August 28, 2023

As we prepare for autumn quarter, all incoming graduate students will receive a welcome message today that introduces them to U501, the online orientation for graduate and professional students. Produced by the UW Graduate School and updated yearly, U501 is a self-guided, online resource designed for graduate and professional students at all three campuses to help prepare them for their arrival at the UW.

You can direct your students to the entire orientation at In addition, you can include individual modules in your own orientations and materials. For example, some advisors ask their students to watch the “What a Staff Advisor Does” video prior to one-to-one meetings to make the most of their time together.

To direct students to individual modules, access U501 via Canvas using your UW NetID. Then, select individual modules using Canvas Commons, found on the bottom of the left purple navigation bar. You also can link to individual videos outside of Canvas through our Vimeo video library. To honor our agreed-upon terms and conditions with the people featured, please use these only for orientation purposes and include the full video (no clips).

Thank you for your continued support and participation as we provide an environment for students to thrive from day one at the UW.