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

Before You Arrive: Online Sessions 2018

Student Health Insurance Online Information Session

Tuesday, August 07, 2018, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM

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 same session will be offered twice; 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.  When you register, you will be asked for your PennCard number.  Please enter 00000000.

Tours 2018

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.

Philly Foodie Tours (SIGN UP FOR ONE ONLY)
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Students can choose one of three tours: Baltimore Bites, 13th Street Corridor, and Chinatown. Each tour will end at lunchtime, at which point you can choose a lunch spot on your own. Public transportation fares will be provided, but you are responsible for your own lunch.


Chinatown - 11:30am

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!

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13th Street Corridor - 11:45pm

The 13th Street Corridor tour will take students on a walking tour of the newly revitalized 13th Street, which encompasses some of the city's best restaurants as well as Philadelphia's gayborhood. These restaurants cater to everyone, and they represent diverse cuisines. Students will see Philly staples like Woodies, El Vez, Sampan, Zavino, and Lolita.

Baltimore Bites - 12:00pm

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! 

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Center City Tour

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Meet at the Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk
Registration start: Monday, July 23, 2018

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Join us for a walking tour of Center City, where you'll get an introduction to Philadelphia east of the Schuylkill River! 

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2018

Scavenger Hunt & Happy Hour

Friday, August 24, 2018, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meet in the Argentina room at the International House, 3701 Chestnut St
Registration start: Friday, August 24, 2018

Get to know Penn during this fun scavenger hunt! Afterwards, enjoy an awards ceremony and happy hour with fellow new grad students! The only requirement for attending the happy hour is to take part in the scavenger hunt, and you will need to show your PennCard to participate.

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Everything a New Grad Student Needs to Know and Philadelphia Quizzo!

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Meet in the Argentina room at the International House, 3701 Chestnut St
Registration start: Thursday, July 26, 2018

Join us for this one-day orientation providing information on everything you need to know about Penn and Philadelphia! We will cover Philly Fun, Transportation, Safety, and more! 

After the presentation, we will conclude with a Philly themed Quizzo event with an open bar and appetizers! Prizes for the winning Quizzo team!



Common Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 10AM - 5PM
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221