Electrical and Computer Engineering

Graduate Student Orientation

SPRING 2024Orientation

11AM January 4, 2024
Merrill Engineering Building (MEB)
Room 2109 – Next to ECE Main Office
Free, please RSVP below

Please RSVP


Program Overview & Resources
Catered Lunch
MS – Optional NanoFab 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. Register for courses through CIS – Student Homepage. You can view the Class Schedule/Catalogue to see upcoming class schedules and offerings. Some Graduate courses may require you to request permission codes. If you don’t know how to register, view video tutorials below or view this Schedule Builder Handout.

    • To be listed as full-time, graduate students must be enrolled in 9+ graduate credit hours.
    • Most often, graduate students pursuing a research-based degree will enroll in 6 credit hours of coursework, and 3 credit hours of research. This differs from student to student, and your faculty advisor will be the best resource to help you identify what will best support your research.

3. Look at Canvas the week before school starts and verify that this is the course you want and you are ready.
4. Attend class, be successful!

TUTORIAL: How to Navigate CIS

TUTORIAL: How to Register for Classes


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


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.

Learn how to comply with these immunization requirements.

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.


If you submitted unofficial transcripts during the admission process, you will be required to submit official transcripts upon formally being admitted to the graduate program. Transcripts submitted by a student are not considered official. Transcripts must be sent from the awarding institution directly to the University of Utah to be considered official. Physical transcripts must arrive at the University of Utah in a sealed and unopened envelope from the awarding institution. Please do not order transcripts to be sent to your personal or student email, or open the envelope of mailed physical transcripts – they will be considered unofficial upon submission.

Please submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended by contacting the appropriate transcript office at each institution. Transcripts may be delivered by hand upon arrival in Salt Lake City.

Paper transcripts can be mailed directly from the college or university, or brought in a sealed envelope to the school:

The Office of Admissions
201 S 1460 E, Rm 250 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

The University of Utah ONLY accepts electronic transcripts as official from the following agencies:

*When requesting your transcripts using any of these services please use this email admisstranscripts@utah.edu.

Documents submitted for admission become the property of the University of Utah and cannot be returned, with no exceptions.

If you have chosen to hand-deliver hard-copy transcripts, bring the unopened envelope(s) from your prior university to the University of Utah Office of Admissions, which is located in the Student Services Building (SSB, building 40), second floor, south side of the building.

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