A Guide to Thriving at Penn Resources and Support

Penn provides many resources to help you thrive in graduate school. The University offers a wide range of resources designed to enrich your graduate experience and support the many different dimensions of your wellness, including emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and financial. Learn more about them below.

Fall 2021 Information and Resources

The Grad Center is committed to supporting all graduate and professional students and is working with campus partners to provide resources and opportunities for engagement to help you stay connected and academically during the Fall 2021 semester and throughout your time at Penn.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the University will continue to adapt policies and practices in response to public health conditions and guidance. Visit our Fall 2021 Information page  for official information, updates, and resources available to you as we continue to transition to a more normal on-campus experience during the fall semester. 

Fall 2021 Information 

New & Incoming Students

Welcome to Penn! 
The Grad Center is committed to helping new graduate and professional students as they transition to life at Penn. Explore the resources below to learn more. 

Student Wellness & Engagement

The Graduate Student Center believes that student health and well-being are at the center of academic and personal success. We encourage you to become involved within the Penn and Philadelphia community and to connect with resources on campus if you need guidance or support. 

Academic Policies and Support

It's integral that you feel academically supported; Penn fosters such wellness by promoting academic growth and encouraging career development.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

We hope that all graduate and professional students at Penn are able to take advantage of the many activities and resources available to them. In addition to the general resources and programs listed on our site, Penn offers a number of programs and resources to foster inclusion, equity, and intellectual growth for graduate students. 

Funding and Finances

Pursuing a graduate or professional degree is an important investment in your future and can also be a significant investment of your time and money. Whether you're living on a budget or relying on external funding, the financial decisions you make during graduate school can have an impact for years to come.

Our Graduate Funding and Finances page provides information and resources to help you identify funding opportunities and make more informed financial decisions as you pursue your degree. 

Funding for student organizations and events can be found on our Graduate Student Groups page

Help and Support

Need Assistance?

The Graduate Student Center is here to help you navigate the many resources at the University. Any graduate or professional student experiencing an issue or unsure where to turn can contact us for guidance. Dr. Meredith Wooten, the Grad Center's director, is available to meet with students individually by appointment. 

The University's HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357) is a 24-hour-a-day phone number for members of the Penn community who are seeking time sensitive help in navigating Penn’s resources for health and wellness.

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