Graduate School

Current Students

Fall 2016 New Graduate Orientation

Graduate Orientation is a service provided to new graduate students to inform them of available university services and resources.  We will introduce them to professional development opportunities such as the Graduate Research Symposium, the Graduate Journal, and even Graduate Student Assistantships.  Representatives will also be available to answer questions about graduate housing, Commuter Services, Writing Services, Library Resources, Financial Aid, and the university’s expectations at the graduate level. 

Graduate Orientation is a mandatory event for new resident graduate students. 

Since this is a mandatory event, it is imperative that you RSVP for this event.  

Date: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Time: Check-in: 10:45 a.m.; Event: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Lunch 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Location: Williams Stadium, 3rd floor (Club Pavilion)

View campus map to see where Williams Stadium is located. Parking is available across the street at the Liberty Bookstore. 


Graduate student works on her computerRequired 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.