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Before You Arrive

Activate Your Auburn University Access Account.

  • What’s my username?
    • Your first, middle, and last initials followed by a four digit number.
  • I forgot my username.
    • Contact the Information Technology (IT) Service Desk at (334) 844-4944 or at

Contact your Graduate Program Officer.

Complete the Medical Information Form.

Obtain health insurance.

Set up information for AU Alert.

Arrange for housing.

See Housing section under General Information.

Register for classes.

  1. Log into AUACCESS.
  2. Go to the MY ACADEMICS page.
  3. Use TIGERSCHEDULER to create a tentative schedule.
  4. ADD OR DROP CLASSES (also located on the My Academics page) to register for classes.
  5. CONFIRM schedule using STUDENT SCHEDULE (located on the My Academics page).

Pay tuition/fees.

  1. Log into AUACCESS.
  2. Go to the MY FINANCES page.
  3. Click on the icon labelled E-BILL to access your financial statements for the University and to view/pay billing statements.

Become familiar with campus resources.

See Campus Resources section under Current Students.

Become familiar with Graduate School Matriculation Policies and Procedures.

After You Arrive

Check in (international students only).

See After Your Arrival section under International Students.

Create and pick up your Tiger Card.

  • Create your Tiger Card.
  • Pick up your Tiger Card.
    • The Tiger Card Office is located in 261 Foy Hall


See the Transportation section under General Information for more details.

Participate in your departmental orientation.

Join us for the Graduate School Welcome Event.

If a teaching assistant, register for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation hosted by the Biggio Center.

During Your First Semester

Choose an advisor.

You will work closely with your graduate advisor during your time at Auburn. If you are assigned an advisor, contact them through your department immediately. If you are given the opportunity to choose your advisor, begin to consider who you prefer to work with. To learn more about choosing an advisor, take a look at this helpful website.

Participate in Professional Development activities.

Last modified: September 4, 2020