Many upperclassmen consider freshmen to be confused and uncertain, but I see them as risk takers. I envy the way freshmen see Penn.
Penn’s administrators are responsible for the thousands of students and millions of dollars that pass through the University every year, and their decisions affect every member of the Penn community.
Penn’s urban location in West Philadelphia provides exciting opportunities to explore, but that also means students need to be aware of their surroundings.
Once you’ve settled into your dorm and navigated your way down Locust Walk, it’s time to venture out into the rest of Philadelphia.
The University offers a number of resources to students so they can work — and play — hard.
Penn offers dozens of cultural and minority support groups to cater to its increasingly diverse student body.
Whether you come from four generations of Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers or are exploring the Greek system for the very first time, you can be sure that this year’s batch of hopeful pledges has plenty to look forward to.
There comes a time in every freshman’s life when the idea of another dining hall dinner loses a bit of its luster. And when you hit that milestone, don’t despair — Philadelphia is home to a vibrant food scene, which you can sample right on Penn’s campus.
To help get a better idea of the diverse groups on campus, hit the Walk for the Student Activities Fair on Sept. 5 from 12-4 p.m. Many groups will be represented there, catering to all talents and interests.
If you want more opportunities to affect change on campus, you can get involved with Penn’s student government. The undergraduate student government is made up of six branches that represent students in all aspects of University life.
For freshmen, the week of New Student Orientation is a blur of activities, new faces and navigating Locust Walk. But in between the fraternity parties and finding their way from the Quad to College Hall, Penn students do find time to study.
Penn has accumulated a number of traditions over its 271 years. For those new to campus, here is a rundown of what to look forward to over the next four years.