Penn Graduate Student Center

Graduate & Professional New Student Orientation

If you're an undergraduate new student, please visit the Undergraduate New Student Orientation website.

About Graduate & Professional New Student Orientation

The Graduate Student Center is here to make sure you experience a seamless transition to Penn. The Grad Center will also be your home base at Penn long after orientation is over. So become part of the community right away!

Penn offers several orientation programs for incoming graduate and professional students. Take advantage of

We know you'll be busy, so we've organized the Grad Center activities à la carte. Pick and choose what's most convenient for you!  And please invite your spouse/partner to Grad Center orientation activities!

Tours 2014

2014 Eastern Center City Tours

Friday, September 05, 2014, 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Common Room Back, Meet at the Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk
First Friday Edition!
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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Philly on this walking tour of the eastern part of Center City.  This tour will take students past the Gallery Mall, Chinatown, the Historical District, and will conclude in Olde City. This tour is free, but please register in advance.

On the September 5 tour, students will have the option to stay for Olde City's First Friday celebration, when the neighborhood's many art galleries hold opening receptions and the bars and restaurants are hopping!

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2014

Running in Philadelphia

Saturday, September 06, 2014, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Meet at the Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk

New student runners: Want to learn about good spots for running in Philadelphia, and meet other runners?  Join marathon runner and PhD student Josh Taton for this event!  We'll meet outside of the Graduate Student Center for a bit of light jogging and warmup stretching, while waiting for the group to gather. The run will leave from the Grad Center shortly after 10am, returning at about 11am. Afterwards, we will cool-down and meet in one of the Grad Center rooms to discuss running and racing in Philadelphia.

Welcome Reception for New & Returning Jewish Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 09, 2014, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Room 305, Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk

The Jewish Graduate Student Network and the Graduate Student Center invite new and returning graduate and professional students to this welcome reception. Please bring your PennCard to be admitted.

Lambda Grads Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Lambda Grads, the LGBT Center, and the Graduate Student Center invite new and returning LGTBQ graduate and professional students and their allies to attend this event. Please bring your Penn Card to be admitted.

LaGAPSA Bienvenida

Friday, September 12, 2014, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room

La Casa Latina, LaGAPSA, and the Graduate Student Center welcome new and returning Latino/a grad students. Please bring your PennCard to be admitted.

Wine & Cheese Reception for New & Returning African-American Graduate & Professional Students

Friday, September 19, 2014, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room, Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

BGAPSA, Makuu and the Graduate Student Center invite new and returning African-American graduate and professional students to attend this event. Please bring your PennCard to be admitted.

Welcome Reception for New & Returning Asian-American Graduate & Professional Students

Friday, September 26, 2014, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room, Graduate Student Center, 3615 Locust Walk

New and returning Asian-American graduate and professional students are invited to this welcome reception, cosponsored by PAAGSA, PAACH, and the Graduate Student Center.  Please bring your Penn grad ID to be admitted.

Information Sessions 2014

Online Presentations

During March-August, we offered several online information sessions for incoming grad students on topics such as housing, international student issues, student health insurance, academic integrity, etc. If you missed these presentations, you can find recordings of them at our New Students Resources webpage.

What to do during Labor Day Weekend

You’ve got 3 days of freedom! Make the most of your time off by exploring some of the fun things happening on campus and in Philadelphia this weekend.

Labor Day Weekend 2014

Made in America Music Fesitval
August 30-31
Nearly 30 acts will perform across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s lineup includes performances from Kaney West, Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, The Nationals and more. A one-day passes start at $89.50 and a 2-day pass is $150. 

Visit a Philadelphia Beer Garden

Try a Philly Cheese Steak!

Check out the live music scene

Franklin Square at 6th & Race Streets includes a miniature golf course, classic carousel, burger joint, storytelling bench, picnic area and more.

Philadelphia Zoo

Adventure Aquarium

Tuttleman IMAX Theater and the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute science museum

Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2600 Ben Franklin Parkway, is free on Sunday, September 1 (and the first Sunday of every month).

Barnes Foundation at 2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, has a fabulous permanent collection of incredible post-impressionist and early modern paintings.

Morris Arboretum – free with your PennCard!

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM


Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu