Grad Groups is Georgia Tech’s extended orientation program for new graduate students. Navigating the nuances of graduate school can be challenging, so don’t embark on this journey alone.
Our office sponsors Grad Groups to help incoming graduate students get acclimated to Georgia Tech. This program provides opportunities for networking with other new graduate students from across campus and exposure to valuable campus resources of which graduate students may not otherwise be aware. This program helps build the foundation for a successful graduate student experience.
Participants are organized into groups (sections) of about 16 students from a variety of degree programs, academic interests, and cultural backgrounds. Each group is led by a veteran graduate student “Group Leader.” This allows participants to tap into their Group Leader’s valuable experience and leverage that for their own success. (See the "Group Leaders" page linked in the menu on the left for the names and bios of our fall 2019 Group Leaders.)
For fall 2019, the Grad Groups program will be offered as a one-credit hour, pass-fail course* (GT8801) that runs during the first eight weeks of the fall semester. Groups will meet once per week August 19 – October 11 for the fall 2019 offering of Grad Groups. Once you register during Phase II course registration, you will be added to the program's Canvas site to access all the program material. During group meetings, you will discuss topics related to the weekly theme and will have plenty of time to get to know your group members and Group Leader.
The fall 2019 syllabus is linked in the menu on the left and includes more detailed information about the course.
*Pass-fail courses are not included in the calculation of your Georgia Tech GPA. Your GPA can't go down as a result of being in Grad Groups.
If you have any questions, please contact us using this form.