New Student Information


The schedule of events on this page represents current plans and is subject to change.

Like many universities, Emory is currently collecting and analyzing information to determine how best to conduct teaching and learning during fall term, with full attention to public health guidance, the safety of the whole community, and academic excellence. 

As plans develop and decisions are made, this page will be updated.

Welcome to Emory and the Laney Graduate School!  We are pleased that you have chosen us for the next step in your education, and we look forward to welcoming you to our campus in August.

Between now and then, there are a number of important issues for you to attend to. Click on a topic below to get started.

Important Dates

Below are some important dates and information for you to remember as you begin planning your journey at Emory. 

New Student Orientation – August 14

All new students need to attend the LGS Orientation on August 14. This is also where you will complete your Form I-9. Orientation will begin in the morning, with breakfast at 8 am.  Location TBA.

International Student Orientation – August 14

International students are required to attend International Student orientation. This orientation follows the New Student Orientation.  Details TBA. 

Visit Emory's International Students and Scholars website for more information about international student enrollment and services.

If English Is Not Your First Language

You will need to do an English language assessment. Dates vary by program, and you will soon receive information about your testing date. Visit the LGS English Language Support Program to learn more about ESL services at LGS.

JPE 600 – August 19

All first-year students, including all international students, are required to attend.  The JPE program lasts all day, 9 am - 5 pm, and meals will be served.  Details TBA.

Fall Term Classes Begin – August 26

Congratulations! Your journey at Emory officially kicks off as the new term gets going!

Always Check with Your Program!

Some programs have their own orientation sessions or other events for new students, so make sure you stay in contact with your program.

Student Support Services

For information about various offices across campus that provide student support services, such as counseling and health services, information technology, parking, transportation, and many others, please see our Student Support Services page.  Here are links to information that is commonly sought by new students: