Penn Graduate Student Center

Graduate & Professional New Student Orientation

New Student Resources

The Graduate Student Center organizes New Student Orientation each summer for incoming graduate and professional students.


Penn Resources & Presentations

Here are some links that you might find useful as a new student. This list is not comprehensive by any means, and we encourage you to explore all the resources available to you at Penn!

For International Students

We hope that as an international student, you will participate in the Grad Center's general orientation, as well as your school's specific orientation. As an international student you also must register with International Student & Scholar Services. The ISSS website also provides a variety of resources for new international students.

To prepare before you arrive on campus, you can view a recording of one of our online information sessions for incoming international students

Philly Resources

The Official Visitor Site for Greater Philadelphia offers all things Philadelphia, including places to stay, places to eat, places to see, and more!

The Philly Fun Guide provides a comprehensive list of all things happening in the Philadelphia region. It also includes free and cheap stuff to do. Sign-up for the weekly FunSavers email for exclusive discounts and specials on everything from museum exhibits, theater tickets, and concert tickets.

The Philadelphia City Pass is a great way to see a bunch of area attractions on one discounted ticket. Attractions include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the National Constitution Center, and much more!

This is just the beginning! See our "Philadelphia for Less" page for a full listing of arts & culture opportunities for graduate students on a budget.

Summer Hours

Monday-Friday: 12PM - 5PM
Sat & Sun: CLOSED
Study Rooms: CLOSED

Regular Hours:
Starts Mon, Aug 25

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221