Student Resources

The CUNY Graduate Center supports doctoral and master’s students through a host of personal and academic resources and services, including a research library, a specialized writing center, legal consultations, counseling, and more.

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for additional information.

Student Services

The mission of The Wellness Center is to support the physical and mental health of students at the Graduate Center through its two divisions:

  • Student Health Services, which offers educational information and resources on a variety of physical health topics, and provides referral information for external health service providers
  • Student Counseling Services, which provides individual and group counseling, workshops, referrals, and other mental health support services.

The Wellness Center also collects and maintains required student immunization records.

Wellness Center

Please note: for guidance and information related to student health insurance, please visit the Student Affairs office.

Active matriculating doctoral students at the Graduate Center who are employed as either Graduate Assistants or in one of the eligible Adjunct titles and meet specific income levels in those titles are eligible for health insurance coverage for themselves and their dependents through the Student Employee Health Plan (SEHP), a component of the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP).

Student Health Insurance

One of the few writing centers in the country that specifically serves the needs of graduate students, the GC Writing Center assists current and past graduate students in the cultivation of writing skills and habits through individual consultations, workshops, and programming.


The Office of Career Planning & Professional Development supports the Graduate Center’s students in exploring and understanding career paths and achieving their professional goals.


The Child Development and Learning Center provides a safe, nurturing educational environment for children of Graduate Center students and their families through intellectual stimulation and emotional support while serving as a lab school.


The mission of Student Affairs disability services is to provide and support equal access to all programs, services, and activities of the Graduate Center and the University for Graduate Center students with disabilities.


The Ombuds Office is open to all students, faculty, staff, and administrators in search of a neutral, impartial person to speak to confidentially about problems related to work or study at The Graduate Center. The office also provides ideas for alternative dispute resolution, advocacy, and additional guidance.


Graduate Center students have access to multiple useful technical services and applications, including Blackboard, CUNYfirst, and DegreeWorks. The City University of New York also provides Microsoft Office 365 for Education to students at the GC via the Microsoft Office in Education program. 


Room 8303

Hours of Operation

  • Tuesday: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Thursday: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

And open by appointment Mondays through Thursdays when not otherwise open.  Please call 212-817-7400.

Must show a valid GC or CUNY ID, but names will not be recorded. Basic household demographics will be recorded. 

Limit 5 items per visit, one visit per week. Households with families may receive a larger number of items. 

All registered CUNY students can access University food pantries. Most campus food pantries require that the students call in advance to make an appointment. Please note that hours of operation may vary, and students should call before leaving for the campus. Locations and contact information can be found on the CUNY Food Pantries page.

Additional community-based food resources can be found here Community Food Resources — Healthy CUNY

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides eligible residents with help paying for groceries via a debit card that you can use at many grocery stores and farmers markets.  Eligibility and enrollment information can be found here SNAP – The City University of New York (

Support Offices

The Provost’s Office supports the core academic mission of The Graduate Center. It aims to sustain The Graduate Center in its commitment to diversity and to opportunity for people in New York and around the world in pursuing advanced research and disseminating it for the public good. The Graduate Center, with its more than 30 doctoral programs and 16 master’s programs, is known for its innovative interdisciplinary research. Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, it draws inspiration from the many and varied cultural currents surrounding it.


The mission of the Registrar's Office is to support the University mission by serving students, faculty, staff and the general public through effective management practices that ensure the integrity, accuracy and privacy of academic records


The Bursar’s Office is responsible for processing and recording student tuition and fee payments, issuing refunds, distribution of Fellowship checks, and the disbursement of employee paychecks.  The Bursar’s Office maintains a record of each student’s tuition and fee transactions.

In the performance of these duties, the office maintains systems which provide a clear audit trail while ensuring compliance with CUNY Tuition and Fee policies and regulations. 


Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Center, CUNY. Our admission pages are designed to help you easily navigate the application process. Please follow the steps to apply for admission to the Graduate Center.


The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs is available to assist students with problems, to interpret policies and procedures, and to serve as ombudsperson when needed. It is also charged with overseeing the administrative resolution of disputes with regard to grades, satisfactory progress, and disciplinary matters, and provides information and guidance for graduate students in need of health insurance coverage.


The Office of International Students provides advice and assistance to students from outside the United States, particularly with regard to immigration issues relating to F-1 Student Status and J-1 Exchange Visitor Student category.

The office also assists students in understanding American cultural behavior and in interpreting various bureaucratic procedural requirements, including nonresident alien taxation. Every fall, the office conducts an orientation session for International Students.


IT Services provides technology support to GC students, faculty, and staff. Members of the Graduate Center user community should contact IT Services for matters requiring technical intervention.


The mission of the Office of Security and Public Safety is to promote a safe and secure environment in a minimally intrusive manner that strives to protect and respect the rights and dignity of the individual. The protection of our students, staff, faculty and visitors, along with its premises and property, is not a peripheral factor but central to the achievement of The Graduate Center's educational, research and cultural mission. The Office of Security & Public Safety is committed to providing a comprehensive and progressive program of security, public safety, crime prevention, emergency response, fire safety and other related services.


Lounges, Dining and Common Spaces

The Student/Faculty Dining Commons is located on the 8th floor. A convenient, comfortable place for students and faculty to meet, converse, and socialize, it opens at 11 a.m. For further information, contact the Dining Commons Manager (1-212-817-7953;

The 365 Express Coffee Shop is located on the 1st floor and is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the academic semester.

The Robert E. Gilleece Student Center is located on the 5th floor. It houses offices for student government and chartered organizations of the Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council, two lounges (Room 5414, a “social” lounge, and Room 5409, a “quiet,” or “working,” lounge), a kitchenette, meeting space, and computers. Information about the use of the Gilleece Student Center, including access and meeting spaces, may be obtained by contacting the Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council, 1-212-817-7888, in Room 5495 and at

At the Lobby level, in Room 1102, , adjacent to the 365 Express Coffee Shop, is the Foundation Lounge, which offers comfortable seating and coin-operated food and beverage dispensers. The Foundation Lounge is open when the building is open and can be entered either through the door to Room 1102 or from 365 Express when the coffee shop is open. (For GC building access hours, please refer to Building and Library Access.)

Information concerning the availability of space at the Graduate Center for special events or meetings may be obtained from Room Reservations by sending an email to:

Student Activities and Discounts

Eric C. Brown: Assistant Director of Student Affairs Email

CUNY Campuses across the five boroughs offer an array of galleries, museums, and performance stages.

Check campus websites for a detailed scheduling of events:


  • Brooklyn College
  • Kingsborough Community College
  • Medgar Evers College
  • New York City College of Technology


  • Bronx Community College
  • Hostos Community College
  • Lehman College


  • Baruch College
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • Hunter College
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • The City College of New York


  • LaGuardia Community College
  • Queens College
  • Queensborough Community College
  • York College

Staten Island

  • College of Staten Island

Student Discounts on Live Entertainment and Movie Tickets:

  • Regal Cinemas up to 15% off all movie tickets with student ID
  • Theater Development Fund (TDF) (Discounted Membership only $10) 

Student Discounts on Transportation:

  • General Motors offers college students and recent graduates various discounts that can save you hundreds or even thousands on new and preowned vehicles.
  • Zipcar offers CUNY Graduate Center students discounts on hourly car rentals.

Student Discounts on Retail with student ID or email address:

  • Alex & Ani receive 10% off in store non-sale items
  • Ann Taylor 15% off full purchase
  • Banana Republic 15% off purchase
  • Club Monaco 20% off items
  • Dockers 20% off online purchases
  • Levi’s 15% off for students

Student Discounts on Technology:

  • Click here for 5% off most Apple purchases and save up to $200 on a new Mac or iPad.
  • Best Buy offers various student deals.

Student Discounts on Wireless Plans:
Visit websites for details on the wireless providers below

Fitness Classes are available for GC students, faculty, and staff through the Student Affairs office and the Doctoral and Graduate Students' Council. Past classes have included Intermediate Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Pilates. Information is available from the Student Affairs office by contacting or 212-817-7400. Pre-registration and payment are required before the first class and classes are limited in size.

The following fitness centers offer discounts for GC students:

  • New York Sports Club offers student discounts for select memberships after filling out a student membership inquiry on their website.

Student Discounts on Miscellaneous Items:

  • Fedex 20-30% off shipping when valid student ID is displayed.
  • Click here for 50% off Amazon Prime Membership.
  • Campus Clipper the ultimate college student online coupon book
  • Unidays online free subscription offers student discounts in Fashion, Beauty, Food, Tech & more.
GC Library detail

MIna Rees Library

The Mina Rees Library is the hub of scholarly production at The Graduate Center. The library’s print collection primarily supports The Graduate Center curriculum, while the library’s digital resources, active reference and instruction services, and robust resource-sharing support graduate and faculty research.

GC Library
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Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council Services

The Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council (DGSC) represents the interests of both doctoral and graduate students. It offers several services to students, including legal consultation, locker rental, and room reservations

Doctoral and Graduate Students’ Council Services

Additional Resources

For Students with Children

Students with children can find additional support:

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Teaching Support

Find resources to support Graduate Center students teaching:

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Student Newsletter

Published by Student Affairs:

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