New Student Orientation

Required for All Incoming Advanced Standing Students

The Graduate Student Center offers a variety of New Student Orientation activities for Penn graduate and professional students. Optional for all SP2 students.

To register for NSO activities visit the 2018 SP2 New Student Registration page. Visit the SP2 calendar for new student orientation events schedule.

Designed for new students who are NOT U.S. Citizens and/or naturalized or permanent residents.


9:00am Continental Breakfast

9:15am Dean’s Welcome

9:30am Students and Staff Introductions

10:00am “Welcome to the American Classroom”

12:15pm Lunch

1:15pm- Penn Resources & Campus Tour

Designed for new students who are U.S. Citizens and/or naturalized or permanent residents.

Required for all incoming MSW Students


Required for all incoming PhD students.

MSSP students are eligible to elect to take a waiver exam for MSSP 630, Quantitative Reasoning. Any student who passes the waiver exam must take an elective in its place, which may include but is not limited to a more advanced research methods course.

Exam date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 10am-12pm

Location: Computer Lab, Caster Building

Contact Azahara Palomeque for exam dates and additional information.

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