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
Family Resource Center for students with children
Campus Cultural Resource Centers
Health & Wellness Resources
Recreation & Gyms
Career Services
Graduate Alumni

Profile of Graduate Student Enrollment (Fall 2018)

Schools Total Graduate Enrollment
Annenberg School for Communication 77
School of Arts and Sciences 2,129
School of Dental Medicine 680
Weitzman School of Design 755
Graduate School of Education 1,728
School of Engineering and Applied Science 1,692
Law School 948
Perelman School of Medicine 1,865
School of Nursing 736
School of Social Policy & Practice 540
School of Veterinary Medicine 488
Wharton School 2,371
TOTAL Graduate & Professional Student 14,009