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 2016

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. 

The online sessions for Housing at Penn and for Incoming International Students are complete and there are no more sessions scheduled. However, you can view a recording of the session at our New Students Resources webpage.

Health Insurance Online Information Session

Tuesday, August 02, 2016, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Register in advance to receive log-in information

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.

Here are instructions for how to log on to the session:

  • You will need a high-speed connection; students with dial-up connections will find it difficult to participate.
  • You will also need sound; make sure the sound is not on mute and that the volume is adjusted to a comfortable level.
  • Be sure to allow pop-up windows on your web browser.
  • You will not be able to log in until about 15 minutes prior to the session.
  • To log in to the session, point your web browser to http://upennsas.adobeconnect.com/health/
  • If you are using a mobile device, it will be easier to download the Adobe Connect app.
  • Enter as a guest with your name.
  • You will be able to hear the presenters, and you will be able to type questions in the Chat Window.

Information Sessions 2016

Everything You Need to Know about Penn and Philadelphia

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 11:00 AM - 03:30 PM
Cohen Auditorium in Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street

Join us for this one-day orientation providing information on everything you need to know about Penn and Philadelphia! We'll start with lunch, and then we will cover Philly Fun, Transportation, Safety, and more! We will also raffle off prizes that are designed to help you enjoy all that Philly has to offer. Stick around for our "Get to 'Gnome' Penn" scavenger hunt and happy hour afterward!

You MUST register in advance for this event so we can order lunch for everyone! 

Tours 2016

First Friday Tour
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Enjoy the sights and sounds of Philly on this walking tour of the city. This tour will highlight historical landmarks, public art, and famous sights in Philadelphia. The tours will conclude in Old City for the First Friday celebration. On the first Friday of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood's many galleries, restaurants, and bars. 

 

Philly Foodie Tours (SIGN UP FOR ONE ONLY)
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Students can choose one of three tours: Baltimore Bites, Eating Good in the Gayborhood, and Chinatown. Each tour will end at lunchtime, at which point you can choose a lunch spot on your own. SEPTA tokens will be provided, but you are responsible for your own lunch.

 

The Chinatown tour will offer students a glimpse into Philadelphia's Chinatown. Students will see Chinatown's Friendship Gate and tour through the incredible Reading Terminal Market. Both Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market offer a vast array of lunch options!

The Baltimore Bites tour will introduce students to the amazing dining options near the Penn campus along Baltimore Avenue. Some of these establishments include Little Baby's Ice Cream, Desi Village, Gojo, and Clark Park Farmer's Market. This area has an abundance of Indian cuisine, Ethiopian cuisine, and coffee houses, so if these interest you, this is your tour!

The Eating Good in the Gayborhood tour will take students on a walking tour of the Gayborhood in Center City, which houses some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. These classy restaurants cater to everyone, and they represent diverse cuisines. Students will see Philly staples like Woodies, El Vez, Sampan, Zavino, and Lolita.

Campus Tour
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Take a guided walking tour of campus to get to know the many resources that Penn has to offer. The tour will provide an overview of important spots on campus, and will give you a glimpse into Penn's history.

Schuylkill River Tour Jog, Walk, and Stroll

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

 

 

Check out the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail in three possible ways: jog, walk, or stroll! If you are a runner, the Trail is perfect for checking out the scenery while getting some exercise. We will lead a running group down the Trail ending at the Art Museum. 

If you're interested in something a bit more leisurely, we will also lead a group on a walk to the Art Museum. Additionally, in coordination with the Family Center, we are also offering a "stroll" for families with strollers and children along the trail!

The Schuylkill River Trail is an oasis in urban Philadelphia and snakes from north to south, offering beautiful views and a beautiful trip along the water. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, You will be free to run the steps like Rocky, and/or explore the inside of the museum at your leisure. On display is "Embracing the Contemporary," which celebrate the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, one of the nation's leading collections of contemporary art. 

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2016

Gnome Hunt & Happy Hour

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Cohen Auditorium in Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street
We need volunteers - volunteer now!

Get to "gnome" Penn during this hilarious scavenger hunt! The Grad Center's garden gnomes have taken off...again! Help us find our gnomes around campus. Afterwards, enjoy an awards ceremony and happy hour! The gnomes want you to know that you have to participate in the scavenger hunt to attend the happy hour, and that you need to show your PennCard to participate.

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

Friday, September 09, 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, August 01, 2016

BGAPSAMakuu 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 Jewish Graduate Students

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
City Tap House, 3925 Walnut Street
Registration start: Monday, August 01, 2016

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.

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

Friday, September 16, 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, August 01, 2016

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

Welcome reception hosted by Students Confronting Racism & White Privilege

Friday, September 23, 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, August 01, 2016

All new and returning graduate and professional students are invited to attend this welcome reception and learn more about Students Confronting Racism & White Privilege. Please bring your graduate PennCard to be admitted.

LAGAPSA Bienvenida

Friday, September 30, 2016, 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, August 01, 2016

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 - Friday: 12 Noon-5PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Fri, July 1 - 4: Closed

Graduate Student Center

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