Parking Rates | Dining Partners | Back-To-School Sale | Penn Merchandise

Business Services Updates

For academic year 2002-2003, permit parking fees will increase an average of 5%, a $1.27per week increase in most University parking lots. The average permit rate will be $5.54 per working day (based on 250 working days). The daily flat rate for non-permit holders who park in Penn lots is between $10.00-$12.00.

The general permit parking fee structure is compliant with University policy that requires the Parking Program to be self-supporting. Parking fees pay for surface lot improvements (e.g., costs of pavement, fencing, striping, control gates), reduce the construction debt on garages, finance new construction of parking facilities, pay parking taxes and real estate rental fees, pay attendants' salaries, and cover the cost of operating expenses (e.g., electricity, decals, snow removal).

2002-2003 Permit Parking Rates

15% City of Philadelphia parking tax included

Permit Class


Faculty/Staff Rate
(Annual, Sept.-Aug.)

Student Rate
(Academic Year, Sept.-May)

Class A

Campus Parking



Class B

Remote/Student Commuter



Class C




Class D

Department Reserved



University faculty and staff are encouraged to pay their parking fees in installments through automatic payroll deduction. Equal installments (12 monthly or 52 weekly) will be taken from each pay issued September through August. Additionally, you will be automatically enrolled in the Penn Commuter Choice program, which offers you significant tax savings by deducting parking fees (up to $175 per month or $2,100 per year) on a pre-tax basis. Through Penn Commuter Choice, you do not pay federal or FICA taxes on the deducted amount.

--Lee Nunery, Vice President, Business Services

Campus Dining Partners ARAMARK for Residential Food Service

In May, Campus Dining Services announced that ARAMARK will become its new food services partner. Following a successful four-year relationship with Bon Appétit Management Company, the University conducted an evaluation of the University's campus dining program and partnership model. Due to financial challenges and a different market direction, the University determined that a vendor change was necessary according to Lee Nunery, vice president, business services.

The University signed a letter of intent for a one-year management contract with ARAMARK, effective in July. During this twelve-month period, Penn will work with ARAMARK to develop short-term and long-term Campus Dining goals and strategies. Using its proprietary evaluation system, MarketMATCH, ARAMARK will assess the University's dining program and provide master planning expertise to guide its retail and campus dining decisions. With this system, Penn plans to reevaluate its all-you-care-to-eat offerings and consider other opportunities to add flexibility, improve quality and innovate its campus dining program, Mr. Nunery added.

Penn will work with ARAMARK to add new retail and branded food options in 1920 Commons, and introduce other program enhancements for fall including:

  • A "Chefs' Showcase" at Kings Court/English College House, with visiting chefs preparing meals and holding cooking presentations/discussions.
  • A revamped Sunday brunch with fine pastries, signature dishes, premium coffee, and newspapers available for diners.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK is a $9 billion corporation with worldwide experience in delivering food, facilities, and other management/support services. A leader in serving the higher education market, ARAMARK has successful partnerships with many peer institutions, including University of Virginia, Duke University, University of Chicago, Boston University, and Yale University.

Through a relationship with ARAMARK, Penn seeks to build on the successes of the last four years by introducing a new Campus Dining partner who will bring innovative solutions, fresh, creative food options, and expertise in designing and maintaining excellent facilities.

"We look forward to the next phases of this effort, working in collaboration with the College Houses, student leadership, and key campus constituencies to ensure that our mutual goal for a cost-effective "best in class" dining program is achieved.," Mr. Nunery said..

Computer Connection's Back-To-School Sale Going on Now

The Penn Computer Connection announces the University's annual Back-to-School Computer Sale, featuring computers from Apple, Dell, and IBM. Faculty and staff may be eligible to finance their computer purchase through monthly payroll deductions offered by Penn's Credit Union. An informational Back-To-School Sale brochure will be distributed through intramural mail. Details are available online at (a PennNet ID and password are required for access).

Specialized Penn Merchandise Available Through Club Colors


Penn affiliates have an opportunity to create specialized Penn logo shirts, jackets, caps, and accessories through a new University partnership with Club Colors, a leading supplier of high-quality promotional products and insignia merchandise.

Through Club Colors' program, individuals have access to a customized online catalog and store: This website allows orders of specialty Penn insignia merchandise, with the following features:

  • Minimum order of one piece
  • Your choice of various Penn logos to create your own design, customizable for your department or event
  • All orders ship within 48 hours
  • University-issued purchase orders receive a 12% discount from the online price

For more information about Club Colors, or to speak with a representative, contact Doug Murphy at (800) 249-2582 or


Posted 6/21/02