PENNacle is a pre-orientation program being offered to sixty members of the Class of 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by The Undergraduate Assembly, and the Office of the Provost, with additional support from the Trustees Council of Penn Women. It is designed to give incoming students the chance to learn about the many forms of student leadership at Penn, to explore options for campus involvement, and to build connections to peers and upperclass leaders.

PENNacle is a four-day retreat which includes active games, structured experiences and lots of discussion, both formal and informal. The program will be facilitated by upperclass Penn students who have participated in the all-campus leadership retreat and hold key positions in a variety of campus organizations. Topics to be covered include group dynamics, leadership style, team-building, campus resources and Penn traditions.

The program takes place about five days prior to New Student Orientation, depending upon the start date confirmed by NSO organizers. No part of New Student Orientation will be missed.

Selection Process

Each year, we receive more applications for the program than there are spaces available. Participants will be selected based upon a careful review of the applications submitted by the deadline of June 13th.  Each application is reviewed and rated by the staff and student leaders of the program and a consensus is reached.  After selections are made, every applicant will be notified of their status on June 20th.  Those invited to participate will need to promptly complete registration forms and submit payment.  Students may apply to other pre-orientation programs as well and then decide which program to attend based upon their selection status.

Cost of Program

Each participant is required to pay $350.00. This fee covers transportation, meals, lodging at Diamond Ridge, group initiatives, and a T-shirt. A partial scholarship is available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn.

If you have questions, feel free to write Rodney Robinson in the Office of Student Affairs at rodneyr@upenn.edu or 215-898-5339.