Dear Penn Parent: You may have heard, or will soon hear, your student talking about "VPUL." She may sound out all the letters in our acronym. Perhaps he calls us "V-Pull." However your family refers to us in shorthand, know that we are the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life and we are honored to play a central role in your child's Penn experience.

As the University's foremost provider of student services and educational access, VPUL impacts the lives of all students by providing academic, artistic, personal, professional, civic, and cultural experiences. To learn more about how we nurture and inspire Penn students, please visit, or stop by our office, centrally located at 3611 Locust Walk.

Penn wouldn't be Penn without University Life. We address the evolving needs of a diverse campus, helping students grow and reach their fullest potential. Many students view our resource centers as a home away from home during their formative years on campus.

Our 36 departments support comprehensive student interests and needs, including academic and learning assistance, student-led clubs, cultural centers, performing arts groups, health and wellness programs, Greek organizations, community engagement opportunities, and post-secondary access initiatives. These co-curricular experiences help 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students advance career ambitions, engage locally and globally, stay healthy, collaborate, learn and lead.

For more information about our strategic priorities, see

Thank you for sending us such bright, engaged students. We are privileged to spend this time with them.

Dr. Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life

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