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!

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