New Graduate Student Welcome Brunch

The New Residential Graduate Student Welcome Brunch is an event for all new resident graduate students as an introduction to The Graduate School at Liberty University. The event offers a unique opportunity for new students to meet their professors, program directors, administration, peers, and student service departments such as Financial Aid, Student Affairs, and more. This is a mandatory event for all new resident graduate students.

The Welcome Brunch consists of a Meet & Greet with faculty from a variety of departments, an introduction from Dr. Douglas Mann, the Dean of The Graduate School, and keynote University speakers to inform our new students about what to expect during their time at Liberty University with tips on how to succeed as a graduate student. New students will also have the chance to build relationships with and ask questions of The Graduate School faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided.

We look forward to meeting all of our new students!

If you have any questions please contact Dana Wheeler at

Campus Map

Additional infromation that will be handed out during orientation:

*Parking will be available in the bookstore parking lot across from Williams Stadium

Graduate Student Welcome Brunch is a mandatory event for new resident graduate students.

New Graduate Student Welcome Brunch

Friday, January 9

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Hancock Welcome Center

Graduate student works on her computer Required graduate-level writing class/exam

A graduate-level writing class and online writing assessment are integral components of your graduate studies here at Liberty University. Once you have completed registration for your courses, you will automatically be enrolled in GRST 500 (the graduate-level writing class), and it will show on your class schedule within four business days.

Online Writing Assessment
Test out of GRST 500

You have the opportunity to test out of GRST 500 by passing an online writing assessment. Before the beginning of the semester, your instructor will post an announcement on Blackboard with instructions on how to complete this assessment.

If you pass the assessment:

  • You will automatically receive a passing grade for GRST 500 at the end of the semester, and must remain enrolled in the course
    If you drop the course after taking the assessment, you will be re-enrolled in GRST 500 the following semester.

If you do not pass the assessment:

  • You will be required to attend classes and complete coursework for GRST 500.

NOTE: Please be aware that a $100 test assessment fee is charged to your student account as a new student whether you complete GRST 500 or take and pass the online assessment.

Graduate Writing Center - View information on the Graduate Writing Exam

International Students Only

Federal Regulations Orientation (Required)

International orientation will provide vital information about remaining in status, working before and after graduation, obtaining a Social Security number and Virginia driver’s license, income taxes, insurance, family members, and other subjects. This session is required for all students on F-1 status.