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!

Welcome Events & Fun Stuff 2018

Students Confronting Racism and White Privilege (SCRWP) Welcome Reception

Friday, September 21, 2018, 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Front (1st Fl), Grad Center, 3615 Locust Walk

All new and returning graduate and professional students are invited to attend SCRWP's annual Welcome Reception! Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in guided activities involving reflection about race & identity. Free food and alcohol will be provided! Please bring your graduate PennCard to be admitted.

Welcome Reception for New & Returning African-American Graduate & Professional Students, Hosted by Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Bodek Lounge Houston Hall | 3417 Spruce St.

Join BGAPSA on September 25th for our Welcome Reception! We will be at Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall from 5-7pm. Free food, drinks, and swag will also be available. Stop by and bring in the school year with friends, food, and fellowship! Please RSVP through the Eventbrite link listed here!

Welcome Reception for New & Returning LGBTQ Graduate Students | Hosted by Lambda Grads

Wednesday, October 03, 2018, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Penn LGBT Center | 3907 Spruce St

Lambda Grads, the LGBT Center, and the Graduate Student Center invite new and returning LGTBQ graduate and professional students and their allies to attend this event. LAMBDA Grads is here for ALL LGBTQIA-identifiying graduate and professional students. Please bring your PennCard to be admitted. Click here to register!

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