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The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other Universityadministered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).


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overview of college houses

The mission of College Houses and Academic Services is to provide an undergraduate experience that encourages learning, personal growth and participation within a residential community that empowers and challenges residents in all aspects of their daily endeavors. College Houses are residential communities for Penn undergraduates that connect the academic life of the University with the residential experience; develop smaller, intimate communities that students call home and from which they can more comfortably navigate the complexities of a large university; provide academic and personal support to residents; and promote social interaction, engagement, accountability and leadership within a setting that honors the diverse needs and backgrounds of the population.

The University of Pennsylvania is an extraordinary collegiate community with the 11 College Houses at the center of the undergraduate experience. The Houses bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students to form vibrant residential communities within the larger context of a vast, urban campus. Each House has one Faculty Master and one House Dean, with two College House Fellows (members of the faculty and senior administration) in residence. All House Deans serve as academic advisors and mentors to their residents, and many teach as well. Each has a talented House Coordinator who assists in the complex challenges of making the House run smoothly. Faculty in residence also serve as mentors while inviting colleagues from various disciplines into the House for

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with a wide range of issues. They also serve as academic mentors and guides to campus resources. and activities offered to residents. Students also provide in-House computing help through the Information Technology Advisor (ITA) program. All of the Houses provide a wide range of programs, services and social opportunities for residents including The housing application process is administered by the Department of Residential Services (see page 22). Penn offers traditional dormitory living a roommate and a shared bathroom or the relative privacy of an apartment. Students can live high above campus in a 24-story skyscraper with panoramic views, or at street level where the city is bustling. There is much more to a home than bricks and mortar; a students home is the cornerstone of college life. At Penn, there is a wonderful range of homes from which to choose.

informative dinners and lectures. There are over 200 RAs and GAs in residence to plan activities and assist students . .

The entire College House system operates with generous participation and input from students: most Houses have governing bodies such as House Councils who make vital decisions about the budgets and the scope of services

academic advising, music lessons, intramural sports, guest speakers, dance lessons, study breaks, charity work and much more. Over 40 specialized theme floors called Residential Programs in which students may choose to live provide smaller, tight-knit communities within the Houses. Typically, Fisher Hassenfeld, Hill, Kings Court English, Riepe and Ware College Houses have a majority of first-year students. Du Bois, Gregory and Stouffer have an equal number of first-year and upperclass students. Harnwell and Harrison have largely upperclass populations, while Rodin houses upperclass students only. Penn does not require first-year students to live on campus, but 99% do.

Resident Population by Class

First Year Students 47% Sophomores 24% Juniors 15% Seniors 14%

academic & community enrichment in the houses

By living in a College House our residents have opportunities to lead and mentor their peers; improve their language skills; manage money and reconcile budgets; plan a research symposium; repair computers; write newsletters and market House events; teach others and interact with their communities both on and off campus. For engaged residents, learning is an inseparable part of living in the House and interacting with the community. Though informal, the learning is an intentional outcome of our effort to fulfill the College House mission. Here are some of the ways we do it.

A  cademically-themed Residential Programs in each House have links to such distinguished departments and centers as the Fels Institute, Film Studies, Civic House, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Weiss Tech House, and the Ben Franklin Scholars.

W  ireless and wired connectivity, plus in-House computing support, provide residents access to the many online resources Penn has to offer.  roup study spaces encourage students to learn together. G

We create the intimate atmosphere of a liberal arts college within a large research university
E  mphasis on community-building in each House helps create a home base that is markedly smaller than the campus with its 20,000+ student population.

We foster leadership and accountability, but also civic-mindedness, teamwork, and opportunities to collaborate

We connect the House communities to the intellectual life of the University

S  tudents encounter a range of disciplines and backgrounds through the Faculty Master, House Fellows and House Dean. To learn about their fields of study see I  ntriguing guests scholars, authors, artists, business leaders, scientists, and political activists routinely dine with residents. T  he Houses provide group tickets for campus events such as an international dance troupe at the Annenberg Center, or a renowned civic leader.

T  hough College House faculty are often pre-eminent in their research fields, it is their love of teaching and engaging with undergraduates that draws them to live in residence.

R  esearch fellowships and awards such as the College House Deans Integrated Knowledge Award, the Lucid Award and the Du Bois Endowed Scholarship are bestowed on residents with notable academic achievements, research promise, and community-mindedness. H  ouses with a Board of Managers have a strong leadership team overseeing every aspect of the House, from oversight of caf to the creation of science competitions. H  ouse Councils or Steering Committees play different roles across the Houses advising staff on the allocation of funds, the creation of programs, intramural activities, and more. E  co-reps, Research Peer Advisors, Information Technology Advisors, and other designated mentors within the Houses have opportunities to lead or guide their peers.

We support our residents, academically and personally

H  ouse Deans and some faculty provide academic advising in-House. E  ach House annually awards a $1,000 stipend for one students winning research proposal.

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College House residents do far more than eat, sleep, play, and study. They learn. Each House provides myriad occasions for residents to engage with the talented faculty, staff, and student leaders of the House who are their neighbors.

 rofessional musicians teach and to give recitals through P the College House Music Program. S  tudent research projects, guided by faculty, are House funded, and participation in symposia and related events bring students into the broader research community.

T  he Tutoring Center has satellites in some Houses, where tutoring in Math, Econ, Chemistry, Biology, and other subjects is offered each semester. W  e advise on graduate and professional schools, internships, careers, and fellowships.

residential programs

For many students, particularly first-year students, the idea of living with a smaller community of people who share a culture, lifestyle or interest is very appealing. At Penn, designated floors or sections of the Houses are called Residential Programs. The potential for an enriched residential experience is limitless with so many topics and themes to explore with ones Housemates. Students apply for these programs when completing their housing application. You may request up to two Residential Program preferences and these will be considered your top choice(s). Most of the Residential Programs require essays at the time of application. Your essay should describe your present interests and activities related to the program, the contributions you expect to make, and the benefits you hope to derive from community membership. Applicants essays for the Modern Languages Residential Programs should

describe formal and informal language experiences. Essays should be no longer than 500 words. These essays are forwarded to the House Dean who will review and ultimately make a decision about acceptance into the program, including your room assignment. While your room type preference will be considered, if accepted into a program, you will be assigned to any available space if your requested room type is not available. First-year students enrolled in the Huntsman Program for International Studies and Business must request the Huntsman Program as their first choice of housing. If you are applying to the Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) academic program in the College of Arts and Sciences, you must list the Integrated Studies Residential Program in Riepe College House as your first choice on the housing application. Your second and third choices should be made carefully in the event you are not selected for BFS.

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Arabic House, Casa Hispanica, Deutsches Haus, Maison Franaise Film Culture FCP is devoted to movie lovers interested in expanding their knowledge of the art form beyond just summer blockbusters and Oscar winners. Regular screenings and discussions in the intimate film lounge cover the mediums history and the scope of world cinema today. s

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Gregory's modern language program
MLP is dedicated to students who are interested in acquiring and maintaining competency in a foreign language while gaining new cultural experiences. Our five language houses, four of which offer unique options for academic credit, meet throughout the week for dinners, coffee hours and other engaging opportunities to chat in the target tongue. Arabic House is an entirely student-generated addition to our lineup. Its proud founding residents, Emily Goshey and James Sawyer, observed that the most valuable aspect by far is how it brings people with a common interest in the Arabic language together in a less formal environment than the classroom. Casa Hispanica tends toward the festive, with board games, film discussions, cooking instruction, and culturally-themed videos, but the program also aims to help members advance at least one level of American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language (ACTFL) proficiency standards. Chinese House is not offered for credit, which allows the freedom to explore cultural avenues ranging from calligraphy lessons, wide-roaming discussions of political and social subjects, Chinese New Year celebrations and trips to Chinatown for dim sum. Deutsches Haus also takes full advantage of Philadelphias cultural opportunities, including waltz instruction by the German Society, trips to the Weihnachtsmarkt at Love Park and dinner at Brauhaus Schmitz. Plus candy in your shoes for Nikolaus Day! Maison Franaise is known for its lively conversations, immersing participants in the francophone world through exploration of music, food, art and hot-button contemporary issues. Professor Philippe Met, who specializes in French poetry and cinema, is a Gregory House Fellow who supports this program.

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Music and Social Change Explores the many ways in which individuals use music in their everyday lives to develop who they are and, often subconsciously, to advance their own social and economic position. Planned events include concerts, a variety of community service projects in West Philadelphia, and discussions with academics whose work specializes in the ties between music, social class, race, and economic mobility. l Huntsman Program for International Studies & Business IS&B is the residential requirement for those in the IS&B academic program. l s



Integrated Studies Program A residentially-based intensive liberal arts program for Benjamin Franklin Scholars in the College. l


Franklin Community A community open to sophomores through seniors, dedicated to developing civic leaders for an increasingly democratic and culturally complex world. n Harrison and the Arts For members of Front Row Theater; Film Studies majors; DMD majors; filmmakers; participants in the College House Film Festival; members of the Penn Art Club; History of Art Majors; Fine Arts Majors; and students who have taken Cinema in Residence courses. n
l freshman-only program n upperclass-only program s no essay required for first-years


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Cultural Production and Political Power Explores the modes and media through which Black people produce culture, within cultural contexts, in expressive and aesthetic forms. The program aims to help participants identify the ways these activities shape selfidentity and create community. s

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The Wendy and Leonard Goldberg Media & Communications Program at Goldberg House
The Wendy and Leonard Goldberg Media & Communications Program, nestled in the westernmost end of Fisher Hassenfeld College House in the Quad, is open to students in any major or academic field and provides ample space to live and work. The program is physically situated at the heart of a complex of buildings surrounding the beautiful Bluestone Courtyard Foerderer, McKean, Baldwin, Class of 1887, and Craig known collectively as Goldberg House. The beautiful Foerderer archway marks the entrance to the program, and the nearby Goldberg Media Lounge serves as the principal public space. Named for film producer Leonard Goldberg and his wife, Wendy, the program draws members who share an interest not only in film, but for all forms of communications media, including broadcasting, publishing, journalism, digital media, marketing, public relations, and political communication. The programs event calendar is full and varied. There is the Goldberg Film Series, which focuses on a particular theme, such as the intersection of race, class and education in season five of the HBO series The Wire. Outdoor movie screenings on the beautiful grounds of the upper Quad have been extremely popular. New York City and Washington, D.C. have been favorite destinations for members where they toured the international desk of the Wall Street Journal, visited NBC studios, toured city sites used in movies and TV shows, and explored museums like the Paley Center for Media to hear a panel discussion by writers from The Colbert Report. In Washington D.C., participants toured the Newseum and took in an evening theater show.


Chinese House See Feature Box on page 4.

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Goldberg Media and Communications Program Policy, Politics and Social Change Examines how societal concerns get translated into policy and practice, through discussions, guest speakers and more. The challenges of policy development and implementation, particularly within the context of cyclical U.S. political elections, will be a major focus. l Scientific Adventures This new program provides a supportive and information-based network for students engaged in biomedical research who are specifically focused on gaining laboratory experience. l

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Medical Care and Medical Challenge An interdisciplinary look into non/traditional methods in modern medicine for those interested in health care. Members interact with graduate, pre-health professional students, and faculty at Penn. l s Biosphere: The Active Experience A fun community that seeks to experience the ways that people interact with their immediate environment(s). Members have participated in museum trips, cookouts, canoeing and camping outings, and Earth Day fundraisers. Women in Computer Science A hands-on program to support female students who aspire to enter the field of computer science. This program provides opportunities for social coding and group study in a non-competitive environment. Perspectives in the Humanities For those engaged in art, literature, music, philosophy, performing arts, language, the social sciences, and more. Members initiate and enjoy trips to museums, performing arts events, and walking tours of the city. Science and Technology Wing, or STWing STWing provides the opportunity to advance your interests and to examine the role of science and technology in our society. Members are given the connections, structure and resources (financial and otherwise) necessary to pursue projects of their own interests.



Living Cultures Emphasizes global thinking and provides a cross-cultural living experience, complemented by colorful and challenging activities. Members shape its direction and celebrate the many cultures of the Penn and Philadelphia communities. l

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Mentors Program Participants mentor children in West Philadelphia, devoting at least two hours a week to this, and attend bi-weekly study breaks with faculty to discuss their experiences. Members gain experience in community service while supporting children in West Philadelphia. l


Literature and Culture Program (LitCult) LitCult is new in 2013-14, and serves as a home for dedicated humanists in the Quad. Members will be selected based on a record of prior interest and involvement in literature, culture, film, theater, the fine arts, etc. l Penn Women in Leadership Designed to increase understanding of gender dynamics in academic and professional environments by networking with distinguished Penn alumnae who have achieved success. Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship This program, for students of all backgrounds, explores the challenges and issues involved in starting a business. Activities include visits to businesses and a hands-on start-up project. Study of Infectious Diseases Under the leadership of Dr. Helen Davies, Professor of Microbiology, members gain access to a wealth of science resources at Penn and are invited to take Dr. Davies' undergraduate course on emerging infectious diseases. Women in Science This program aims to increase the participation and success of women in all fields of science. The group works closely with the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Women in Science on sponsoring lectures and programs.

Freshman Experience Acquaints first-year students with many of the resources and points of interest that the University and its surrounding community have to offer. This program serves as an extended orientation program throughout the year. l Sophomore Experience This new program builds on the programming from Harrisons Freshman Experience program and helps connect second-year students as they move beyond first-year orientation programs. n Integrated Living Program Interested applicants should be passionate about the liberal arts and eager to explore a broad range of intellectual ideas through an interdisciplinary lens. There will be a heavy emphasis on dialogue and teamwork. n


Ancient Studies/University Museum Supported by the interdisciplinary Center for Ancient Studies and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the program is for those interested in ancient civilizations, art history, and museum work. Arts House The original House program for the arts that unites students from all backgrounds who share, and pursue, their interest in visual arts, music, theater, and dance through literary journals, videos, mosaics, Gregorian chants and much more. East Asia Program A friendly, diverse, and very active group of students who are interested in the languages, cultures, and societies of Asia, the experiences of Asians and people of Asian descent in the U.S. International Program One of the oldest Residential Programs, members meet other international students, first generation Americans, and others interested in learning about different cultures and ways of living. Latin American Residential Program Established by students in 1985, LARP fosters an appreciation for Latin American languages, politics, cultural expression, and most importantly, a sense of community. Casa Italiana This new program in Harrison provides a residential community for Italian speakers and those who love Italian art, food, culture, politics and history. Fluency in the language is not required.


Jewish Cultural Studies JCS offers opportunities to learn more about Jewish literature, history, culture, and the modern American Jewish experience. It also aims to promote dialogue between the members and the greater House community. n Leadership Program Members learn and practice the skills necessary for leadership roles; assess their present leadership abilities, actively pursue personal leadership development, and build meaningful relationships with other members. n Musical Engagement, in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) This program is for anyone interested in listening to, performing, and composing music regardless of background. Residents have access to a music composition computer station located in the lounge. n Theatre Engagement, in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) Explore acting, directing, improvisation, musical theater, and dance regardless of your academic background. Members participate in impromptu performances called Rodin Happenings. n Visual Arts, in The Rodin Arts Collective (TRAC) Members work with community arts groups, explore the work of curators and arts managers, and visit galleries/exhibits. The shape of this floor experience will depend on the creativity of its inhabitants. n


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Substance-Free Living This option is for first-year students who are willing to make a commitment to maintain a living environment free of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

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Hill's exploring philadelphia program
The aim of Exploring Philadelphia is to help students become true residents of the City of Brotherly Love, comfortable exploring on their own. Many excursions begin on SEPTA, our public transportation system, to familiarize them with the bus, subway, and trolley options. Next stop: cheesesteaks on South Street! Because Penn students have chosen to attend college in the heart of a large urban center, its also vital that they learn the neighborhood, and that starts with the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll an event that proves just how interesting life west of 40th Street can be. Other outings this year have included mini golfing at Franklin Square; College Night with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center; Christmas Village in Love Park; ice skating at Penn's Landing; a 76ers basketball game; bowling in Northern Liberties; First Friday gallery hopping in Old City; lunch at the famous Reading Terminal Market and seeing a production of Les Miserables at the Academy of Music. Our members have appreciated the diversity of activities (sports, arts/culture, sightseeing, etc.) and the wide variety of locations. More importantly, they begin to plan their own social outings around the city identifying new museums that they've heard about, planning their own itineraries via public transportation, and taking note of places that they want to return to on their own time. l

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Exploring Philadelphia Freshman Leadership at Penn Discover what it means to be a leader and whether these definitions change as the world expands in the new millennium. Topics include the examination of different leadership styles, ethics, and moral and civic responsibility. l s

Informal House Programs

Some Houses have traditional programs that are informal or club-like in their relaxed approach to bringing people together. No essay or application is required and the groups are not necessarily based on a floor or cluster of rooms. Three examples are Du Bois FIT, Gregory Runners, and Stouffers Healthy Living which are open to all House residents, and are typically led by an enthusiastic, knowledgeable RA or GA. Rodins Sophomore Surge targets second-year residents in particular, and offers a wide range of programs designed to support their needs and interests. Transfer students may consider Hill College House for the opportunity to meet and get to know their peers, as together they navigate their way through their first year at Penn.

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Du Bois, Gregory and Stouffer, in many ways, represent the ideal College House experience. Because their populations are in the 180-300




range, having both first-year and upperclassmen, residents have a much greater chance of getting to know one another on a deeper level, of building lifelong friendships, and forging closer bonds with faculty in residence. When residents feel a keen loyalty to their communities, they often vow to stay all four of their undergraduate years. Not surprisingly, they have the strongest alumni followings of all the Houses, with stronger Facebook participation and return visits. Penns smaller communities ideally appeal to those who flourish best in private living spaces, with many close friends nearby.



Fisher Hassenfeld, Hill, Kings Court English, Riepe and Ware are traditional Houses with predominantly first-year populations, ranging from 350 to 550 residents, with shared amenities and closer quarters. Penn alumni often state that they made their best friends in their first year. The House architectures vary greatly as do room sizes and amenities. The faculty and staffs are highly energetic and strive to connect with, and lend support to, as many residents as possible. Three of the Houses (Fisher Hassenfeld, Riepe and Ware) are part of Penns historic Quadrangle; Hill is renowned for its Saarinen design, soaring atrium and dining room; and Kings Court English has two conjoined buildings with a private interior courtyard and intimate dining room.

Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin form an impressive trio of high rises that are buzzing with activity, day and night, for the 800 residents




that live in each House. Both Harnwell and Harrison have supportive and popular programs for approximately 200 first-year students who love the idea of apartment-style living. Rodin is a desirable location for sophomores, juniors and seniors, and many residents choose to share living space with already-established friends, and enjoy the restaurants and stores in west campus. High-rise living tends to be more independent, though the faculty and staffs here are nothing short of miraculous in their ability to create fantastic events that bring residents together.



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a unique history and legacy

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in the 2012-2013 academic year, Du Bois College House has a unique history and legacy that instills a sense of pride in both its residents and alumni. This sense of pride is evidenced in the spirit of the residents, as well as in the physical environment of the House. From top to bottom, the House is adorned with majestic reminders of our legacy: a colorful mural in the 4th floor lounge praises our diversity; the walls of the Multi-Purpose Room document the history of the Black presence at Penn, and a multitude of photo exhibits in the Recreation Room applauds the success of staff and student-run conferences. And pride was clearly on display at our anniversary Homecoming Reception when close to 200 alumni from every decade since the 1970s joined dozens of current residents to kick off the Houses celebratory year. Du Bois strives to adhere to its original mission to serve and support students of the African Diaspora by serving as a hub for activities that promote African American scholarship and culture. With the help of our very active student-governing body, the House Council, and a dedicated network of proud alumni, the House achieves this through ongoing programming such as discussions with prominent scholars, the bi-annual Souls of Du Bois Conference, an endowed scholarship, and a library with over 4,000 items of rich cultural and historical significance. The diversity of the House adds to its vibrancy as evidenced by some of the time-honored annual programs and events it offers and co-sponsors with campus partners. This includes the rhythmic African Cultures Celebration, the festive Chinese New Years Celebration, and the Natives at Penns spirited, traditional Pow-Wow. Du Bois College House celebrates the rich mosaic of engaged students and staff from all corners of the world who call this community their home. It truly is the U.N. of UPenn!

sharon roth

My older brother, who lived here for three years, wisely recommended Du Bois for its large rooms, common study areas, 24-hour gym, and great location. I like that Du Bois is only four stories. I met some of my closest friends here and have been inspired by my GAs.



one of the smallest and coziest Houses


Gregory College House is one of the smallest and coziest Houses at Penn. Everyone has private bedrooms and in-suite bathrooms, giving them plenty of breathing space. And yet you can absolutely get to know everyone who lives here. Because we have an overstuffed calendar of events 25 a week, on average! Gregorians spend much of their time at Tuesday night BYOMs (Bring Your Own Mug!), Wednesday night study breaks, and Sunday brunches. Most nights our lounges are full of chatter about movies and often in a multitude of languages, thanks to our Modern Languages and Film Culture Programs. And Film Culture mounts a diverse screening festival of 150 films a year. Gregorians can earn course credit in Cinema Studies, Arabic, German, French or Spanish right where they live, and that is our distinction among the 11 Houses. Our Manager Board, the largest in the College House system, runs the Darkroom caf and purchases group tickets to Philadelphia events. We take pride in being a four-year House where lifelong friendships are built. Our first-year students live together on the top floors of both Van Pelt and Class of 25 and they regularly mix with our upperclassmen who volunteer advice in course selection, majors and much more. Our faculty and graduate associates are key members of this extended family, getting acquainted with everyone through Gregory Greets, a series of gatherings to help new-to-Penn students acclimate to college life.

From midnight snowfights and sprawling hallway blanket fort sleepovers to weekly brunches and study breaks, living in Gregory has always given me exciting adventures, a supportive community of friends, and a chance to really make this house my home. Gregory College House: where you can be as zany as legally permissible.

From the day they arrive, all Gregorians are warmly invited to play their part in this tight-knit community, whether its joining in our favorite traditions or inventing new ones. You can expect to stage a brunch or study break for the House, offer a native dish for International Dinner night, show off your mad skills at Open Mic or the Lucid Performing Arts Night, meet your neighbors on paintball and whitewater rafting trips, flaunt your inner auteur at our 48 Hour student film festival, or wax theatrical at our outdoor bard competition, Shakespeare on the Beach. New ideas are as welcome here as new friends; each generation of Gregorians puts a stamp on the House that remains for four years and beyond.

rachel liu




What is it like living in STOUFFER COLLEGE HOUSE?

nothing comes closer to home

Its waking up one morning and lacing up your favorite sneakers, thinking, "Good thing I'm playing kickball today. I ate way too many cookies last night at Amy and Phil's. Phil is your Faculty Master and his wife Amy is Associate Master; you see a lot of them, their sons and their big, sweet dogs. They bake fresh cookies on Wednesday nights and everyone goes to their apartment. Later, you're playing against Rodin in kickball. Since Stouffer is the winningest House in the College House Cup competition, serious pride is at stake. After that victory, you're hanging out in the lounge. Someone is playing the piano and others are planning a late night Settlers of Catan session. You're thinking back to last weeks cookout on the patio when you helped the four preschoolers who live in the House shoot hoops. At dinner, you join House Fellows Juan and Melissa to practice your Espaol. Back in your single, youre thinking about Steering (the all-resident House Council) meeting next week and whether you'll run for treasurer. You're still not sure what a wyvern is, or why it's the symbol of your College House, but you really do like the House motto Nihil Domo Similius, meaning "Nothing comes closer to home, and youre thinking, Thats right! This isn't just your College House. Its your home. The House is made up of Stouffer Hall and Mayer Hall, both on Spruce Street. Stouffer Hall is divided into six adjoining sections of approximately 22 rooms each, mostly singles. Mayer Hall has roomy apartments, each with its own bathroom and kitchenette. In both buildings, rooms are seasonally air-conditioned in fact, Stouffer is the only small House with air-conditioned student rooms. We also have foosball and pool tables, air hockey, ping-pong, and exercise equipment. Stouffer is obviously unique. Almost all of our programs are entirely free for residents, whether it is a ticket to see the Phillies or a tour at The Franklin Institute. Students legendarily stick with Stouffer and our fiercely loyal alums come back to visit every year. Once a Stoufferite, always a Stoufferite.

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Stouffer embodies its motto, Nihil Domo Similius: Nothing Comes Closer to Home. The whole dorm seems single-minded in the pursuit of inclusion and friendliness. From the countless food-driven events to the frequent field trips and movie nights, Stouffer is always willing to give you something fun to do.


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be prepared to participate!"
Fisher Hassenfeld is the kind of place where you head down any of our historic hallways and are bound to run into a faculty resident, most likely Faculty Master Sandy Schwartz whose study breaks are legendary. Or a lively group headed to the lounge for pancakes. You might see our House Council planning their next big event. In our House, faculty and staff share experiences with students, and integrate social, academic and intellectual elements into everyday life. As a House, we promote engagement in social responsibility, public affairs and public culture. Our RA and GA staffs have weekly breaks so you can stop in and say hi, enjoy some friendly conversation or seek advice. Fisher Hassenfeld is like a comfortable couch you flop onto at the end of the day. Put your feet up and watch a movie, play one of the 25+ games in our game library, or borrow a book. When youre feeling active, you can borrow a bike, throw a Frisbee in the upper Quad, or hit the fitness room. Be prepared to participate! Residents can join small groups to explore the famous and hidden aspects of Philadelphia, share communal dinners and attend wide-ranging informal discussions with national experts. The net effect of this environment is the perfect blend of intellectual stimulation and a relaxed setting. Other popular activities include brunches, movie nights, cooking events, outdoor programs (movies, square dancing, smores n more), Fall Festival, seasonal BBQs and trips to New York and Washington DC. Many residents get involved in the life of the campus, but still come home to FH where they can unwind and engage in the larger community by helping to prepare a meal, or help themselves by getting tutoring in math and bio or writing a paper. We offer an impressive range of amenities, too, including video editing and media facilities, music rooms, and DVD and equipment borrowing programs (bikes, athletic equipment, guest amenities). Aside from the perks we offer and the great spaces, what makes Fisher Hassenfeld so special is the diverse and energetic people who call it home.


Fisher Hassenfeld is more than just a dorm, it's home. I always return to campus, especially after breaks, excited to be reunited with my family, inclusive of everyone from our Faculty Master Sandy, to our Fellow Molly (and her beautiful family), to our House Dean April, to my RA Ramie, and most importantly my hallmates.

rolanda evelyn




the most social House

People travel from all over the world just to stare at Hill College House. Thats because it was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen, who built a grand drawbridge leading into a vast interior courtyard surrounded on all sides by modest student rooms and shuttered communal lounges. This unique structure has a surprising impact on the residents; they respond to the large public spaces by socializing mostly outside of their rooms, as Saarinen intended. The suite life, as it is often called, inspires close interactions with neighbors and provokes friendly competition in athletics, games, and the arts. The most social House, is what students like to say of Hill, or as one survey respondent wrote, More accurately, my suite rocks. There are a total of 17 suites, each with about 20-40 students. Hill is a vibrant, lively community with a big first-year population to whom the faculty and staff are deeply committed. We offer experimentation and fun, given the playful nature of first-year residents and our outgoing faculty who are willing to dress up for the NSO Toga Party or flip pancakes at midnight for students nervous about exams. Hill t-shirts are some of the wittiest on campus. Students clearly help us run the House. Our Manager Board consists of upperclass students who oversee the major operations and activities. First-year students can shape the day-to-day House operations through House Council and various other committees. Likewise, student committees organize community service programs and excursions to New York City, Washington, D.C., and all the famous Philadelphia sites. Theater, orchestra, and ballet tickets are plentiful. Not only are we a campus landmark, we are located near major academic buildings, libraries, retail shops, and athletic fields. Everyone loves the convenience of our dining hall, our working pottery studio and comfortable library where students bring their laptops to work. The Upper East Lounge is a popular social space equipped with a grand piano for cultural and musical programs. The Underground is one of the largest recreational rooms youll find on campus, complete with pool tables, ping-pong tables, air hockey, and a cozy workout facility. Hill provides an energetic, wide open, and supportive home to kick off your first year.

molly ream

I love living in Hill because I can eat in the dining hall, study in the library, workout in the Underground, and hang out in the lounges. The sense of community within the suites made me feel as though I had a second family with my hallmates almost immediately.


kings court english

a rich, fulfilling experience
Life in Kings Court English College House is a rich, fulfilling experience for its residents because of the strong sense of community and the everlasting friendships formed here. In addition to over 350 undergraduate residents, the House is also home to friendly and accessible faculty members who can often be found eating with students in the dining hall, and fully engaged in student activities. In the words of a recent Penn alum: Kings Court English College House served as my home for four years, and I truly believe that the best decision I made was to choose to live here. The community atmosphere and wonderfully positive nature of the residents and staff in the building have helped make my undergraduate experience memorable and most enjoyable. We are home to five distinct Residential Programs including the popular Science and Technology Wing, Perspectives in the Humanities, Biosphere: The Active Experience, the famous Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, and the relatively new Women in Computer Science. These programs will offer you opportunities beyond your coursework to pursue your interests and discover new passions. Kings Court English College House is a safe playground full of possibilities for fun, friendship, peer learning, and leadership skills. It also constitutes a laboratory that fosters debate, knowledge integration, and intellectual growth. After a day of excitement and classroom work, come back home to the pleasant and welcoming atmosphere of our cafeteria, to the beautiful and numerous lounging areas to relax or study, to our award winning courtyard garden for a moment of contemplation, to challenging and fun tournaments in our spacious game room, or to the awesome Mirage Caf on the green rooftop terrace. Join in regular House-sponsored activities such as Sunday brunches, cultural dinners, Penn faculty talks, language tables and happy hours, study breaks, cultural exhibitions, informal student concerts, trips, and intramural games. Our students take the lead in generating and running most of the events such as the Rube Goldberg Competition, Robotics Fair, Lecture series, Penn Author Forum, Garden and Library Clubs, and Tech Times. In our House, follow your passion and you will make a difference!


My dorm at English isn't at all what I expected a college dorm to be in the best way possible! My room is spacious with huge windows that face the courtyard, and I can't not mention the convenience of having a sink. The community here is fantastic as well!

erin beacham




good food, good company

In Riepe College House, we skillfully integrate social and intellectual pursuits, living up to the best and most historic traditions of the Quad. Here, Penn faculty mingle with and get to know our residents in true Ivy League spirit. Our faculty and staff pride themselves on their welcoming spirit. Faculty Master DeTurck, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, offers informal math tutoring, fresh-baked cookies, and piano performances in his apartment. Prof. Rosen, along with his wife Ellen, hosts Sunday Espresso hour, featuring home-roasted coffee, espresso and cappuccino. Prof. Rymes coordinates the highly successful Mentors Program in which members have improved playgrounds, stocked school libraries and boosted pride and self esteem in local grade schoolers. Dr. Diggs-Thompson, House Dean and Anthropology lecturer, along with her staff, are famous for hosting weekly comfort food study breaks, picnics and seasonal theme dinners. The Living Cultures program is guided each year by a seasoned graduate student who emphasizes global thinking and exploration of various cultures. Riepe is also the home of Benjamin Franklin Scholars who are in the Integrated Studies Program; these ambitious first-year intellectuals study topics such as justice, time, and human nature through an interdisciplinary lens. All of which proves that this is the sort of rich and fun collegiate life that should be expected at Penn. Our residents attend Phillies games, listen to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, and visit great art museums. Frequent trips into the historic neighborhoods of South Philly and Old City, as well as fun forays to restaurants specializing in the ethnic cuisines of the citys many immigrant neighborhoods, are offered. While Riepe certainly promotes off-campus activities, life at home is highly enjoyable. There are great traditions such as midnight brunches during Reading Days and final exams and House trips to Opening Night of the Philadelphia Orchestra and to Citizens Bank Park for Phillies games. Riepe features the 11th Hour Grotto (a small snack food concession), five lounges, pool, ping-pong and foosball tables. Whether through casual exchanges or organized study groups, Riepe has a social ease that helps residents bond and thrive.

divya ramesh

I wasnt wrong when I first pronounced Riepe as ripe. Riepe is ripe with wonderful people who coordinate house dinners, power-down challenges, and cookie nights, even paper help and math reviews. Were working on imitating Cheers, flocking the lounges and making Riepe a place where everybody knows your name.


a vibrant intellectual hub
The Quad has housed some of the Universitys finest creative minds since it was built in the late 1800s-early 1900s, including poets Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. In the heart of the Quad, Ware College House is a vibrant intellectual hub within a homey environment, offering a memorable journey to students. Wares faculty and staff work to establish a secure, compassionate and stimulating environment for every student. For example, at our weekly Dinners with Interesting People, Ware residents meet scientific, political and cultural luminaries. Past Dinners have included guests such as Penn Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, who shared his experiences working on health care reform in Washington, D.C.; the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, who engaged students in a conversation about Philadelphias progress toward becoming the greenest city in the U.S.; and a panel of Penn professors, administrators, and students, who discussed economic diversity at Penn. Ware residents can also choose to live in one of our five, unique Residential Programs: Research, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship; Literature & Culture; Study of Infectious Diseases; Women in Science; and Women in Leadership. These Dinners and Residential Programs are just two ways that Ware meets students desires to live the scholarly life and to interact personally with noteworthy members of Penn and our surrounding community. Ware also hosts, among other fun and social events, a bi-annual Taste of Philly event that assembles some of the best food the city has to offer. We show movies under the stars on a giant outdoor screen. And we organize trips to plays, concerts, exhibits, athletic events, and just-for-fun destinations. But vacations on the moon would not replace the most important ingredient of our College House: heart. Ware College House is first and foremost a home, a place where residents form lasting relationships and get the support they need to succeed at Penn.


Its hard to believe that a College House could provide so much, but what Ware affords its residents is neither in the activities nor the social atmosphere but in the caliber of the people who work and live here with the students. That is what makes this home truly mine and the people within it family.

gabriel delaney





from the cosmopolitan to the quirky

Imagine a 24-story castle full of warmth, diversity, and elegance. Thats Harnwell College House. Named after Gaylord Probasco Harnwell, Penns president from 1953-70, our high-rise College House cultivates friendly, open communities in which cultural and intellectual exchange is balanced by civility and mutual respect. Enriched by six Residential Programs, we feature a wealth of artistic and inviting endeavors and a House calendar filled with engaging activities from the cosmopolitan to the quirky. Venerable traditions such as weekly Probasco Family Dinners and the annual Sapphire Ball shine in our Rooftop Lounge with the glorious Philadelphia skyline in the background. Our renowned ukulele consort offers a more casual interaction and informal instruction between senior staff and residents every other week just outside the Caf du Soleil on the mezzanine. Intramurals at Harnwell, too, have never been stronger. Harnwell denizens enjoy a comfortable residence with modern and unique amenities. With one bathroom per suite and kitchens more-often-than-not, apartment-style living fosters privacy, independence, and freedom. A lounge on each floor provides space for residents to mingle or to study, as does a computer lab with adjacent library. Nine pianos scattered throughout the building, along with the only dance gallery in the College House system, infuse our castle with rhythm and verve. Finally, a versatile basement called the Dungeon serves as a small theater and recreation room while housing dedicated practice rooms and a fitness center. Beyond the building, our home is defined by its people. Intelligence, integrity, and initiative are the hallmarks of our RAs, GAs, and Managers, and their dedication and kindness set the tone for our caring community. Whether with us for one semester or eight, Harnwellians flourish in a peaceful environment where responsible citizenship is taken for granted and playful braininess is encouraged daily.

laura santander

Harnwell has been my home in every sense of the word. Really! It is not only because of the caf, cozy rooftop lounge, and suitestyle roomsbut also the 2am coffee conversations, the dedicated program floor communities, and the ever-sweet RA/GAs asking how your day went. Its the Harnwell family that always had me running back.



a big House with a big heart
Harrison brings Penn home to its residents; we cultivate an academic lifestyle that also makes you smile. Harrisonians take their studies and their friendships seriously, underscoring that the life of the mind can be lived with humor, respect, and creativity. We are a big House with a big heart, welcoming all to our events, and taking pride in our diverse programs that regularly include intellectual pursuits, arts, athletics, and many other interests. If you can imagine it, you can build it in Harrison, and the best builders often emerge from Harrisons Freshman Experience program where first-year students arrive new to campus and quickly fit in. We invite them to stay in Harrison for all four years as they learn to build upon their enthusiasm and love of learning in a supportive community. Members of FreshEx often seek House positions in their first and subsequent years such as staffing the House Office, coordinating programs, managing our computer lab, and serving as RAs. Our other Residential Programs also offer smaller, interest-driven communities. Harrison and the Arts, The Sophomore Experience, Casa Italiana, and Integrated Living, bring students together with shared interests to facilitate the seamless transition between classroom and living spaces. Our activities are fun with a sophisticated edge. Harrisons Dinner and Conversation series hosts about 25 Penn faculty members each year. Faculty Master Michael Gamer, undergraduate chair of English, meets weekly with residents as the Career Doctor, operating on students job applications and fellowships; House Fellow Thomas Safley, is Easy Writer, a motorcycle aficionado and undergraduate chair in History, who assists students with academic writing; students also take courses in cinema with House Fellow and Associate Director of Cinema Studies, Nicola Gentili, and House Dean Frank Pellicone serves up Blood, Sweat, and Pasta, By working in Harrison and being an introduction to Italian/American literature, with supplemental programs involved with its Residential including tours of South Philly. Front Row Theater, Harrisons residential acting Programs, I have come to see how Harrison truly manages to form troupe, performs in the Heyer Sky Lounge for the whole campus to enjoy. a community of residents who Harrison Saturday Night guarantees social events every weekend. And when you come together for amazing House need a break, our student-run Caf Prima offers hot coffee, snacks and DVDs.
programming. For me and many others, Harrison is much more than just a dorm, it is our home at Penn.


travis hamilton

If you can imagine yourself living in Harrison, you can imagine building yourself a great undergraduate life here.





a bold spirit drives our House

Rodin College House is named for Penns seventh president, Dr. Judith Rodin, the first woman president in the Ivy League. That same bold spirit drives our House in many different ways. You see it in the bold and sometimes inventive, sometimes hilarious activities we plan, the colorful artwork that appears on our apartment windows facing Locust Walk, the robust week of programs we offer during Move-In, and the emphasis we place on both academic and personal integrity. Student engagement is important here. Our residents manage the High Rise N Shine Caf and House Office (which offers faxing, copying, and DVD rentals), plus our computer lab with workstations and printing services. Members of the Rodin House Council (RHC) have a significant voice in creating policies and a full calendar of events. Students and staff host a bi-weekly study break called Tower Hour and serve First Sunday Brunch in the Rooftop Lounge. Other traditions include Faculty Master Super Bowl BBQ, Dinner and a Show with the Dean series, Welcome Week, Metropolitan Opera and Broadway trips, Residential Program Showcase, and serious participation in IM sports. Likewise, our faculty and staff are very involved, advising students and hosting events, and the House Dean serves as an academic advisor in The College. New to the House in 2012-13 is a weekly series called Rodin_24: 24 Floors, 24 Topics, 1 House, where residents are able to invite members of the Penn community to participate in lively discussions over dinner. The House has also adopted a research agenda, where residents can become Rodin Scholars by participating in a series of workshops designed for any student engaged in writing a thesis or conducting research. Currently, Rodin is for upperclass students only and that makes us unique among the Houses but there is no shortage of students who, after their freshman year, flock to live here. We developed the Sophomore Surge program a few years back to serve the social and career needs of second-year students, which has been a bona fide success. After youve had a great freshman year on campus, you just might find a fantastic second year with us.

nikolai zapertov

People turn green with envy when I say I live in Rodin. Its more than just a living space; it's a support network; a learning experience; a home. For me, Rodin is full of memories, friendly and passionate staff, diverse friends, and unforgettable learning experiences rivaling my academic ones. Best of all, you can always depend on Dean Keytack hes always got your back!


application process

The Department of Residential Services

Congratulations on your admission to Penn and welcome to our College Houses! Penns online housing application is available through the Admissions portal by logging in at (If you have forgotten your user name and password, email To be assigned a room in the first round of room assignments, your housing application must be submitted electronically by May 1, 2013, 11:59 p.m., EST. Neither the date you're admitted to Penn, nor how early you apply for housing affects the first-round assignment process. Those applying after May 1 will be assigned on a rolling, space available basis beginning in June. While housing is not guaranteed, all first-year students can usually be accommodated. Because you will be able to enter up to eight room requests, which are a combination of House and room type, it is important to prepare by learning about the Houses, room types, rental rates, and Residential Program offerings. Consider the number of residents in the House, style of housing, number of roommates within rooms, your personal interests and needs, and the unique characteristic of each community. We strongly recommend you complete all eight preferences and do not list more than 3 preferences in the same or similar Houses such as those in the Quadrangle (Fisher Hassenfeld, Riepe, and Ware). your applications and create your user names (screen names) for the housing portal; 2) Share your user name with your roommate and discuss your housing preferences as all room choices must match. If you are applying to a Residential Program, both roommates must be accepted into the program to be housed together; 3) One roommate may then request the other by entering the roommates first and last name and user name on the application. It must be exactly as it appears on their housing application to be matched; 4) The requested roommate then returns to the housing application and must accept the request. If the requested roommate decides to decline for any reason or not to attend Penn, it is their responsibility to share this information with the requestor; 5) Neither roommate should submit their application without confirming that the other roommate has applied and completed the roommate step. You cannot change or add information once you submit your application; 6) Both applications must be submitted by May 1. If you apply after May 1, both applications must be received within a close time period (1-5 days). If you do not have a specific roommate request, Penn uses a short lifestyle questionnaire to assign roommates. However, whether submitting a specific roommate request or not, matching is not guaranteed as other factors such as room preference and availability play a significant role.

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You must confirm or cancel your housing online at or in writing via email ( or fax (215-573-2061) by June 18 if you applied by May 1 (or by the given deadline if you applied later). Failure to confirm by the deadline may result in cancellation of your room assignment.

Gender Neutral Housing

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Gender-neutral housing is available in all College Houses and Sansom Place. This option allows students to indicate that they prefer to be assigned without regard to gender. Students who request gender neutral housing will only be assigned roommates that make this same request. If you choose this option, you may or may not be assigned with a student of a different gender; the assignment is made gender-blind. If a gender neutral roommate assignment cannot be made, students will be matched with someone whose birth gender is the same as theirs. Gender neutral housing also allows you to request a specific friend of a different gender as a roommate. Both students must request it, and follow the instructions on the application.

When you apply for housing, you will be signing an occupancy agreement a legally-binding commitment to live in campus housing. You are agreeing to pay rent and College House fees for the entire academic year and abide by all University policies. The agreement is available on our website at housing. Please review it, paying particular attention to the cancellation section. There are cancellation fees applicable, even if you decide not to attend Penn, once the application is submitted.

The Occupancy Agreement


You may request one roommate of the same gender by following these steps: 1) You and your roommate must start

Students who have special housing needs because of a serious medical condition or disability should indicate this when applying. You must also complete the Request for Housing Accommodation form and return it by May 1. This form is required and is online at Assignments will be based on medical need as determined by Student Health Services and Student Disability Services and will not necessarily accommodate personal preferences. Students with disabilities are invited to self identify and should do so early to provide sufficient time to accommodate needs. If you wish to self identify or have questions, contact the Office of Student Disability Services, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, 3702 Spruce Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6027, 215-573-9235 (Voice); 215-746-6320 (TDD); 215-746-6326 (Fax).

Special Housing Needs

Transgender and Intersex Students

Penn values diversity and recognizes that transgender and intersex students may have particular needs in their living environment. Incoming students are welcome to contact the Assignments Office to discuss available options that best support their need for a safe and comfortable housing arrangement.

Room Assignment

Applications received by May 1 will be processed together. Residential Program requests are reviewed and if accepted, the student is assigned a room by the House Dean. After this process is completed, those students who did not apply for a program or did not get assigned to a requested program are assigned by a computer process in preference order.

This means the computer reviews all students first-choice requests and makes assignments to the extent possible before moving on the second choices, etc. This gives everyone a chance to receive one of their choices. Due to the popularity of certain locations and limited availability of certain room types, it is possible you may not be assigned to one of your preferences. If none of your preferences is available, you will be placed in any available space in order to secure a space for you on campus. We do not accept room change requests over the summer. There will be an opportunity to request a change early in the semester, if space is available.

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Housing Notification

International Students

Transfer Students

The majority of transfer students live in College Houses or Sansom Place. Generally, housing is available, although room type availability is more limited. You are encouraged to apply early, list up to eight preferences, and vary your selections. You will only be assigned a room if one of your preferences is available. If living on campus is important to you and you are willing to live in any room type, you should indicate this. Note: if you are interested in living on a floor with other transfer students, select Hill College House as one of your top preferences. Sansom Place (refer to housing for more information) and Du Bois College House are two other residences that tend to have larger transfer populations. Room assignments are made on a rolling basis beginning mid-June. You will be notified via email when your assignment is available. It will also be posted on Campus Express and you must confirm or cancel your housing by the given deadline. Cancellation fees will be applied.

Most international students live in College Houses or Sansom Place, but not necessarily with other international students. Once they are settled into their Houses, they quickly find common interests and friends within their living community. For students who are just starting their college experience, it may seem too early to think about second year housing. The fall semester is filled with making friends, adjusting to academic expectations, and discovering all that Penn has to offer. However, by mid-fall, you will begin hearing about next years room selection process, off-campus options and Greek life, and youll need to start thinking about your future. Information about the Room Selection process is posted online toward the close of the fall semester. There are numerous information sessions, informational emails, text messaging and tweets (for those who opt in) before and throughout the process. We strongly encourage you to discuss options and costs with your parents prior to room selection, and pay close attention to all deadlines.

Beyond the First Year

Typically, the third year in a House is a time when residency can become especially meaningful; students assume House leadership positions and bond with faculty and staff. Juniors and seniors may apply to be a member of our highly-rated Resident Advisor (RA) team for which room and board are provided. As students progress through their junior and senior years, some will move into the local neighborhoods. Penns Office of Off-Campus Services provides resources and assistance with the off-campus housing search. It is important to know that on-campus housing is not guaranteed for any student; however, students who are flexible with their housing choices usually can be accommodated. Penn makes every effort to provide housing for all students who want it and their College Houses warmly invite them to remain a part of their communities.

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If your application has been received by May 1, your housing assignment will be available on Campus Express by logging into after June 4 using your PennKey and password. Information on creating your PennKey will be sent in May. (For questions regarding the PennKey, contact

Commuting first-year students receive an automatic affiliation with the Freshman Experience program in Harrison College House; this allows them to participate in House activities, if they wish, and utilize its facilities and various services. At Penn, freshmen are not required to live on campus, but 99% of them choose to do so.


Penns housing selection process has three sequential options, all of which are completed online at myhomeatpenn. early in the spring semester. Students can apply with their friends to live in a Residential Program, return to their same College House (In-House process), or move to another College House (Inter-House process). Reapplying to your same House offers the best opportunity to secure housing and a preferred room type or floor. For the In-House and Inter-House processes, students apply and select their rooms themselves, giving them greater control over specific location and room type. We highly encourage sophomores to live on campus and continue to enjoy the rich community environment offered by our College Houses. Typically, 65% of the sophomore class chooses to do so. Residents who, along with their friends, decide to remain in the same College House for a second year have priority over other applicants to the House. Likewise, choosing to live in a different College House in your second year can expand your circle of friends and deepen your Penn experience.


rental rates





W.E.B. Du Bois

Single room Double room (2 BR/cooktop/fridge)

$4,905 $4,165

$9,810 $8,330

Triple (3 BR/LR/cooktop/fridge)  l Quad (4 BR/LR/cooktop/fridge)

$4,905 $4,905

$9,810 $9,810


Single room  Double room (2 BR) 

$4,905 $4,165

$9,810 $8,330

Quad (4 BR)  l Quad (4 BR/LR)  l

MLP only

$4,165 $4,905

$8,330 $9,810

Harnwell, Harrison, Rodin (High-Rises)


Single room

Harrison and Rodin only

$4,905 $5,994 $4,905 $4,165 $4,165

$9,810 $11,988 $9,810 $8,330 $8,330

Double apartment (2 BR/LR/kitchen) Triple apartment (3 BR/LR/kitchen) Quad apartment (3 BR/LR/kitchen)  l Quad apartment (4 BR/LR/kitchen)

$5,403 $5,403 $4,165 $5,403

$10,806 $10,806 $8,330 $10,806

Single apartment (1 BR/LR/kitchen)  Double (2 BR/LR) Double (2 BR)  l Double apartment (1 BR/LR/kitchen) l
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Single room  l Double room  l

$4,165 $3,926

$8,330 $7,852

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Fisher Hassenfeld, Riepe, Ware (Quad)


Single room  l Double room  l

$4,694 $4,165

$9,388 $8,330

Triple room (2 rooms)  l Triple room (3 rooms)  l

Ware only Fisher Hassenfeld only

$4,165 $4,165

$8,330 $8,330


Single room  l  Stouffer only Efficiency  Mayer only Double room  l  Stouffer only

$4,694 $5,403 $3,926

$9,388 $10,806 $7,852

Double apartment (1 BR/LR/kitchen)  Mayer only Double apartment (2 BR/LR/kitchen)  Mayer only

$4,165 $5,403

$8,330 $10,806 $7,852

Triple apartment (1 BR/living area/kitchen)  l Mayer only $3,926


Freshman may only select these room types. Transfer students may select any.

 Rental Rates shown are pending Trustees approval as of this print date. Final rates may be found at  College House fee: $110 per person, per semester; this fee will not be prorated or removed once a resident moves in.

amenities chart

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H  ouse residents may use all amenities where there is more than one building: Gregory, Kings Court English, and Stouffer.  *Sansom Place East and West is comprised of two highrise buildings on campus with housing for upperclass undergraduates and graduate students (East will not be available for undergrads in 201314). For 2013-14, we anticipate there will be approximately 370 spaces available for undergraduates in Sansom Place. Residents in both East and West are also free to share the amenities and community space. Traditional freshmen are not assigned to Sansom East or West; continuing education students typically live in both buildings. Features of note include: outdoor volleyball court; pool and ping-pong tables; study lounges; mail/ package room; outdoor barbeque patio with tables/ seating and vending machines. See residences/sansom.html.

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Elevator(s) Exercise / Fitness / Gaming Room(s) Floor Lounges, Number of Kitchens: communal Kitchenettes: in-suite Library or Student Lounge Multimedia Room Music Practice Rooms l 3 l

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campus map

kings court english 37th St. 36th St. 38th St. 34th St. rodin Chestnut St. Sansom St. Walnut St. W.E.B. Du Bois harnwell

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services in the houses

College House Computing


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PVN Cable TV Network College House Information Centers

The Information Centers in each House usually in the reception areas are operated by the Department of Residential Services. They are a vital part of each College House, and offer daily services including guest passes, lock out keys, vacuum cleaner and moving cart loans, and support with maintenance issues. It is a 24-hour emergency center and a useful hub of information for residents and guests.

Penn Video Network, the Universitys closed-circuit campus television system, gives College House residents the best of basic Standard and HD programming, plus a whole gamut of special interest channels. From A&E to mtvU to USA, over 60 channels are accessible in each student room and lounge. PVN also offers two 24-hour movie channels that show the latest releases, original independent movies, and even films that Penn professors use as part of their curricula. For technical specifications and other information on Penn Video Network, visit the website at

The ride was great today! I rode over to my babysitting job in Bala Cynwyd. I didn't experience any problems at all. My ride was great. I rode along the river and into Wissahickon Park. Loved the bike. Very convenient. I took the long-about way to Kings Court English and back from Stouffer and it was very smooth. Thanks for the service! I used PennCycle to get from DRL to Huntsman. In a ten-minute period they're impossible to get to on time!

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Every College House is linked to the Internet by a high-speed network connection. Both wired and wireless connections are available in all student rooms and House public spaces. The enthusiastic College House Computing staff hires and trains students to be Information Technology Advisors (ITAs) in the Houses. ITAs provide convenient support for their fellow residents, and can help with almost any computer question, from diagnosing hardware problems to software support and getting connected to the network. There are currently 13 residential computing labs, some with late night hours, and over 40 additional collaborative learning spaces using the latest technologies in every House, supported by a professional staff. Computing spaces are equipped with the most up-to-date software and hardware, including wide-screen monitors, multimedia software, 100MB connections, high quality scanners, and laser printers. For more information, or if you are interested in joining the ITA staff (applications are online in April), see www.rescomp.


While freshmen are required to have a meal plan, Bon Apptit at Penn Dining believes that food service is much more than simply providing sustenance. Dining halls are gathering places for students and faculty and an integral part of the campus experience. Breaking bread together helps to create a sense of community and comfort. Bon Apptit recognizes the important role they fill at Penn and takes great care to demonstrate that by cooking food from scratch with fresh seasonal ingredients; serving a wide variety of menu items at each meal keeping things fresh, fun, and interesting; creating great tasting and nutritious food prepared especially for vegetarian, vegan, and international diners; providing friendly customer service and a warm, welcoming environment to enhance a students overall dining experience; and making socially-responsible purchasing decisions regarding produce, meat, seafood, eggs, coffee, as well as compostable plates and service ware. In addition to our three all-you-care-to-eat dining cafs, Bon Apptit offers a wide variety of retail locations such the newly renovated Starbucks, Gourmet Grocer, Pi, Global Fusion, and Fresh on the Walk in 1920 Commons; Einstein Bagels and Houston Market in Houston Hall; Marks Caf in the Van Pelt Library; Accenture Caf in the Towne Building; Joes Caf in Steinberg-Dietrich Hall; the Caf at McClelland in the Quad; kosher options; and the Farmers Market, located in front of the Penn Bookstore (Wednesdays from May to November).

Before you buy a bike or haul your own to campus, consider signing up for PennCycle, a student-run bike sharing program. A PennCycle membership includes maintenance, a U-lock, a helmet, and access to all bikes at any of our six locations across campus. We offer a variety of plans from a one-time day plan, to a yearlong plan that lets you use one of our bikes as your own. With a PennCycle bike, you can quickly get to class from the opposite end of campus, make it to practice on time, and take trips to attractions in Philadelphia. To sign up, or for more information, visit






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fisher hassenfeld


Penn has been building a vigorous on-campus community since it was founded more than two centuries ago. After the Civil War, Penn moved to its present campus in West Philadelphia, and under the visionary direction of Provost Charles Custis Harrison, a vast, turreted complex of interlocking dormitories called The Quadrangle began to be constructed on Spruce Street. The present-day Quad, an architectural and historical landmark, comprises President Dr. Amy Gutmann Provost dr. vincent price Faculty Director, College Houses and Academic Services Prof. Mark Liberman executive director, college houses and academic servcices Martin w. redman Director of Academic Programs, College Houses and Academic Services DR. Leslie Delauter Photo Credits Gregory Benson Conrad Erb Tommy Leonardi Christina Prudencio Sue smith Adam Weaver Design Anne Marie Kane Editor Sue Smith Assistant Editor Christopher Bogs Online version three College Houses: Fisher Hassenfeld, Riepe, and Ware, all bearing the names of Penns distinguished alumni. In the post-World War II era of expansion, Penn turned to the famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen to design a dormitory for women at 33rd and Walnut streets which today is the co-ed Hill College House. The buildings that are now called Stouffer College House and Kings Court English College House were also built or acquired at this time, and vehicular traffic was banned in the so-called super block stretching from 38th to 40th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets. This enabled the development of a parktrio of skyscraper dormitories Harnwell, Harrison and Rodin College Houses with low-rise buildings, W.E.B. Du Bois and Gregory College Houses, framing the surrounding lawns.

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