The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

New Graduate Student Orientation

Welcome to the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP) at the University of Utah!

  1. Virtual Orientation – we will email you over the summer to keep you informed. The to-do list will get you started.
  2. Mandatory MCMP and Ph.D. orientation (week before the semester begins).You to learn more about the university campus, CMP department, program requirements, and meet with students, staff, and faculty, and you will learn about planning issues in Salt Lake City.
  3. Mandatory advising meeting with your faculty advisor. You will be assigned a faculty advisor during the summer. Please set up a meeting before the semester starts. You can do this during orientation week or earlier. We encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor at least once a semester.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, plan@arch.utah.edu or (801) 581-8255.

Virtual Orientation

• Do you need to find housing? Use the Off-Campus Housing website to help you find housing around the U. Note: If you are looking for a roommate, create a profile to use roommate finder.

• All students, faculty, and staff at the University of Utah receive a uNID, which allows access to University networks and information systems. A uNID is a student or employee identification number with a lower case “u” replacing the first zero. A uNID is activated the first time a user logs on to Campus Information Services (CIS).

• Your U-Mail is the e-mail address where all official correspondence will be sent. Please make sure you check this frequently or forward your messages, so you don’t miss anything. Personalize your U-Mail so it is easier to remember.

• Get your University of Utah Identification Card or better known as the “U-Card”. Locations are listed here, as well as any other information you will need.

• Get your Parking Permit but don’t forget public transit is free for students.

• All students are required to have a laptop. Make sure your laptop is ready to go – see the College of Architecture + Planning laptop requirements.

• Learn about computer and software services at the library, including free downloads free. Read the new students digital resources guide. If you get stuck with software installation, CA+P staff can help you too.

• If you are interested in purchasing a gym membership or need a recreation break from studying, consider the University of Utah Student Life Center. As a student, you have access to this facility free of charge.

• Stay healthy! Learn about student health insurance options and Student Health Clinic services.

• Take a look at the current academic year tuition & fees.

• Finally review the program requirements – MCMP or PhD and register for classes.

Orientation Week

Check regularly for updates and additions.

early August (various dates, 8 to 5pm)
International Student Orientation
Please register
Mandatory for all new international students

Mon Aug 12, 9-3pm
Annual Teaching Symposium
All incoming students who are TAs
Please register
Mandatory for all new Teaching Assistants

Tue Aug 13, 10-5pm
CMP Welcome + Program Overview + Technology Tune-up
Starts at ARCH Bailey Gallery
Bring your laptop with you.
Lunch provided
Mandatory for all new MCMP & PhD students

Wed Aug 14
Use this day to meet with faculty advisor, assistantship supervisor and/or staff. 
E-mail to set up appointments in advance. 

Thurs Aug 15, 10-7pm
Program Orientation Continues + GIS workshop + Jane’s Walk
Starts at Marriott Library
Bring your lap top and Student ID to ride public transit for free
Lunch Provided
Mandatory for all new MCMP & PhD students

Fri Aug 16
Enjoy SLC or use this day to meet with faculty advisor, assistantship supervisor and/or staff. 
E-mail to set up appointments in advance.

Mon Aug 19
First day of class
See academic calendar for more information

Thurs Aug 22, 5-7pm
CMP Welcome Picnic
ARCH Bailey Gallery + Patio
Significant other, children and pets welcome

Mon Aug 26, 7pm
City of SLC, Planning Division Summer  Series 
Seeing the Urban Forest for the Trees
Check website for details

early Sept TBA
U of U Graduate Resource Fair

Mon Sept 30, 7pm
City of SLC, Planning Division Summer  Series 
Preservation Passport: Compatible Infill in Historic Districts
Check website for details

Fri Oct 11, 7pm
City of SLC, Planning Division Summer  Series 
Designing Downtown: Characteristics of People-first Places
Check website for details