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 2017

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2017

Welcome Reception hosted by Students Confronting Racism & White Privilege

Friday, September 29, 2017, 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Golkin Room of Houston Hall

All new and returning graduate and professional students are invited to attend this welcome reception and learn more about Students Confronting Racism & White Privilege. We will get to know each other better with a few facilitated activities and share a meal together! Please bring your graduate PennCard to be admitted.

First-Gen Welcome Reception for Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Center and Career Services

Are you the first in your family to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree? If so, please join us for a welcome reception for first-gen graduate students at the Graduate Student Center. Recognizing that first-gen graduate students make many contributions to Penn’s community, the Graduate Student Center and Penn Career Services is launching a series of programs focused on supporting students as they navigate academic culture at the graduate-level and plan for their future careers. Serving as a kick-off event, this welcome reception begins with an introduction to the Graduate Student Center and other Penn resources. This event will also bring together a diverse community of graduate students to connect with each other and build an informal network of peer support. Coffee and dessert will be served.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221