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Fall 2021

Graduate Orientation Resource Hub

Welcome New Graduate & Professional Students!

We're excited to welcome you to the Penn Community and show you all that Penn has to offer you as a graduate or professional student!  Please click on the boxes below for more information, resources, and upcoming events from campus partners and groups. 

This page will continue to be updated through September 30, 2021. Be sure to check out our full Resource Guide for more information throughout your time at Penn!

2022-23 Orientation details will be posted in Summer 2022. 

Campus Centers and Activities
African American Resource Center (AARC)


The African American Resource Center serves to enhance the quality of life for students, staff, and faculty at Penn, with a particular focus on those of African descent. AARC contributes to making the University of Pennsylvania a leader in higher education by constructively and proactively helping to create a teaching-learning community of real and harmonious diversity. Services include workshops and informational sessions, and many advertised events throughout the year.

AARC Programs include: 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium
Each year, during the month of January, the University of Pennsylvania and our surrounding communities come together to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The commemoration reminds us of our interdependence and reaffirms our commitment to the betterment of our communities through civility and service.

Men of Color at Penn
Men of Color at Penn was established in March 2006. The purpose of the monthly meetings is to provide men support in relationship to our surviving and thriving at the University of Pennsylvania as staff, faculty, and students. Men of Color at Penn also discuss methods/strategies of dealing with racism, social-emotional indignities and best practices of addressing abuses of power within the university and community at large.

Women of Color at Penn
Women of Color at Penn (WOCAP), is a community of remarkable volunteers who come together to celebrate and promote causes that impact women. Whether by lecture series, current research, health and finance leadership, the Queen’s Tea, or daylong celebrations and conferences, the WOCAP group has supported womankind for 33 years. This community has fostered a sense of belonging that all can appreciate.

Learn more by visiting the AARC website or following AARC on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

Family Resource Center

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Welcome New Students and Families!
The Family Resource Center is Penn’s hub for information, resources, and activities for students and postdocs with children. Our staff are available to answer your questions about navigating Penn as a parent and the resources and benefits available to families.

We invite you to engage with the parenting community by attending our activities, and connecting with us online, and visiting the Family Center. For more information see our info sheet and visit our website: If you have questions email


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Through cross-campus efforts, the Family Center at Penn offers the Parent Check-in virtual series for students, postdocs, faculty, staff, partners, and spouses who are parents. These informal check-ins provide a space that can be uniquely designed by the attendees.

  • LGBTQ+ Parent Check-in: Thursday, August 19, 11:00 AM (ET)
  • Penn Parent General Check-in: First Thursdays at 1:00 PM (ET)
  • Black Parent Check-in: Second Wednesdays at 11:00 AM (ET)
  • Asian & Asian-American Parent Check-in: Second Monday at 12:00 PM (ET)

Learn more and register at


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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and desire to keep our members and their families safe, the Family Center facility will remain closed for the Fall 2020 semester. Although our facility will be closed, the Family Center will continue to provide virtual resources, benefits, support, and advising. 

We will miss seeing our families at the Center, but we are looking forward to connecting with all of you virtually in the Fall. Since March, we have shifted our offerings to online platforms, and have greatly enjoyed seeing familiar faces and new families join our virtual programs. We are working hard to plan a diverse array of activities for the fall, including parenting workshops, support groups, and fun activities for the whole family. 

We know that pandemic parenting is hard; we are here to support you and we look forward to connecting with you virtually this semester. Learn more about our virtual events and activities at

View and download the Family Center Handout

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Graduate Student Center

The Graduate Student Center is a central hub for programming, resources, support, and advocacy for all graduate & professional students at Penn. 

Located in the heart of campus, the Grad Center provides space and opportunities to connect with other graduate & professional students from across the University. In addition to providing a central gathering and study space for students, the Grad Center holds hundreds of events each year designed to help students gain the skills, experiences, and community they need for a truly successful graduate experience.

We also provide a range of services and resources to empower graduate and professional students to participate fully in the graduate community at Penn. Whether students need help finding mentorship, building connections on campus, accessing accommodations, or something else, our team and expansive graduate resource guide make it easier for students to connect with the help they need.

**Please note**
The Grad Center building at 3615 Locust Walk will be undergoing construction during the fall 2021 semester. However, staff will remain on campus to offer programming, resources, and individual advising - and - temporary graduate lounge and activity space will be available. Visit the Grad Center website for the most up-to-date information and to learn about reopening plans.

Upcoming Events


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  • Tuesday, August 17, 2:00-3:30 PM
  • Thursday, August 19, 1:00-2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, August 25, 5:00-6:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 28, 3:00-4:30 PM
  • Monday, August 30, 12:00-1:30 PM

Join us for a walking tour around campus and learn more about your new community, history, and the neighboring area of West Philadelphia. 





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Getting the Mentoring and Support You Need
Thursday, September 2, 12:00-1:30 PM

Mentorship and support are essential parts of a successful PhD experience. This workshop for new PhD students will help you build a network of mentors and identify key resources and supports available to you at Penn.

Space is limited! Participants will need to show a valid PennOpen Green Pass and wear a mask to attend.



Virtual City Biking Educational Workshops
Join the Grad Center for two 1hr virtual workshops about bicycling safety in the city and bike maintenance! Facilitated by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, these workshops are free for any Penn graduate or professional student. Students who participate in one or both workshops will receive one free bike light set for attending the maintenance workshop!

  • Urban Riding Basics: Thursday, September 9, 12:00-1:30 PM (ET)
  • Fix-A-Flat Class: Thursday, September 30, 12:00-1:30 PM (ET)

Register in advance! 
Cosponsored by the Bicycle Coalition, City of Philadelphia, Indego, Better Bike Share, and the Grad Center


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Fall 2021 Information

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Greenfield Intercultural Center

The Albert M. Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) would like to congratulate you on your acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania. We are extremely excited that you have chosen Penn! We welcome you to check out the GIC, Penn's resource for enhancing students' intercultural knowledge, competency, and leadership.


Known fondly as the "GIC," the Greenfield Intercultural Center is more of a home than an institution. We provide a safe space for intercultural dialogue and interaction with students, faculty, staff and visitors from around the globe.

Come hungry, because like any family, we like to eat together. Sharing meals is a vital part of GIC's mission. We are passionate about serving the Penn community as an advocate of intercultural awareness, understanding, and appreciation and by building up student leaders.

Beyond breaking bread and hosting our annual Wellness Day, GIC staff mentor student groups and sponsor their events. We run training workshops, facilitate courses, support program development , and collaborate with a diverse collection of campus partners on special events.

Learn more by visiting the GIC website. Sign up for the GIC Newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to receive up-to-date information. Congratulations again on choosing the University of Pennsylvania!

Upcoming Events 

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Welcome and Introduction to Native & Indigenous Community 
Thursday, September 23
6:00-8:00 PM 
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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Welcome to the World at Penn!

As a new member of the Penn family, you'll join a community of more than 7,000 international students, scholars, and employees from over 120 countries. ISSS is committed to making sure that you have the smoothest transition possible, from preparing for your trip to getting settled in Philadelphia. Even if you are embarking on your Penn journey from outside of the United States, we are here to help you hit the ground running. ISSS also offers programs and leadership opportunities throughout the year to enrich your Penn experience!

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Prepare for Penn: See tips and important reminders for new international students at

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Not sure where to start? Watch the recordings from Forerunner Global 2021, a virtual introduction to life at Penn!

Forerunner Global prepares newly accepted Penn international students and their parents for life as members of the Penn family. Watch the videos linked below and hear from current Penn students, faculty members, administrators, and alumni about how you can get the most out of your Penn experience and stay safe, healthy, and engaged along the way. Wherever this semester finds you, get a head start on your Penn adventure with Forerunner Global!

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Workshops & Events

ISSS hosts cultural, academic, career, and immigration-related workshops and activities in partnership with students and resources across Penn. Explore integration activities and events, as well as immigration-related workshops for international students across Penn! Learn more and sign up for events at

Student Programs & Leadership Opportunities

Join some of our banner programs such as the Intercultural Leadership Program, International Student Advisory Board, and Penngagement International Experience Series! Learn more at


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La Casa Latina

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina is Penn's Latino cultural Center. La Casa Latina is a community space designed to serve the needs of all Latino/a students and the Penn communities at-large. La Casa focuses on building a unified community by working with the Latino Coalition, LaGAPSA, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Learn more about La Casa Latina by visiting the La Casa Latina website, Facebook and Instagram pages! 

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LGBT Center

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender CenterLinks to an external site.'s mission is to enrich the experiences and foster the success of Penn's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The Center assists faculty, staff, and alumni, particularly in their efforts to serve students. The Center increases the Penn community's general awareness, understanding, and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members. The primary activities of the Center are outreach and education, supportive services for individuals and campus organizations, including network facilitation, and advocacy for sensitive, inclusive University policies and practices.

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Upcoming Events 

Graduate Gulps: Mocktail Making
Friday, September 10th, 4 PM
Penn LGBT Center, Goodhand Room

Start your weekend off right with mocktails!  Lambda Grads, the umbrella group for LGBTQ+ grad/professional student groups, and the LGBT Center want to get to know you and give you the opportunity to know other LGBTQ+ professional and graduate students.  


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Makuu: The Black Cultural Center

Makuu, the Black Cultural Center, serves as a cultural hub for campus activities, activism, and personal, professional, and academic growth in order to increase resources and connections to the Penn community. Makuu seeks to enrich and support the principles of diversity and community in Penn student life, with an emphasis on students of African descent. Makuu utilizes the seven principles of Kwanzaa to provide support and guidance to individuals and student groups and aims to identify student evidenced challenges, enhance collaborative efforts among students, and become a repository of Penn resources that will increase students' academic, intellectual social, cultural and professional success.

Founded in 2000 to center the experience, concerns, and possibilities of students of the African Diaspora, Makuu: The Black Cultural Center is affectionately regarded as "home". Located in the ARCH building in the heart of campus, Makuu provides a comfortable and convenient space for students to gather. Makuu's staff work daily to provide academic, cultural, and social support to students and groups, connecting them to additional resources and opportunities.  Follow our social media accounts to get updates on our virtual programming!

Learn more by visiting the Makuu website or following them on Facebook or Instagram

Contact us: 
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​Michelle Gilliard Houston 
(she/her),  Associate Director |
​Daina Troy 
(she/her),  Associate Director |

Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH)

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The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) opened in the fall of 2000 in response to students' calls for a cultural resource center at the University of Pennsylvania where South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander cultures could be celebrated. PAACH is a community center that develops and implements innovative programs for leadership development and community service in close collaboration with Asian American student and community groups. Learn more at


Upcoming Events 

PAACH Open Houses 
August 30 - October 11, by highlighted community 
Suite G22, ARCH Building 
3601 Locust Walk 

Grad & Professional Student Open House 
Wednesday, September 8 at 12pm (noon)  

All students welcome! Come meet us, celebrate our diverse communities, and grad some free treats and a t-shirt! 

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Penn Women's Center

The Penn Women's Center is one of the nation's oldest women's centers, founded in 1973, and we work with students, staff and faculty of all genders and identities. The Penn Women's Center's mission is to promote gender justice, and to empower, support, and advance personal and professional development for women and female identified persons. We seek to achieve this by sponsoring student groups, highlighting the work of women and female-identified persons, advocating on a wide range of issues, and providing confidential crisis and options counseling. We welcome genderqueer, nonconforming, nonbinary, transgender persons and cisgender women and men to get involved in our community.

Sponsored Programs
We are affiliated with a number of centers and programs on campus, with the goal of centralizing women, gender, and sexuality focused resources. We encourage you to look at our support services and affiliated groups for further information. We offer programs related to: Career Development, Stress Management, Parenting, and Health and Wellness.

We sponsor a number of events throughout the year that highlight issues of gender justice and promote women writers, activists, artists and political and professional leaders. These include conferences, trainings, and workshops, with topics ranging from restorative justice, to healthy relationships, to men and masculinities. Major sponsored events, co-produced with student groups, include the Vagina Monologues, the Women's Leadership Summit, Penn Women's Week and Take Back the Night. 

Sign up for the Penn Women's Center newsletter 

We play an advocacy role regarding issues of gender equity, health, childcare, workplace discrimination, domestic and sexual violence, and mental health.  


Learn more and connect with us at 

The video below, made as part of our 40th Anniversary Voices of Change Project, celebrates our past and present. We hope it will inspire you to become part of our future. 

Our Space

Located in the heart of campus, at 3643 Locust Walk, the Penn Women's Center offers the perfect space for women, female-identified persons and feminists of all genders to study, relax, host meetings, and workshops or team up for civic engagement projects.

More than just a building, we are also home to a fully-equipped nursing room, complete with a Medela Symphony breast pump, that provides a cozy private space for breastfeeding and/or pumping. We also have an eco-kitchen (PEEK) that can be used for cooking, events or hanging out, a film and book library, a TV lounge, wireless internet access and assorted meeting rooms.

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Spiritual & Religious Life Center (SPARC)

The Spiritual & Religious Life Center (SPARC) provides a home on campus for religious and spiritual students and groups. SPARC provides space for regular prayer (including daily Muslim prayer space), scripture study, and meditation sessions for individuals and groups.

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Welcome new students! Take our quick survey to get connected to Spiritual & Religious Life groups and activities at Penn

Learn more by visiting the SPARC website or following them on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Get Involved 
Penn students pursue their faith and fellowship within a wide variety of student organizations. Find your community!

PRISM is our student interfaith leadership group, join them to plan great interfaith events and advocate for religious life!

The Faith Fund 
Established in 2010, the Faith Fund provides support for activities that consider religious and spiritual themes.

SPARC Partner Organizations and Groups 

Anglican & Episcopal Students at Penn and St. Mary's, The Episcopal Church at Penn, include activities centered on the Episcopal Student Association and the liturgical service at St. Mary's Church.

Lubavitch House at Penn provides a warm and stimulating environment for all Jewish students regardless of background or affiliation.

Penn Newman Catholic Center is the Roman Catholic Church's presence on campus, serving the entire community at Penn.

Global Connect Philadelphia & UPenn
We hope our city feels like home! We are a network of Christians in Philadelphia that seek to serve international students and scholars of all faiths and cultures through friendship, fun activities, English conversation, and spiritual support.  We wish we could welcome you face-to-face, but while we wait together for the pandemic to pass, please come join our virtual international community. And bring a friend! 

Additional Information and Resources

The University of Pennsylvania is a large and complex institution, and we know that a feeling of belonging on campus is critical to your success and well-being. It makes a difference to find and connect with people and activities that support your whole self and not just your role as a graduate or professional student. 

There are many, many ways centers and activities that help graduate students become active participants in the broader Penn community. Click the links below to see additional opportunities for engagement. 

Campus Engagement Opportunities 


Physical and Emotional Health
Campus Health

Campus Health seeks to empower the Penn community to Live Well through advocacy, education, and action. Campus Health staff focus on a wide variety of healthy living topics including sleep, hygiene, stress reduction, nutrition, exercise, tobacco-free lifestyles and bike safety. Key initiatives include annual flu immunization clinics, which vaccinate more than 2,000 people, and yearlong sexual wellness education through events such as “Sex Camp” and “Sex Jeopardy.”

Campus Health offers innovative and evidence based programming to students, whether you’re on campus or participating online. We are committing to helping you stay well and live well. In addition to Refresh (our online, sleep intervention) and Sex Well Online (our new, online, sexual health education program), check out our online guided meditations available “on demand” for use at any time.


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Campus Recreation

Penn Campus Recreation offers intramural sports, 2 on-campus fitness facilities, informal recreation, 37 sports clubs, group exercise classes, personal training, massage therapy, and outdoor adventure trips. 

Online Resources Hub 

Campus Recreation has developed as an online resource to help keep the Penn Community active and connected to new Penn Rec programming, favorite Philadelphia area studios, Penn Alumni and more!  See a brief description of what is included in the remote resource hub at

Fall 2021 Updates 

In partnership with the University administration, Campus Recreation is actively monitoring COVID-19 and adapting practices and programming as needed. All updates will be posted here

Group Exercise Classes 

We’re excited to continue offering Group Exercise programming in the fall semester.  The fall semester will begin on 8/31 and run until 12/22.  This semester we will have a hybrid of both in-person classes at Pottruck and virtual classes on Zoom.

Group Exercise membership information and the schedule will be released in the coming weeks.  We look forward to moving together safely again this fall! 

In order to claim your free supplemental Group Exercise membership, please click HERE.  If you're experiencing difficulties obtaining access to your Group Exercise membership, please reach out to Membership Services to verify your Campus Recreation membership status at

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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides professional psychological and psychiatric services to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who need support in fulfilling their academic, social, and personal objectives. Along with health and wellness partners throughout the Penn community, CAPS directly supports student mental health through counseling, crisis management, consultation, education and outreach, and training.

Please view the videos below to learn more! 

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Wellness at Penn has partnered with Wellnest to offer all students, faculty and staff free access to their gamified mindfullness app, which features the following:

  • Guided Content: Wellnest’s content library offers relevant and niche topics to help you with social isolation, productivity, happiness, spirituality, and more.
  • Voice Journaling: Wellnest offers speech-to-text technology, improving the speed and quality of your journal entries. (You can also type too!)
  • Game Design: Earn Wellnest Gold for journaling, and spend it in the shop to customize your new journal!

You can download the Wellnest app on your iOS device or join Wellnest on their web-based app

Additional Information and Resources from CAPS 

Penn Athletics

A proud member of the Ivy League, Penn offers many unique and exciting opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cheer on the mighty Quakers, participate in competitive team sports, and stay physically fit at state-of-the-art, world-class training centers.

Penn students get FREE tickets to most home games and are eligible for discounted guest tickets and more! 

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Penn Athletics provides intercollegiate and recreational opportunities that enrich the Penn student experience, and makes athletic facilities and activities available to the entire campus community. View athletic facility schedules here

The Intramural Sports program offers organized sport activities that promote participation and socialization between groups and individuals, enhance physical fitness, and foster a spirit of fair play and sportsmanship.

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Penn Violence Prevention

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on campus. We foster collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. Through collective community action, we are committed to ending interpersonal violence by addressing gender inequity, social injustice, and oppression through outreach and education.

While our physical office is closed, Penn Violence Prevention is available to support you during this time. Additionally, all campus and confidential resources remain available to students. Please see their respective websites for availability. A FAQ guide regarding interpersonal violence resources and COVID is available here

For 24/7 crisis response, please call Special Services 215-898-6600. 

Important Links 

PVP Website

Penn Title IX Website

Penn Sexual Misconduct Policy


Student Health Service

Student Health Service is a state-of-the-art primary care center dedicated to the health and well-being of Penn students. Student Health provides accessible, cost-effective, culturally-sensitive, and student-focused healthcare, including care for acute and chronic health problems, preventive health services, and health and wellness education. 

All full-time students can be seen in Student Health regardless of their insurance coverage. All full time students are charged a Clinical Fee which allows them access to SHS. Part-time students may elect to pay the clinical fee in order to be seen. If you are an ELP, student please click here.

Learn more and make an appointment 

Patients are being seen by appointment only at this time. Please call 215-746-3535 to schedule an appointment. Same day appointments are available.

Our clinical hours are 9:30am – 4:30pm Monday-Friday for both telehealth options and in-person appointments. 

There is always an on-all provider available to help you with urgent concerns during evenings and weekends (Press Option 3).

Click the boxes below for more information on Student Health services

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Wellness at Penn Initiative

The Wellness at Penn initiative affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus. It offers opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success. And it defines wellness as an ongoing holistic process with multiple dimensions.

Wellness at Penn  is closely integrated with such essential campus wellness resources as Campus HealthCounseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives.

Additional Information and Resources

Penn strives to promote physical fitness and emotional balance so that students prioritize their health.Click the links below for additional information and resources

Physical and Emotional Health

Spiritual Wellness

Arts and Recreation

Help and Support 

See arts and recreational activities beyond campus on our Living in Philadelphia page. 

Academic and Professional Development
Career Services
Resources for new students

Career Services provides support and resources to assist PhD and master's degree students with career exploration and planning at any time during their academic programs. 

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Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) helps to prepare graduate students to work as part of an instructional team as TAs or to teach their own classes at Penn.  In addition, CTL has a number of programs and services to help graduate students as they go on the job market and imagine themselves as future faculty.

Programs and Services for Graduate Students

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides a broad range of programs for graduate students that can help them succeed as TAs, prepare for the academic job market, and ready themselves for being faculty in the future. Please visit our website to learn more about programs and services for graduate students, including our Teaching Certificate and Fellows programs, and see upcoming workshops and mini-courses. You are welcome to attend any of our events for graduate students.


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Visit the CTL Website 

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CURF - Graduate Fellowships Support

To Penn graduate students, CURF should be known as "The Center for Undergraduate Research AND (also) Fellowships" since CURF supports all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in exploring and applying for Nationally Competitive Fellowships through one-on-one advising, specialized online resources, info sessions and events, draft review, and interview preparation.

CURF assists graduate students seeking funding for language study, graduate coursework, or research through any fellowships in CURF’s Fellowships Directory. CURF can help you identify the appropriate fellowship for you and help you apply for it. CURF can help you at any stage of the application process — finding fellowshipscrafting your applicationdraft review, and practice interviews where applicable.

CURF manages Penn’s nomination process for the Fulbright U.S. Student Award, the Boren Graduate Fellowship, the Luce Scholars Program, and the Rhodes Scholarship (among others) and also supports applicants applying for fellowship opportunities such as the Critical Language Scholarship, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Mitchell Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars Program, and Soros Fellowship.

CURF is one fellowships resource for graduate students among many at Penn; along with the Graduate Student Center, your department, and your faculty mentors. To learn more about the fellowship opportunities with which CURF works, check out our customized Fellowship Directory for graduate students 

Important Links 

Sign-up for CURF’s Weekly Email Digest at:

Schedule an appointment with the CURF Advisor who works with fellowships in which you are interested:

Request access to CURF’s Canvas sites for:

Marks Family Writing Center

The Marks Family Writing Center provides writing support to Penn students and faculty across the disciplines. Thanks to the generous support of Howard Marks, the Center is open to Penn students 6 days a week. In addition to providing individual writing guidance and feedback to our students, the Writing Center also presents writing workshops across campus, consults with faculty and assists them with designing and responding to writing assignments, and engages in community outreach.

Support for Graduate Students 
The Writing Center is happy to provide graduate students in credit-bearing programs with feedback on seminar papers, proposals, manuscripts, and other texts. We can work with you on anything from conceptualizing to polishing your final draft, including how to plan and stage your work. Sessions for graduate students are by appointment only and are held online. Each session is 45 minutes. 

The Writing Center provides online video consultations when classes are in session. Schedule appointments at  

A guide to scheduling and attending online writing consultations is available at (PDF, opens in new tab) 

Those students in timezones not well-suited to Writing Center hours should contact Stacy Kastner, PhD, Associate Director of The Writing Center.   

For more information about the Writing Center and available appointment times, visit: 

Visit the Marks Family Writing Center website 

Penn Libraries

Welcome, new graduate students! As a Penn student, you can access the Penn Libraries’ network of 14 distinct libraries, over 40 subject librarians, physical and digital collections, and a whole range of services designed to help support your research. In addition, we offer support and expertise in various innovative technologies that you can incorporate into your research and teaching.  

Visit the Penn Libraries’ Virtual Support page to access digital content, collaborate with research partners, and directly consult with librarians, and find the latest updates to library services in this FAQ. They have been working with academic publishers to make additional virtual content openly available. In addition, subject librarians are standing by to support online teaching, research, and learning throughout the rest of the semester.

More information about services for graduate students can be found on our Graduate Student Services page. 

Upcoming Events 

Hub@Penn Expo
Tuesday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 25, 10am - 3pm
Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.  

The Penn Libraries joins a host of other University centers and programs for a two-day expo at Houston Hall. Find more information on the NSO website. Visit our table and say hello! Masks are required for entry.

Penn Libraries Showcase
Wednesday, August 25, 12-2pm
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Stop by our main building, the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, for a showcase of our libraries and services. Chat with our librarians, discover library resources, and take a moment to explore the building! No reservations necessary. Masks are required for entry.

Our librarians look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Penn! 

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Weingarten Learning Resources Center

The Weingarten Learning Resources Center provides academic support and accommodations for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to ensure that students receive comprehensive services that enhance their learning experiences and intellectual development at Penn.  The center includes two offices: the Office of Learning Resources and the Office of Student Disabilities Services. All services and programs are free and confidential.


The Office of Learning Resources (OLR) provides professional instruction in university relevant skills such as academic reading, writing, study strategies, and time management to the Penn student community.

The Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS) provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students who self-identify with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in University-sponsored programs. Professional staff evaluate current documentation, determine individual students' eligibility according to program guidelines, and determine reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis.

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Additional Information and Resources

Penn offers a wide variety of resources, offices, and programs for graduate students to support them in all aspects of their Penn experience.

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Campus and Community Engagement
Graduate Student Governance

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).serves as the official voice for the approximately 14,000 full and part-time graduate and professional students at Penn. GAPSA is also responsible for administering graduate student activity fees, providing resources for travel grants, research support, and other activities throughout the year. In addition to GAPSA, 12 School Governments handle school-specific issues, activity funding, and serve as school representatives in GAPSA. 

Graduate Student Groups

Student groups foster vital student interaction and offer countless opportunities for exploration, personal growth, and development of leadership, communication, and other invaluable skills.  Explore Penn's many graduate student organizations and campus activities to find out how you can participate in the broader Penn community. Search a full list of registered student groups at

You can also connect with your Graduate Program Advisor or ask the Grad Center team for referrals to student organizations, affinity groups, or additional campus resources. 

Please see information and upcoming events shared by graduate student groups below. 


Latin American Graduate and Professional Assembly (LAGAPSA)

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We are the Latin American Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (LAGAPSA) and our mission is to enhance the quality of life for graduate and professional students of Latin American, Latina/o/x, and/or Hispanic descent at the University of Pennsylvania. Supported by GAPSA and the Grad Student Center, we address constituents’ academic, social, political, and cultural needs and concerns through programming, services, and advocacy. This year, we seek to put together events to allow community members to distress, learn, and feel together!

Are you interested in attending future LAGAPSA events? Join our mailing list!

Follow us on social media: Instagram @lagapsa.upenn & Facebook @LAGAPSAUPenn

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Pan-Asian American Graduate Student Association (PAAGSA)

The Pan-Asian American Graduate Student Association (PAAGSA) seeks to improve the academic and social lives of Asian and Asian American graduate and professional students at the University of Pennsylvania, and increase their awareness about Asian and Asian American issues. Through our various social, academic, health and wellness, and service-related activities, we seek to establish connections between both international Asian and Asian American students across the graduate and professional schools to foster a sense of community among the Pan-Asian population at Penn.

To keep updated on upcoming events throughout the year sign up for our newsletter here: 

Penn First Graduate Association

The Penn First Graduate Association was founded in 2018 to enrich the lives of the first generation, low income graduate students here at the University of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the organization is to survey, evaluate, assess, and address the concerns of the constituents to engage them at the University. The organization will strive for equity amongst all graduate students at the University, and to bridge the gaps that first generation, low income graduate students may encounter. 

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Penn Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (PGWISE)

We are a graduate student organization centered on the advancement of women scientists and engineers. We want to ensure that women are given the opportunity to be successful in their chosen fields and provide them the tools to do so. We host events for outreach, career development, social networking and more! Check out our social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) as well as the GAPSA and BGS newsletters for the most updated information about our events. We host events frequently throughout the year. Feel free to attend any of our professional development workshops, happy hour events, or even get involved with PGWISE outreach around the city.

Want to be more involved in PGWISE? Apply for a position on the PGWISE Executive Board. Email to request more information.

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Rangoli, the Indian Association at Penn is a University of Pennsylvania organization, that was formed to prolong our culture, and rekindle the spirit of various Indian traditions and festivals with verve and vigor. Rangoli is proud to continue it’s journey, as it continues to be one of Penn's completely incorporated organizations. We are open to every member of Penn's community as we try to reach out to the various other cultural groups. Rangoli receives its funds from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).

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Kelly Writers House

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The Kelly Writers House is an actual 13-room house at 3805 Locust Walk on Penn's campus that serves as a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large. Each semester the Writers House hosts approximately 150 public programs and projects--poetry readings, film screenings, seminars, web magazines, lectures, dinners, radio broadcasts, workshops, art exhibits, and musical performances--and about 500 people visit the House each week. Writers House also has a strong virtual presence - with interactive webcasts and dozens of listservs and email discussion groups. Through its many programs and projects, the Writers House promotes the full range of contemporary literature, addressing writing both as a practice and as an object of study.

There are many ways for you to plug in to our community and to deepen your intellectual engagement with the writing arts. Our couches are available for studying and occasional naps. Coffee in the kitchen fuels many late-night discussions. We host open-mic nightswriting workshopsreading groupscommunity writing projects, and all kinds of free programming. Look around and find your thing or join our Planning Committee and become a writing activist. 

Visit the Kelly Writers House Website 

Netter Center for Community Partnerships

The Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is the University's primary vehicle for advancing civic and community engagement at Penn. It brings together the resources and assets of both the University and the wider community to help solve universal problems such as poverty, health inequities, environmental sustainability, and inadequate, unequal education as they are manifested in the University's local geographic area of West Philadelphia and Philadelphia at large.

The Netter Center develops and helps implement democratic, mutually transformative, place-based partnerships between Penn and West Philadelphia that advance research, teaching, learning, practice, and service and improve the quality of life on campus and in the community. 

Get Involved

The Netter Center provides student involvement opportunities that cover a wide variety of interests. Find your passion and make a difference! 

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Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship

The Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement Fellowship at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships (PGAEF @ NC) is an opportunity for PhD students across all schools and fields at the University of Pennsylvania. Fellows are outstanding students whose scholarship significantly involves Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) and related activities, including locally based community problem-solving, engaged scholarship, service learning, and learning by teaching in public schools.

Learn more 


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Penn Leads the Vote

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Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV) is a student-run, non-partisan program that increases voter engagement and voting while advancing Penn’s role of supporting the democratic and civic engagement of Penn students.  PLTV is university-wide and its leadership comes from both the undergraduate and graduate student bodies of the University of Pennsylvania. During election cycles, PLTV connects the Penn community with the resources needed to register and check registration, to be informed, and to get out to the polls.  Throughout the year, PLTV encourages students to learn about and engage with current issues and politics at the local, state, and national level.

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Penn Live Arts

Penn Live Arts (formerly the Annenberg Center) is a major cultural destination and crossroads in the performing arts, connecting regional audiences and the University through exposure to innovative human expression in theater, music, and dance.

The Annenberg Center Presents series provides:

  • A broad range of programs in music, theatre and dance
  • Performances by local, world-renowned and emerging artists with diverse perspectives
  • Artistic and educational offerings for all ages

Penn students can get $10 tickets to Annenberg Center Presents performances at any time. To purchase, use promo code PENNSTUDENT online or at the Box Office. Must use Penn email address and show valid Penn ID at pick-up.* 

The Penn Live Arts blog features digital content intended to connect our audiences with visionary artists and innovative ideas, resulting in transformative artistic experiences.  Started in the summer of 2020, the blog has engaged with past and present artists through our 5 Questions series, featured numerous guest writers from the arts and Penn communities and had opportunities to spotlight some of our significant events like the Feintuch Family Lobby dedication and the kick-off of our multi-year 50th anniversary celebration with #MyAnnenbergStory. And all of this will continue right here in September when we welcome audiences back into our theatres for the 21/22 season. 

Sign up to receive emails and find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to receive regular updates.

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Penn Live Arts
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6219
For tickets, call 215.898.3900.

Penn Museum

The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology advances understanding of the world's cultural heritage through its extensive research, collections, exhibitions, and educational programming. 

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

Admission is free with your PennCard! Walk up and show your ID at the welcome desk. (Online ticketing is currently unavailable.)

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Living Room Lectures

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Digital Daily Digs

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Galleries at Home

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At-Home Anthropology

See upcoming events

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Additional Information and Resources

Morris Arboretum
The Morris Arboretum is a historic public garden and educational institution. A short drive or train ride from campus, the Arboretum hosts a full slate of programs that integrate science, art and the humanities. Admission is free with your PennCard!


Civic House 
Civic House is Penn's hub for civic engagement, centering community organizations and social justice education, promoting mutually beneficial collaborations between Penn and Philadelphia community nonprofit organizations. Through social justice education, trainings and workshops, Civic House prepares students for responsible community engagement and empowers them to become advocates for social change.

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Learn more about Arts & Culture at Penn

From the one-of-a-kind museums on campus to accomplished student performances in music, dance, and theater, culture and the arts play a leading role in life at Penn. Check out a list of cultural institutions at Penn or see a list of upcoming arts & culture events at Penn.

See arts and culture activities beyond campus on the Grad Center's Living in Philadelphia page. 


Campus Services
Off Campus Services

Hello, welcome to Penn from the Off-Campus Services Office.

My name is Linda Kromer, and I am the Associate Director of the Off-Campus Services. I am here to assist you with educational and resource materials while living off-campus. I can help you read through a lease and offer suggestions regarding any issues you may have with your off-campus apartment. Please reach out if I can help you or if you have any questions. Email:, phone: 215-898-8500. Have a great semester!

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Penn Bookstore


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The Penn Bookstore offers a wide assortment of products and services to meet the needs of Penn faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community. In addition to providing required course materials, the Penn Bookstore offers a wide range of Penn branded apparel and gifts.

Spanning over 50,000 square feet, the bookstore hosts many events and provides ample space for all to enjoy. Located within the bookstore is a fully-licensed Starbucks as well as a "marketplace" for grab-and-go goods. 

The Penn Bookstore is located at the corner of 36th & Walnut Streets. Order online or stop by in person. 




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Penn Transit

Penn Transit's integrated transit system provides effective, efficient, and safe integrated transit on and around campus within specific service boundaries. Transit Services are free of charge to all Penn community members holding a valid PennCard. 

Fall 2020 Transit Information

In addition to the display of a valid institutional identification card, all Penn Transit riders will be required to display a valid “green” PennOpen Pass in a manner consistent with the current protocols for building-entry on Penn’s campus and as a means of reducing the risks of COVID-19.

For information, medical questions, or technical support while using PennOpen Pass, please contact the PennOpen Pass Call Center at (215) 573-6355 or visit

Learn more about 

COVID-19 Ridership Requirements

Navigating Penn Transit 

Division of Public Safety's Walking Escort Program

Download the Penn Rides on Request App! 

Public Safety

Public Safety Overview 


At Penn Public Safety, our mission is to enhance the quality of life, safety and security of our community. We strive each and every Penn DPS Contact Informationday to earn the trust, confidence and respect of our community. Visit our website for an overview of some of the many services we offer to those living, working and visiting Penn’s campus.

Penn is located in the heart of University City, a vibrant urban environment in West Philadelphia. This diverse area offers an abundant cultural, artistic and communal setting that includes retail and fine dining opportunities. Just minutes away from Center City Philadelphia, Penn is close to some of our nation’s historic treasures – the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

The Division of Public Safety offers comprehensive safety and security services to our community members and visitors. Public Safety works closely with our city, state and federal law enforcement and emergency services partners to ensure the safety of all of those who work and study at Penn.

Your safety and security is our highest priority. We encourage you to partner with us in your safety by using the services described on our website. 

Follow us on Twitter @PennDPS.

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DPS “Top 10 List”

The Division of Public Safety encourages you to learn about all of the safety services available to you. Please take a moment to review the ten things you need to know, including free safety services that the Division of Public Safety offers the community.

1. Contact Information 

EmergenciesCall (215) 573-3333 or dial 511 from any campus phone.

Please program this number into your cell phone speed dial as “Penn Pub Safety.” Use this number for all medical and emergency-related calls, including the reporting of suspicious behavior, or to reach Penn Police & Public Safety personnel.

General information: Call (215) 898-7297


2. Safety and Security Services:

Walking Escort Service: (215) 898-WALK (9255).

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 43rd & 30th Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue. Escorts are also available from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m. between 50th & 30th Streets and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue via the University’s partnership with the University District Ambassador Program.

How to Request a Walking Escort:

  • Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building

  • Call 215-898-WALK (9255) or 511 (from campus phone)

  • Use one of the many building and blue-light ephones located on and off Penn’s Campus


3. Penn Transit Ride Service

Penn Transit Services: (215) 898-RIDE (7433)

Business Services’ Penn Ride Service:  Monday-Sunday, 6 p.m.-3 a.m.; Limited on-call service, 3 a.m.-7 a.m. Visit


4. UPennAlert Emergency Notification System

The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to members of the University community during a major emergency via text messaging, e-mail, digital displays and the Penn Siren Outdoor System (Penn SOS). If you have not done so already, please take a few minutes now to register or update your contact information. All information is secure and confidential.


5. Blue Light Phones:

If you observe a potential safety hazard, need a walking escort, or require Penn Police assistance, contact the Division of Public Safety from one of more than over 300 blue-light phones on campus and in the surrounding community. Just pick up the receiver or press the button.


6. PennGuardian:

This service allows PennComm, the DPS emergency communications center, to identify your GPS coordinates when you call from a cell phone that you have registered with Penn Guardian. Penn Guardian is available to you as a member of the Penn community. To activate this service, you must sign up and register your cell phone number. Once your cell phone number has been registered, a dispatcher will be able to view the profile information that you have entered when you call the DPS emergency number – 215-573-3333.


7. Property Registration:

Penn Students and Faculty/Staff can register their bicycles, electronic equipment and other valuable property, online with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department. Students can also purchase a U-Lock through their SFS account.


8. Safety Presentations and Materials:

Members of the Division of Public Safety will provide safety information including brochures, videos, and presentations upon request. To request materials or arrange for a presentation, please contact our Special Services Department at (215) 898-4481 or email sdever[at]


9. Preventing Theft on Campus:

Unattended theft is the number one crime here at Penn. The majority of all theft reported to the Penn Police occurs because items are left unattended or are improperly secured.

  • All items should be taken with you at all times.

  • U-Locks, NOT cable locks, should be used on bikes.

  • You should always lock your doors, even if leaving for a few minutes.

  • Always report suspicious activity by contacting the Division of Public Safety at 215-573-3333 or 511 from a campus phone.


10. Safety Practices:

The Division of Public Safety asks that all members engage the idea that “Safety and Security is a Shared Responsibility.” Please remember to take your personal property with you at all times, don’t leave doors unlocked and report suspicious behavior.

  • Do not display your smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc.) when walking about. Keep it in your bag or pocket.

  • Avoid using earphones when walking to ensure that you stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

  • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk mid-point between curbs and buildings, away from alleys, entries, and bushes. Stay near people.

  • Avoid short cuts through parks, vacant lots, and other low-occupancy places.

  • Carry only necessary credit cards and money. Avoid using outdoor ATMs (automated teller machines). Instead, look for banks that require entry into a lobby to use their ATM.

  • If you must carry a purse or handbag, keep it close to your body. This will minimize the chances of theft. If your purse is taken, don’t fight. Turn it over and immediately call 911.

  • Walk with someone whenever possible. Participate in buddy systems.

  • Do not stop to give directions or other information to strangers. Never hitchhike.

  • If you believe are being followed, call 911. Be alert & confident – making good eye contact may discourage the follower. Cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace. If someone follows you in a car, record the license number and call 911 immediately.

  • Have your key out and ready before you reach your car or door.

  • Trust your instincts and use common sense.

University Club

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The University Club at Penn offers membership to all faculty, staff, alumni, and graduate students of the University for an annual membership fee. Additionally, the Club offers a variety of excellent dining options to its members. The Club also offers member events featuring Food for Thought Luncheon Speakers, Holiday Celebrations, Wine Tastings and other favorites.

The Burrison Art Gallery, located adjacent to the dining room, features monthly exhibitions and member receptions.

Students and faculty can host lunch at the University Club at no cost through a collaboration with the Provost's office. The Take Your Professor to Lunch Program helps to strengthen the bonds in the University community providing an easy way for students and professors to get to know each other better outside the classroom.



More information and services

Campus Express
Campus Express is the online onboarding site for all new students at Penn. The site is a one-stop shop for most essential student services at Penn such as the getting a Penn identification card, confirming on-campus housing,  purchasing a dining plan, registering property, purchasing books or a computer and taking advantage of Penn’s many transportation options.  Campus Express makes life easier and more convenient for thousands of new students each year.             


Office of the Ombuds 
The Ombuds Office welcomes any member of the Penn community who is experiencing difficulty, conflict, or confusion at work, within their studies, or throughout their life at the University more broadly. We offer an accessible and safe place to resolve differences, explore matters of concern, improve communication, and generate and evaluate options.

Our mission is to ameliorate those conditions that may impede community members finding satisfaction with their lives at Penn. Our door is open to students, staff, and faculty. We encourage people to contact us at the earliest stages of a problem so that we can assist before it escalates.

Learn more about the Office of the Ombuds and learn how they work with members of the Penn community


Residential Services 
The Department of Residential Services is responsible for administering housing-related services to the 12 College Houses and Sansom Place (graduate and undergraduate housing). Residential Services' on-campus living options span across Penn's 262-acre campus. Residential Services works closely with other partners to provide students and guests with services that support living and learning in the University residences. 


Student Federal Credit Union 
The Student Federal Credit Union (SFCU) is the first and only student-run credit union in the Ivy League, and exclusively serves the community of the University of Pennsylvania.

With our main branch at a convenient campus location and the largest surcharge-free ATM network both on campus and across the United States, we serve Penn students like no one else can. As a non-profit organization, we are able to provide dividend rates that surpass competitors in the area by over 100% and fees that are 25% lower than our leading competitor. Our consistently superior service and benefits have made us one of the largest student-run credit unions in the nation. We are fully backed by the National Credit Union Administration and all member accounts are insured up to $250,000.


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.