Penn Graduate Student Center

Graduate Student Groups

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Resources for students looking to join or lead a graduate student group.

If you know of a graduate student organization that should be included here, please let the gnome know.

School Groups

University-Wide Groups

* open to all students

Start Your Own Group

If you don't find a graduate and professional student organization to fit your interests, create your own! Penn has several resources to help you:

The Office of Student Affairs is the primary source of information and advice about co-curricular opportunities and resources. Staff members assist students in a myriad of ways, including providing information on how to organize a new student organization, and what resources are available for student organizations.

The Graduate Student Center provides free meeting and event space to graduate student groups.

Running Events

As you plan events, you must adhere to the University's alcohol policies for graduate student organizations.

This presentation on how to plan awesome events and event planning checklist will be helpful to your organization.

Funding sources for graduate student groups

GAPSA Events & Initiatives Funding supports a range of student events and initiatives run by student organizations at Penn across all 12 graduate schools.

The Grad Center Community Impact Fund was designated by the Provost's Office to support graduate student initiatives and activities that build a community of mutual respect and intercultural understanding on campus. In particular, activities that address racial, cultural, or gender-based bias are to be supported with this fund.

Campaign for Community grants support programming that promotes understanding of and respect for multiple points of view on important topics related to the University community; encourages dialogue and discussion among members of the community about issues with the potential for difference and disagreement; and creates opportunities for all members of the University's community to participate in conversations about important topics.

Penn Theme Year Grants are designed to encourage students, faculty and staff to create programming that relates to the Theme Year topic.

The Perry World House Partnership Grant Fund provides small grants for events and programs on Penn's campus that advance inter-disciplinary conversations on issues of international concern.

The Trustees' Council of Penn Women grant is available to individuals or organization that promote women's issues, the quality of undergraduate and graduate life for women, the institutional advancement of women, or the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of women.

Many schools at Penn have funding to invest in programming that supports diversity efforts, academic initiatives, etc. Check with your school's administration to see what is available!

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