PennArts is a pre-orientation program for 40 students sponsored by Platt Student Performing Arts House, the Undergraduate Assembly, the Office of the Provost, the Trustees Council of Penn Women, and the Heather and Todd Lieberman Program fund of the Platt Student Performing Arts House. During PennArts all students will have a variety of opportunities to experience the vast artistic offerings at Penn and throughout Philadelphia. All participants will:

  • Work with master artists in cineman studies, fine arts, music, and theater
  • Take trips to Philadelphia cultural locations
  • Learn about academic offerings in the arts
  • Discover Penn's cultural institutions
  • Get information about student clubs and leadership opportunities in the arts
  • Put together your own showcase of art

PennArts is not designed to build any particular skill or craft, but to be a fun way to explore all that Penn and Philadelphia offer. 

PennArts is facilitated by upperclass students who have participated in and are leaders of arts organizations on campus. In addition, the Master Artists are professional artists with excellent credentials and years of teaching experience. All participants take all three master classes which are fun introductions to each area. Participants stay on campus. 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 (applications for 2016 Pre-Orientation Programs are no longer open).  Each application is reviewed and rated by the staff and student leaders of the program and a consensus is reached.  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 $375.00. This fee covers master artists, materials, meals, lodging and a T-shirt. A partial scholarship is available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn.

If you have questions, please contact Maria Fumai Dietrich, Associate Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House at 215-898-2150 or mariafu@upenn.edu.