​​​​​​​The commencement procession winds its way through Penn’s tree-lined campus.

The commencement procession winds its way through Penn’s tree-lined campus.

About Penn

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 Today

A central source for comprehensive University news coverage.

Communications & Media Services

Information about the University’s full range of communications services, publications and media outlets.


Things to See and Do

Resources and Facilities Open to the Public

A comprehensive list of campus amenities that are open to all, including cultural institutions, athletics facilities, and resources for health care and veterinary care.

Arts & Culture

Penn is home to a host of world-class museums and galleries and offers a rich array of cultural events, including theater, music, and dance performances.

Shop Penn

Covering ten city blocks across Penn’s campus are hundreds of retail shops, restaurants, and distinctly West Philly attractions for students and tourists alike. From quick grab-and-go meals to fine dining experiences, retail splurges or just the essentials, SHOP PENN is a great day trip or resource for the Penn community.

Campus Tours

Register yourself, your family, or your group of undergraduate students for a campus tour and information session, or download materials to take a self-guided walking tour of campus.


Undergraduate Classroom Visits

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the intellectual life at Penn by attending a class during the academic year.

Penn Virtual Tour

From West Philadelphia to the comfort of your own home, we invite you to explore Penn through a virtual tour of our historic campus. Get a glimpse inside our state-of-the-art classrooms, hear from current students and faculty, and catch live performances by members of our community as you stroll down Locust Walk.

Penn Virtual Tour
Penn virtual tour

Travel Information

Transportation and Parking

Helpful resources for traveling to, from and around campus, as well as an interactive parking map and comprehensive list of parking locations.


Detailed directions to our most frequented buildings on campus from the airport, train station, and nearby parking garages.

Campus Maps

Walking, biking, and driving maps for the University’s schools, hospitals and medical centers. The maps are searchable by public art, athletics, construction areas, and more.

Local Accommodations

A list of campus, Center City, and airport hotels that offer special rates for individuals or groups visiting Penn. Some also offer meeting and conference services.

Directions and Parking at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine

The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine is located adjacent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.



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.