Updates on Penn College Houses

August 12, 2020

To the Class of 2024:

We are excited to welcome you to Penn, with the fall semester only a few weeks away. We know that many of you are disappointed that you will not be able to live on campus this semester. We share your disappointment, and we promise that we will do everything we can to sustain not only our educational mission but also our vibrant campus life and traditions. We also write to re-emphasize the university policy that all first-year students are required to live on campus, unless explicitly told otherwise, and will be required to do so this spring, should public health considerations allow us to repopulate the dorms.

Our initiatives are beginning right now, as we get ready for our virtual New Student Orientation and Convocation this month. And they extend to your College Houses, which are eagerly preparing to welcome you to your new communities even if you are not in residence. Our Faculty Directors, House Deans, Graduate Associates, and undergraduate Resident Advisors will be reaching out to you from your College House with more information about house traditions, mentorship, activities, and virtual communities. New Student Orientation, the Penn Reading Project, and the Year of Civic Engagement will also provide great opportunities for you to begin to create the communities and friendships that will shape your four years at Penn. In fact, this year’s Project will, for the first time, begin in New Student Orientation and then continue all year, so you will be able to connect with your group across both semesters.

We believe strongly that the College House experience is central to what makes Penn special. That is why, starting with your Class of 2024, we require all first- and second-year students to live on campus. This will continue to be true when students return to living on campus, even for students who may already be choosing to live in Philadelphia this semester.

We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead and welcoming you to the Penn community!


Beth A. Winkelstein, Deputy Provost

Marie Witt, Vice President for Business Services

Lisa Lewis, Faculty Director of College Houses and Academic Services

Last Updated 09/23/2020 - 14:56