New students at Tech Week of Welcome

Welcome, Yellow Jackets!

We are thrilled that you have decided to join the Tech community. To ensure a smooth transition to Tech, please complete the checklist items below by their completion dates.

Checklist for Fall 2024 Admitted Graduate Students

*TBD dates will be updated as they become available.

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As Soon As Possible

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NowCheck your status in the Application Status Portal to see if you have any outstanding required documentation and to let us know you are accepting your offer of admission.

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Investigate housing options. Once your admission is verified and finalized by the Office of Graduate Education, you may apply for on-campus housing in our Graduate and Family Housing community. 

Note: on-campus housing is not required and not guaranteed for any student. On-campus housing fills up quickly however you may join the waitlist. For those seeking off-campus housing, check out the Off-Campus Housing site. In addition, here is information from the Office of International Education on Housing on Campus and Around GT.  

(for international students)

Upon receipt of e-form link from Office of International Education (OIE)

Complete your I-20 request. Once you have been officially admitted to Tech by your department and the Office of Graduate Education has completed your verification, 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 New Student Arrival Guide.
As Soon As PossibleVerify Lawful Presence. In accordance with University System of Georgia policy, all students must verify their lawful presence in the United States prior to enrollment. If you did not upload an approved citizenship document with your admission application, please upload one to your Application Status Portal now. You can also use the portal to check if we already have your document.
As Soon As PossibleActivate your Georgia Tech account by visiting
As Soon As Possible but no later than the 3rd Monday of the semesterEnroll in Two-Factor Authentication. 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 Passport.

Last names beginning with A - H: June 10

Last names beginning with I - P: June 24

Last names beginning with Q- Z: July 8

Submit health and immunization information. All students attending classes on campus are required to meet immunization and health requirements specified by the Board of Regents. Visit the Health Services website to complete and upload the required forms. You won’t be able to register for classes until this is finished.
June 28

Upload your BuzzCard Photo (On-Campus Students, optional for online students). Your 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. 

Online students are not required to get a BuzzCard. U.S. and Canada online students can order one for $30.

Once you arrive on campus you can pick up your BuzzCard. The BuzzCard office is located at the Pavilion, 460 4th St NW, Building #216, Atlanta, GA 30332.

Before the First Day of Class

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July 24Register for the Graduate Institute Orientation. Graduate Education hosts several Graduate Institute Orientation sessions for new students that provide an overview of resources available to you at Tech. Fall 2024 registration will open June 26.
Two to four weeks prior to first day of classAccess your Georgia Tech email. Do not attempt access more than one month prior to arriving on campus. If it is two weeks prior to your arrival and you are still experiencing access issues, please request help via Office of Information Technology.
Before first day of classLearn 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. 
Before first day of classRead over the Grad Guide. The Graduate Student Guidebook informs you of the policies and resources you need to k now about as a new graduate student at Tech. 
Before first day of classReview student life resources. We have compiled a list of Student Life resources ranging from information about childcare to health and wellness.
Before first day of classReview graduate sections of the catalog. This contains useful information about Tech, degree programs, and graduate policies and procedures. .
Before first day of class (if applicable)Purchase your parking permit. If you plan to park a car on campus, you will need a parking permit. 

(for international students)

Before arriving to campus

Start international student check-in processComplete the first part of the International Student Check-In process online.

August Deadlines

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(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.


August 6 at 9 a.m.

August 8 at 2 p.m.

August 9 at 10 a.m.

August 13 at 11 a.m.


August 15 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. 


Attend orientation sessions. 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.
August 12 through August 23

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 and 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.
  • 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)
    • Departmental (contact your home department)
  • Before registering for classes, you should consult with your program of study to determine appropriate first-semester classes.
August 14 - 16Complete 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 will need to complete the hiring onboarding process through human resources before you start working. 
August 19Attend first day of class.
August 19

Complete Part 1 of Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students. Completion of this one-hour training, which will open on July 15, 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 and use your Georgia Tech email address to sign in (e.g., Email with questions or concerns.

Graduate students in online degree programs are not required to complete this course.

August 26 at 4 p.m. EasternPay 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 on the Bursar website.