There are numerous ways to get involved with graduate student life. Through the Liberman Graduate Center, you can connect to various graduate student governance groups or university-wide graduate student organizations.

Washington University in St. Louis has a strong tradition of graduate student involvement and leadership, making sure graduate students are represented at virtually every level of the decision-making process affecting graduate student life: departmental and school committees, university standing committees, and graduate student representation on the university’s Board of Trustees.

Graduate Student Governance

The Graduate Professional Council (GPC) represents all 7000 graduate and professional students on Wash U’s campus. GPC has committees for social engagement, academic and professional development, community service, and more. GPC meets once a month in the Liberman Graduate Center. For more information visit

Graduate Student Senate

The Graduate Student Senate represents all PhD students on campus, enrolled in Arts & Sciences, the McKelvey School of Engineering, the Olin Business School, and the School of Medicine. GSS advocates for graduate student needs on campus and hosts signature events such as the Graduate Research Symposium and the Outstanding Faculty and Staff Awards.

Student Communities and Organizations

University-wide groups are open to graduate and professional students across schools, and provide cultural, academic, and social programming. For more information, visit the Liberman Center WUGO page. Don’t see the group you’re looking for? Visit the Graduate Group Guide for information on starting a University-wide group.

Additionally, each of the eight graduate schools have school-based student governance organizations as well as school-based organizations. Please visit your individual school for more information.