Electrical and Computer Engineering

New Graduate Student Resources

FALL 2024Orientation

11AM August 16, 2024
Warnock Engineering Building (WEB)
Room 2109 – Next to ECE Main Office
Free, please RSVP below

Please RSVP


Program Overview & Resources
Catered Lunch
MS – Optional Tour
PhD – Tuition Benefit Overview

Steps to Complete (All Students)

Course Registration

1. Review our Graduate Course Offerings and Areas of Emphasis for recommended courses and programs of study.

2. Verify upcoming semester course offerings with Main Campus Class Schedules

3. Register for courses through CIS – Student Homepage.

  • To be listed as full-time, graduate students must be enrolled in 9+ graduate credit hours.
  • For courses that require department consent, you must request a permission code
  • To register for Project or MS/PhD Research credits, contact the Graduate Student Coordinator

4. Look at Canvas the week before school starts and verify that this is the course you want and you are ready.

5. Attend class, be successful!

If you don’t know how to register for courses, view video tutorials below and/or the Schedule Builder Handout.

TUTORIAL: How to Navigate CIS

TUTORIAL: How to Register for Classes

OPTION 1: You can have your picture taken by the UCard Office (Union 158) and wait for your card to be printed.

OPTION 2: (RECOMMENDED!) Use the UCard Photo Uploader to upload your photo now and then pickup in the UCard Office (Union 158) once you arrive on campus! It can be ready in as little as 24 hours after upload.

UCard Benefits: Free public transportation (TRAX, Frontrunner, and UTA buses), library access, upload UCash, and receive student discounts. Ask the staff in the UCard office when these benefits will be activated.


Off-Campus Housing
Additional information from ISSS regarding housing

We strongly recommend that you consider placing your name on the waiting list for the University Student Apartments (especially if you are an International Student) and/or that you secure temporary housing with another student for ~1 month upon arrival. Please know that housing in Salt Lake City requires thoughtful planning and thorough preparation. You will need to take action to locate housing at your earliest convenience. Consider exploring multiple opportunities for housing to ensure that you find a suitable option. You may use the following resources to support you in locating housing.



  • Campus Shuttle Routes
  • Campus Parking Permits and Student U lots
  • UTA Transit Map – One of the benefits of your UCard is free public transit (UTA buses/TRAX/FrontRunner). Just tap on and off with your UCard, no tickets necessary.
    • Salt Lake County – Downtown SLC / University of Utah
    • Davis County – Ogden / Hill Air Force Base
    • Utah County – Provo / Thanksgiving Point / Various Silicon Slopes Industries

Some of these steps can be completed prior to your arrival or you can complete them as soon as you are on-campus; however they are very important because if they are not completed a hold will be placed on your university account and you WILL NOT be able to register for classes.

Need a vaccination? Learn about the charges and fees here. Please note, immunizations are available at the Student Health Center (building 685) by appointment ONLY, from 9am-4pm Monday-Friday.  Call for details: (801) 581-6431.

Additional Steps for International Students

You will need to attend the International Student and Scholar Orientation. Click here to learn more about it and register for it.

Pay the associated orientation fee.

To help you be prepared for your academic journey in a new academic program (and maybe even a new campus!) we have compiled all of the information and materials you will need to begin and find your way around. If you have any questions or need help, please reach out to the Graduate Student Coordinator.


Whether you are struggling, or just want to be the best student you can be, we have you covered!

Clubs & Community

Find community and support through our student clubs and associations.

Financial & Career

There are many sources of financial aid, resources, and funding available for students.

Mental Health

Taking care of your mental health is important to us. Please help us take care of you.

Physical Health

Stay Connected

Connect to Wifi

  1. Use UGuest network to access onboard.utah.edu. (Read here for additional information)
  2. Windows users will be asked to download a file named “NetworkWizardLoader-<unique-alphanumeric-string>.exe,” in order to set up UConnect.
  3. Download Duo Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) you will need to login to University resources.

Update UMail

The default address for each student is Uxxxxxxx@umail.utah.edu (where Uxxxxxxx is your UNID). You can customize your email address by following the steps linked here.

Subscribe to the ECE Grad Email List