On campus and in the community, University Life embodies the co-curricular experience.

Penn Student Activities
Cultural Resource Centers
Equity & Access Programs

Penn Student Activities

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) is a primary source of information and advice for students regarding campus co-curricular opportunities and resources. OSA advises and helps administer student activities and governance, the PENNacle pre-orientation program, University Life leadership training programs, and major campus-wide special events, including Family Weekend, No Place Like Penn Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Fling, Hey Day, and Ivy Day.

Platt Student Performing Arts House

Platt Student Performing Arts House provides administrative and production support, rehearsal, performance, and work space to the member organizations of the Performing Arts Council (PAC). Platt also offers performance-related programming, pre-orientation programs, and training opportunities for the entire campus community, as well as provides opportunities for students to engage the greater Philadelphia community in arts-related service.

Civic House

Civic House supports student volunteer involvement and work in the public interest. From arranging volunteer placements to providing training for student work with community agencies, Civic House helps students engage in the community and make a difference.

VPUL Facilities / Perelman Quadrangle

VPUL Facilities supports the academic priorities of the schools and the related needs of the VPUL division through the development of the best in classroom and instructional facilities, student union and performing arts venues, and Greek system housing.

Office of Student Affairs / Fraternity and Sorority Life

The Office of Student Affairs / Fraternity and Sorority Life (OSA/FSL) administers and oversees Penn's Greek letter social fraternity and sorority system, including three Greek governing councils (Multicultural Greek Council, InterFraternity Council, and Panhellenic Council), the 49 recognized undergraduate social fraternities and sororities, and chapter housing, along with coordination with alumni/ae and inter/national Greek organizations.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

The NROTC program educates and trains qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. The NROTC scholarship program prepares mature young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. Students are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive tuition, books, fees, and other financial aid.

Cultural Resource Centers

Greenfield Intercultural Center

The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) fosters intercultural understanding on campus through cross cultural activism, reflection, and dialogue. GIC's numerous co-curricular educational and cultural programs bring together diverse groups to raise awareness of the rich traditions and diversity within the Penn community and highlight our need for shared understanding. The center also provides consultation, guidance, workshops for affiliated student groups, organizations, college houses, and schools on diversity and cultural competency issues.

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latino issues, culture, and identity at Penn. La Casa Latina works closely with the Penn community to offer a supportive environment where all students are welcomed and engaged in programs, events, and dialogues that address important issues affecting Latinos/Hispanics locally, nationally, and internationally.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center enriches the experience and fosters the success of Penn's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. The LGBT Center assists faculty, staff, and alumni in their efforts to serve students and increases the general Penn community's awareness, understanding, and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members through outreach and education, supportive services for individuals and campus organizations, and advocacy for sensitive, inclusive University policies and practices.

In support of the University of Pennsylvania's commitment to providing an equitable and safe experience for students whose legal name does not reflect their gender identity and/or gender expression, Penn accepts requests from such students to use a preferred name in University records.  A person's preferred name can and will be used where feasible in all University systems unless legal name use is required by law or preferred name use is for intent of misrepresentation. Click here for more information and to access the Preferred Name Request Form.

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center

Makuu seeks to enrich and support the principles of diversity and community in Penn student life, with an emphasis on students of African descent. Makuu utilizes the seven principles of Kwanzaa to provide support and guidance to individuals and student groups and aims to identify student evidenced challenges, enhance collaborative efforts among students, and become a repository of Penn resources that will increase students' academic, intellectual social, cultural and professional success.

Pan-Asian American Community House

The Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) serves as the central resource for advising East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander American students, student organizations, and their activities, as well as those interested in the Asian American diaspora. PAACH provides co-curricular events focusing on Asian American research, culture, history, politics and social issues, and develops and implements innovative programs for leadership development in close collaboration with student and community groups, faculty and staff.

Penn Women's Center

The Penn Women's Center (PWC) seeks to foster community, expand awareness, and enhance the educational experience for the women of Penn. PWC supports and advocates for Penn women and presents and sponsors programs on issues important to them, including career, health and wellness, safety, economic, political, and global matters.

Equity & Access Programs

Educational Opportunity Center

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) provides free academic support services annually to 1,000 West and Southwest Philadelphia residents, including Penn employees. EOC's comprehensive in-house coaching sessions and seminars, along with a network of community referral services, support and promote the academic and personal development necessary for entry or re-entry into all institutions of higher education, including Penn. EOC also provides free access to stimulating lectures and cultural events.

Summer Mentorship Program / PLUS

The Provost's Summer Mentorship Program, a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, immerses local high school students in a true, on-campus college experience. A four-week summer program follows specialized, school-based curricula and hands-on activities, developed and led by faculty, administrators, and staff across Penn's schools. The summer program introduces students to higher education, potential fields of study, and new career opportunities. Throughout the following year, Penn staff provide additional follow-up opportunities for students to apply and extend the summer learning experience, including SAT preparation courses, college essay practice, and other academic and interpersonal activities. The Provost's Summer Mentorship Program seeks to enhance students' high school experiences and position them for admission to the colleges and universities of their choice.

Talent Search

Talent Search helps eligible students complete high school and enroll in postsecondary schooling. The program provides 600 students annually at West Philadelphia's Beeber Middle School and Overbrook High School with support services that instill a college-going culture and promote the academic and personal development necessary for entry into higher education institutions. As a federally funded TRIO program, two-thirds of Talent Search participants must be both low-income and first-generation college students.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides high school students with college preparatory programming that includes an academic and summer component. In the academic component, students attend additional high school courses to enhance their educational skills, a variety of workshops on selecting a college, financial aid and other pre-college planning, and cultural enrichment activities. The summer component consists of six weeks in which students live on a college campus and participate in additional classes in math, science, English and history. Students also attend a one-week summer college tour, visiting a variety of colleges and other educational and culturally enriching activities.

Upward Bound Math Science

Upward Bound Math Science is a college preparatory program that provides hands-on experience with the science and math and motivates and prepares students with academic potential for success in math and science education beyond high school. The mission of the program is to successfully increase the rate of first generation, low income students being enrolled into competitive four year institutions.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound offers a comprehensive program of support that includes rigorous academic training and counseling to enable 120 area veterans annually to pursue a post-secondary education. The VUB program provides comprehensive support systems that assist all veteran participants in achieving academic excellence and inspire lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society.