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!

Online Sessions

Incoming students are encouraged to participate in these online sessions in order to get critical information before you arrive on campus. Log on from wherever you are in the world.

These are live, interactive, web-based presentations with experts from Penn. You will be able to ask questions and get real-time answers during the presentations. You will need a high-speed connection; students with dial-up connections will find it difficult to participate.

All of these presentation times are scheduled in Eastern Daylight Time. Please adjust for your time zone accordingly. If you are unable to participate at the scheduled time, you can log on after the session is completed to view the slides and read the transcript. But you will not be able to ask questions.

Housing Online Session
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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. The sessions are linked below:



Academic Year Hours

Welfer Common Room
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 6pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12pm - 6pm

Meeting and Study Rooms
Mon-Thurs: 9am - 7:30pm
Friday: 9am - 5:30pm

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221