PennDesign New Student Orientation

Welcome to PennDesign. New Student Orientation is Friday, August 24th, 2018 from 9am to 7pm and is a mandatory event for all new PennDesign students. A schedule of the day's events will be released shortly.

If you have any questions, concerns or require additional information regarding New Student Orientation, please contact Joe Tripodi, Associate Director of Student Affairs, at 215-746-2263 or


**Students will receive an invitation to join the PennDesign specific Thrive at Penn (TAP) module, located in CANVAS prior to orientation.**


Graduate Student Center Resources

The Graduate Student Center offers a wide variety of events for new students throughout the spring and summer, everything from walking tours of the city to practical sessions on health insurance at Penn. Sessions are offered online and in-person. The Graduate Student Center provides services to support graduate and professional students at Penn and in Philadelphia. For more information on the Graduate Student Center and their orientation events please consult their website.

Penn provides many resources to help you thrive in graduate school. Recognizing that your overall wellness can fall within several categories including emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and financial. The University offers a wide range of resources designed to support the many dimensions of your wellness. Please utilize the Guide to Thriving at Penn to learn more about these resources.