UW Graduate School

U501: Graduate School Orientation

University 501 (U501) is a self-guided, online resource designed for graduate and professional students at all three campuses and is intended to help prepare you for your arrival to and start at the University of Washington.

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U501 is open to all incoming and current graduate students with a valid NetID and is divided into five (5) modules, which you can access any time from anywhere with an internet connection.

  • You may start and stop the modules at any point and continue where you stopped at any time.
  • Each module is made up of several pages with videos, written content, and links to get more information.
  • In order to assess how well this orientation is meeting your needs, there will be a brief anonymous survey at the end of each module.

Module Structure

  • Module 1: Welcome! So, What Exactly is Graduate Education?
  • Module 2: Preparing for Arrival (Location, Location, Location)
  • Module 3: Nuts & Bolts of Being a Student
  • Module 4: Finding Support When You Need It
  • Module 5: Taking Care of You

Access U501 any time at grad.uw.edu/u501.