Information for Parents

As members of our extended Penn family, you can get involved and stay connected to campus in a wide variety of ways.

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Proud parents and families celebrate the newest Penn graduates.

About Penn

Introduction to Penn
A welcome message from President Amy Gutmann and quick overview of our dynamic university.

Penn's Heritage
When Benjamin Franklin founded Penn, America’s first university, he launched a tradition of firsts that has distinguished the University for nearly three centuries and continues to advance higher education around the world.

Penn News
A central source for comprehensive University news coverage.

Visit Penn
How to get here, what to see and do on campus, and where to stay.

Applying to Penn

Undergraduate Admissions
Information about the application process, Penn’s all-grant financial aid policy, academics, and student life.

Graduate and Professional Admissions
Information about the application process at each of Penn's 12 schools, costs and financial aid, courses of study, and Penn’s diverse grad student community.

Penn Parents

The Office of Parent Outreach and Development/Penn Parents is the central resource for connecting undergraduate parents and families to the University. Through events, communications, volunteer opportunities and The Parents Fund, the Penn Parents team is committed to building relationships and creating avenues for parents to feel informed, connected, and be uniquely involved in the life of the University.

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Life at Penn

Arts Information
Penn is home to a host of world-class museums and galleries, and offers a rich array of cultural events. The University also has an extensive offering of arts-related academic programs.

Campus Safety & Security
Penn provides a safe environment to live, work, and study, thanks to public safety programs and community partnerships.

Emergency Information
Phone numbers for fire, police, medical, and weather emergencies, counseling help lines, and how to report phone and data trouble.

New Student Orientation
A warm welcome and detailed information for incoming students and their families.

Religious Life
A central source for student organizations, fellowships, and religious communities at Penn, including on-campus religious service schedules.

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Penn Compact: Increasing Access

Penn is committed to making a world-class education attainable to all talented and hardworking students, regardless of their economic circumstances. The University will meet the full financial needs of undergraduates with all-grant aid packages.

Penn Compact
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Penn News for Parents

A weekly digest of relevant news stories from across the University’s 12 schools. Penn News for Parents, emailed each Wednesday by the Office of University Communications, helps parents keep up-to-date on campus activities.


Offices & Services

Penn's electronic billing system.

Housing and Dining
Information about student housing options, housing services for faculty and staff, visitor accommodations, and dining options across and campus.

Career Services
Career planning and placement services for students and alumni, and resources for campus recruiters.

Student Health Service
Schedule appointments online and learn about health services available at Penn, including emergency care, insurance, vaccinines, and women's health.

Student Affairs
A central source for student activities and governance, leadership programs, and campus-wide special events.

Important Dates

  • Nov 26 - Nov 29
    Thanksgiving Break
  • Nov 30
    Classes Resume
  • Dec 8
    Last day of Classes
  • Dec 9 - Dec 10
    Reading Days

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