Grad Student Life

A stimulating intellectual and social community of students and scholars from across Penn’s 12 schools form a vibrant graduate network. The campus offers extensive resources for academic support and personal enrichment.

Graduate Student Center

Penn’s Graduate Student Center provides a home base for graduate and professional students. Located in the heart of campus on Locust Walk, the Center hosts a variety of activities including cultural trips, recreational outings, dissertation support workshops, film nights and more.

Graduate Student Organizations

GAPSA – the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly – serves as the voice of grad students on campus, with a full calendar of activities, including the annual end-of-year GradFest celebration.

A wide variety of other graduate and professional student organizations flourish at Penn, including school governments, as well as professional, social, athletic, and cultural groups.

Campus Resources

The Grad Student’s Guide to Thriving at Penn, published by the Grad Center, comprehensively outlines all of the many resources serving graduate and professional students at Penn.

Of special importance to grad students are these resources:
Graduate Student Life
Campus Centers
Family Resource Center
Health & Wellness Resources
Recreation & Gyms
Career Services
Graduate Alumni

Profile of Graduate Student Enrollment (Fall 2016)

Schools Total Graduate Enrollment
Annenberg School for Communication 82
School of Arts and Sciences 2,143
School of Dental Medicine 653
School of Design 669
Graduate School of Education 1,557
School of Engineering and Applied Science 1,415
Law School 897
Perelman School of Medicine 1,740
School of Nursing 716
School of Social Policy & Practice 486
School of Veterinary Medicine 489
The Wharton School 2,367
TOTAL Graduate & Professional Student 13,244