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!

Before You Arrive: Online Sessions 2015

Incoming students from anywhere in the world are encouraged to log on to participate in these online sessions in order to get critical information before they arrive on campus. These are live, interactive, web-based presentations with experts from Penn. Students will be able to ask questions and receive real-time answers during the presentations.

Presentations are offered multiple times so students can sign up for the most convenient session. All of these presentation times are scheduled in Eastern Daylight Time, please adjust for your time zone accordingly. 

Housing Online Sessions
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These sessions will help students learn about their options for living on-campus or off-campus, housing for students with families, and the resources provided to help them make the right selection. 

This same session will be offered multiple times; register for the one that is most convenient for you. Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust accordingly for your time zone.  When you register, you will be asked for your PennCard number.  Please enter 00000000

Incoming International Student Information Session
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These sessions will cover information on what students should bring with them, where to shop, transportation, banking information, and more! University staff and international students will be on hand to answer students’ questions.

This same session will be offered twice; register for the one that is most convenient for you. Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust accordingly for your time zone.  When you register, you will be asked for your PennCard number.  Please enter 00000000

Health Insurance Online Information Session
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Join us for this online information session to gain a better understanding of your health insurance options and immunization requirements at Penn. This session will discuss the University's Health Insurance and Immunization requirements, the process for fulfilling those requirements, how to select your health insurance and an overview of how to use your health insurance at Penn's Student Health Service. This session will be led by representatives from Penn Student Health Service and is strongly recommended for all incoming students! There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so come prepared to learn and ask lots of question!

This same session will be offered multiple times; register for the one most convenient for you. Please note that all times are Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust accordingly for your time zone.  When you register, you will be asked for your PennCard number.  Please enter 00000000

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2015

LAGAPSA Bienvenida

Friday, September 11, 2015, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Floor), Common Room Back (1st Floor), 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Saturday, August 01, 2015

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

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