your arrival and you are till experiencing access issues, please request help via OIT (Office of Information Technology) at

As Soon As Possible

but no later than the 3rd Monday of the semester

Complete Two-Factor Authentication enrollment. Tech requires all students to enroll in Two-Factor Authentication to enhance the security of student accounts and online access to sensitive information. You can self-enroll through More information:

June 29

Register for the Institute Graduate OrientationGraduate Education hosts several Institute Graduate Orientation sessions for new students that provide an overview of resources available to you at Tech. For more information, visit Registration will open June 29.

July 1

Upload your BuzzCard PhotoYour BuzzCard student ID is your campus passport, library card, facilities access key, and can even be loaded with money to use at restaurants/dining halls across campus. Visit to start the process.

June 13 - Last names starting with A-H

June 27 - Last names starting with I-P

July 11 - Last names starting with Q-Z

Submit health and immunization informationAll students attending classes on campus are required to meet immunization and health requirements specified by the Board of Regents. Visit the Health Services website at to complete and upload the required forms. (You won’t be able to register for classes until this is finished.)

Before Arriving to Campus

Learn about GT6000 (Grad Groups). GT6000 is Georgia Tech’s extended orientation program for new graduate students matriculating to the Atlanta campus. Navigating the nuances of graduate school can be challenging, so don’t embark on this journey alone. Participants are organized into groups of about 16 students from a variety of degree programs, academic interests, and cultural backgrounds. Each group is led by a senior graduate student, which allows participants to tap into their group leader’s valuable experience and leverage that for their own success. You can register for GT6000 (Grad Groups) during course registration. Just pick a section that fits into your course schedule.

Before Arriving to Campus

Learn about the RCR training requirement. Some master’s and all doctoral students will need to complete online and/or in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Visit to learn more.

Before Arriving to Campus

Read over the Grad Guide. This is the document that will inform you of the policies and resources you need to know about as a new graduate student at Tech.  

Before Arriving to Campus

Review all of the resources. We've compiled a list of resources that are available to you ranging from information about child care to the Language Institute.  

Before Arriving to Campus

Review graduate sections of the catalog. This contains useful information about Tech, degree programs, and graduate policies and procedures. For more information, visit

Before Arriving to Campus (if applicable)

Purchase your parking permit. If you plan to park a car on campus, you’ll need a parking permit. For more information, visit the Office of Parking and Transportation Services website at

(for international students) 

Before Arriving to Campus

Start international student check-in process. Complete the first part of the International Student Check-In process online. More information at

(for international students) 

Upon Arrival to Campus

Complete international student check-in process. To have your OIE registration hold removed, complete the second part of the International Student Check-in after you arrive. If you experience any delays with your visa process or arrive late, make sure to inform your department and submit the information in the check-in e-forms in iStart. An OIE advisor will follow-up with you as needed. More information is available here:

Upon Arrival to Campus

Get your BuzzCard. The BuzzCard office is located on the second floor of Barnes and Noble at the corner of Spring Street and Fifth Street in Technology Square.

Aug. 9 - 18

Attend orientation sessions.  Upon arriving to campus, you should attend the Graduate Institute Orientation (GradIO) session for which you are registered. Your program may also hold an orientation that you should plan to attend.

Aug. 15-26

Register for classes. New graduate students will be able to register for classes during the Phase II registration window according to the Registrar's academic calendar ( You will have an assigned registration “time ticket” indicating the specific date/time your access to the registration system will begin. You will be able to continue to register and make schedule changes through 4 p.m. on the Friday of the first week of the semester (when registration closes for all students). To access online registration, go to the BuzzPort ( student tab. (This tab will appear before the start of the semester for new students). If there is something called a “hold,” you will not be allowed to register until you have submitted the missing information. Types of holds include Graduate Education or Lawful Presence (contact Graduate Education for information), Health (contact Health Services for information), SEVIS (contact the Office of International Education for more information), and Departmental (contact your home department). Before registering for classes, you should consult with your program of study to determine appropriate first-semester classes.

Aug. 17-19

Complete your GRA or GTA HR hiring process. If you are offered a graduate research assistantship (GRA) or graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) by your academic program, you’ll need to complete the hiring process through Human Resources before you start working. This process is called onboarding. Visit the GTHR student onboarding page to learn next steps.

Aug. 12

Complete Part 1 of Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students. Completion of this one-hour training is required for Atlanta campus students in order to register for classes in your second semester. To fulfill this training requirement, access the course via the portal at this link and use your Georgia Tech email address to sign in (e.g., Part 2 will open on Sept. 9 and must be completed by Oct. 7. Email with questions or concerns.
***Graduate Students in online degree programs are not required to complete this course. 

Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. Eastern

Pay all fees and tuition. This needs to be done after you register for classes. You will receive information about the status of your account from the Office of the Bursar via your Tech email account. The payment deadlines are provided at

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