New Student Orientation – Fall 2021


Welcome to The Graduate Center!

The Fall 2021 New Student Orientation will be taking place online.

Students should check with their academic programs for information on program-specific orientations. International students are also required to complete a MANDATORY orientation session and will receive an email with instructions on how to register for one of the sessions. For more information, please contact the Office of International Students at instu@gc.cuny.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact studentaffairs@gc.cuny.edu.



Free Stuff at the GC

Welcome to The Graduate Center! One of the best parts of being a student is the availability of free and low-cost resources available to you on campus. Even though our campus mainly consists of a huge building which used to be a department store, you will be surprised at the wide array of resources available to you!

Free Stuff & Discounts! Unsurprisingly, some of the best student resources are made available by student-run organizations. At the GC, all student organizations are housed under the Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC), which is the body representing Master’s and Doctoral students. For starters, stop by their main office at Room 5495 during their office hours to pick up free condoms and other safer sex materials, help yourself to some coffee, or buy discount movie tickets. While you are on this floor, check out the computer hub in Room 5487, a small, quiet room where you can work on PCs, or use the printer and scanner. In this room as elsewhere in the GC building such as the library and program lounges, students have unlimited free printing, as well as access to scanners (but please be green and print responsibly!)

The DSC also provides free legal consultations, rooms for meetings and events, lockers by lottery, among other cool and useful things.  Run for a seat in the DSC to represent your program or the student body at-large, submit an article to Advocate, our student newspaper, join a chartered organization, organize an event or a conference.

Public events at the GC. Film screenings, concerts, panels, talks, exhibits and more! Check out the calendar of public events for programming ranging from political satire and analysis of current affairs in the Middle East to music & dance from Barcelona. The GC is also a great place to learn about New York City: from the displacement of queer people of color to the loss of middle-class neighborhoods in Stuy Town and the mayor’s take on state of inequality in the city. Are you the artsy type? James Gallery (to your left when you enter the lobby) and The Center for Humanities have cool exhibits and events year-round. These events have free admission for students (and sometimes for the public as well,) but make sure to reserve your seats ahead of time, as popular events run out of space fast!

Check in with Student Activities to find out if they have other discount/free items available for students.

Events in the Neighborhood. The Graduate Center really does sit in the heart of New York City.  Bryant Park has lots of great programming (especially in the summer!) Madison Square Park is another great place for cultural experiences.

Speaking of free stuff: problems with your paycheck? Reach out to a student coordinator at the Adjunct Project or a union rep. Graduate student & adjunct labor keeps CUNY running! If you are looking to apply for in-state tuition, health insurance, clear holds, register a disability (for access to adaptive equipment), take a consortium course, or more, here’s a quick guide to GC offices.