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The Graduate Program - Features

Advising and Mentoring PhD Students: Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Administrators at the University of Pennsylvania

Advising and Mentoring Guidelines PDF

The Committee System

Each graduate student initially receives an assigned advisor and subsequently forms an advisory committee of three faculty members who counsel the student on course selection and exam fields. The committee system encourages breadth in training while assisting students to create individualized programs.

A Small Community

The Penn graduate program in history is deliberately small and tailored to individual needs. Both faculty and students take pride in promoting collegiality and camaraderie. Graduate students at Penn, through Clio: The History Graduate Student Group, the Graduate Student Center, and other more informal means, have created a community that is notably supportive of student concerns.

Philadelphia offers a rich variety of activities to provide a break from academic pursuits. LibertyNet provides information and links for museums, attractions and the performing arts as well as sports, radio and TV, newspapers and magazines, restaurants, and more.

For more information on the campus and city, and some of the resources availble to graduate students, please see Penn's viewbook on graduate student life.


To view materials from the most recent workshop on applying for postdocs, please use your Penn credentials to visit