Applications for 2019 pre-orientation programs will be live when the class of 2023 receives their pennkey login.

(Must have your PennKey to submit an application.  PennKeys are provided to you once you confirm your Penn attendence.  Learn more about PennKeys here.

PennArts is a pre-orientation program for 40 students sponsored by Platt Student Performing Arts House, the Undergraduate Assembly, the Office of the Provost, and the Trustees Council of Penn Women. 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 professional artists and professors in cinema studies, fine arts, music, theater, and dance
  • Take trips to Philadelphia cultural locations
  • Learn about academic offerings in the arts
  • Discover Penn's arts-focused institutions
  • Attend professional performances by Philadelphia artists
  • 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/or are leaders of arts organizations on campus. In addition, the instructors are professional artists with excellent credentials and years of teaching experience. All participants take all of the 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 2018 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 instructors, 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 Megan Edelman, Associate Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House, at or 215-898-2150.