The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly seeks to advocate for its constituency, influence policies, express views of the student body to the administration, and fund student organizations.

The GPSA is made up of representatives from each of the graduate and professional schools at Cornell to foster interactions among students; fund, promote and sponsor events of social, academic, intellectual, and professional interest; influence the policies, culture, and views of the University through representation on official University Committees; and work with the university administration to improve the quality of life for graduate and professional students at Cornell.