The Graduate School holds an Orientation and Information Fair for all incoming graduate students in the Fall semester. Orientation is an opportunity for students to learn about key components of their graduate education experience from Dean Grasso, members of the Graduate School staff, and representatives of key campus units.


The following information should be helpful to you as you plan your move to Athens and the University of Georgia. The "to-do list" is divided into two sections— the Fall Departmental Orientation and MPA Socialization Seminar and the Spring Departmental Orientation.

Fall Departmental Orientation and MPA Socialization Seminar

MPA students are required to attend all sessions, and will receive 1 hour of academic credit in Fall semester, required for graduation. Attendance will be taken at all scheduled events. The MPA Socialization Seminar is a three-day event structured to orient new students to the MPA program, Department, University, and Athens community. The schedule for Fall 2016 Socialization is available here.

PhD students only need to attend the sessions specified on the schedule. If you would like to attend other events, please let Dr. Edward Kellough know. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Dr. Edward Kellough.

Spring Departmental Orientation

MPA Students beginning the program in the spring should plan to attend a brief orientation session. For more information please email

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J. Edward Kellough


Office: 203A Baldwin Hall

Phone: 706-542-0488

Fax: 706-583-0610