Visit us in the Women’s Building, Suite 005 on the Danforth Campus!

Reporting to the Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education and International Affairs, The Graduate Center is a central hub for programming, resources, university-wide graduate groups, and community for all graduate and professional students at WashU.

Centrally housed in the Office of the Provost, The Graduate Center partners with schools, units and offices across both the Danforth and Medical Campuses.

Programming topics include graduate student professional development, graduate student leadership, and interdisciplinary, academic, and personal development. The Graduate Center staff also advises university-wide graduate student organizations.


Established in 2008, The Graduate Center provides interdisciplinary, academic, and personal programming and community to the nearly 9,000 graduate and professional students at WashU. The Center:

  • Provides a centrally-located hub for graduate and professional students that includes study, meeting, and social programming spaces.
  • Encourages students to foster a sense of interdisciplinarity and develop social and intellectual communities among their peers.
  • Empowers students to develop and practice leadership skills through programming and graduate student groups and governance.

A Space For Graduate and Professional Students

In Summer 2023, The Graduate Center moved into the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building.  The suite is located on the garden level adjacent to Campus Card Services. The space includes a large commons space, a large conference room, a small meeting room, and a private interview room. This location, directly accessible from the heart of campus, is a visible hub serving the graduate and professional student population across the university.  

TGC-adjacent spaces include: 

  • Women’s Building Formal Lounge (first floor, Women’s Building)
  • Outdoor courtyard with tables and chairs seating 15-20 people
  • Lobby area with tables and seating for up to 6-8 people 
  • Open kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and vending machines
  • Office for International Student Engagement (first floor, Women’s Building)

Signature Events

The following are select signature events. Visit the Center’s calendar to see a complete list of upcoming events.

  • Incoming Graduate and Professional Student Fair & Fare (August)
  • Art & Wine! The Graduate Center Night at Kemper Museum (Fall and Spring)
  • Fuel for Finals Weeks (December and May)
  • Graduate-Professional Student Appreciation Week (First week of April)
  • Bears with Cubs Commencement Celebration (May)