The Beauty of Penn in Winter

When snow falls, Penn’s tree-lined, urban campus is transformed into a canvas of winter white. Infused with the season’s muted light, the University’s iconic 19th and 20th century buildings, public works of art, and historic brick byways reveal a charming winter landscape.

Students rush to classes amid gently falling flakes, or take a break from their studies to build snow figures. Their footprints lead to and from the 12 undergraduate and graduate schools on Penn’s 302-acre, West Philadelphia campus, located close enough to one another to foster a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning.

Recently named the No. 1 “Best Neighbor” by the Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships, Penn contributes to the economic and cultural fabric of its home city of Philadelphia. Each year, more than 1,800 Penn students volunteer in community schools, work in neighborhood health clinics, and participate in other community-service initiatives as part of their academic experience.

Photos by Kyle Toomey, Vivek Bharathan, Steve Minicola, Scott Spitzer and Jon Kerzetski.