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 2016

Everything You Need to Know about Penn and Philadelphia

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

 

Tours 2016

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
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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 Philadelphia Museum of Art

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 which will end at the Markward Playground.

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 "Creative Africa," as well as "Embracing the Contemporary," which celebrate the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection, one of the nation's leading collections of contemporary art. 

First Friday Tour

Friday, September 02, 2016, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk, Meet at the Graduate Student Center
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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. 

 

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2016

Gnome Hunt & Happy Hour

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 03:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Cohen Auditorium in Cohen Hall, 249 South 36th Street
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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 Black 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

BGAPSAMakuu and the Graduate Student Center invite new and returning Black 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

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

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. 

Lambda Grads Fall Welcome Reception

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Lambda Grads, the Grad Center, and the LGBT Center invite new and returning LGBTQ graduate students and their allies to its fall welcome reception. Food and drinks will be served. Please bring your PennCard and government-issued 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

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

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 Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday: 12 Noon-5PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Academic Year Hours begin August 29

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM

Graduate Student Center

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