COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATE - Looking Ahead to the Spring Semester

October 1, 2020 - A Message from:Amy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President We are enormously grateful to our students, faculty and staff for the outstanding start to the fall semester. Our Penn community has risen to the challenge of these unusual circumstances, finding new ways of learning, working, and talking together in an online environment as we navigate through this worldwide pandemic.

Updates for Healthy Living at Penn

September 3, 2020 - As we move into this long weekend, we want you to have all the tools and information you need to make safe and informed decisions for yourselves and each other. For those of you living on or near campus, please note that the Philadelphia Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines for college students, asking them to avoid social gatherings with people outside their households.

A Message to Penn Undergraduates

September 1, 2020 - Welcome to the first day of classes! The Penn community, in this unusual year, is as innovative, resilient, and creative as ever. We are interconnected across the country and around the world. We did not choose the conditions of this semester – yet our extraordinary Penn students and faculty are already making the most of it, bringing to virtual learning the same rigor, passion, and engagement that we look forward to seeing back on our campus as soon as possible.

A Message to Penn Faculty and Staff

August 31, 2020 - Over the past six months, Penn staff, faculty, and students have faced the formidable task of navigating life in a new and uncertain context. We thank every Penn faculty and staff member for your commitment and dedication to the work that is moving the University forward during one of the most challenging chapters in our history. 

A Message to Penn Undergraduates

August 14, 2020 - Aug 14, 2020 - Welcome to the fall semester! We are excited to start working with you, and we promise to do everything we can, in the months ahead, to advance your education and ease your concerns. All of our professors, advisors, and TAs will continue to be widely available both in and out of the classroom, through office hours and virtual appointments. We will also survey students throughout the term so that we can respond and adapt to any new issues that may arise. As the semester begins:  

Update to all Graduate & Professional Students for Fall 2020

August 11, 2020 - To:  All Graduate and Professional Students Aug 11, 2020 - By now you may have seen the University-wide communication to undergraduate students with additional announcements about the fall semester. We’d like to follow up with information specific to graduate and professional students.

Revision to Fall Semester Plans Regarding On-Campus Housing, Tuition and Fees

August 11, 2020 - A Message to the Penn Community fromAmy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice PresidentJ. Larry Jameson, Dean, Perelman School of Medicine andExecutive VP University of Pennsylvania for the Health System  

Update to Undergraduates on Plans for the Fall Semester

July 31, 2020 - FromWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President   When we announced our plans for the fall semester last month, we indicated that we would provide updates as new information became available regarding the pandemic and the University’s operations. Today we write to provide you with the latest information on our plans for the coming academic year.

Update of Important Information for Graduate and Professional Students

July 31, 2020 - Graduate and Professional Students –

Penn’s Response to Recent Federal Government Changes in Rules Governing International Students

July 7, 2020 - Penn is deeply disappointed by the most recent announcement that the federal government will not extend the online course maximum waiver that it put into place this spring. That waiver helped hundreds of thousands of international students across the U.S.

Penn’s Plans for the Fall Semester

June 25, 2020 - A Message to the Penn Community June 25, 2020 - The events of the past four months have shown us, more than ever before, the profound importance of our shared communities. In March, our on-campus community became a virtual community, dispersed across the world. We began to live literally apart, our faces covered. Then we were powerfully reminded of the fragility of our human community, of the bonds that can both bring us together and tear us apart, in relation to the most significant issues of social equity and racial justice.  

Information on Emergency Grant Assistance Fund

June 9, 2020 - The Penn COVID-19 Emergency Grant Assistance Fund is now closed. For questions regarding submitted applications, please email

Process for Retrieving Your Belongings

May 21, 2020 - We are writing to inform you of the next steps of the retrieval process for items in your College House.

A Message to the Community on Our Ongoing Planning Efforts

May 21, 2020 - With the semester’s end and our moving, bittersweet virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 only days behind us, we are writing to update you on our planning and preparations for the fall.  At this time, predictions for the fall of the pandemic’s progression and our society’s capacities for testing, contact tracing and treatment are sufficiently uncertain that we cannot say with perfect clarity what the fall semester will look like.

Thanks to Penn Faculty for the Past Semester and Thoughts on Planning for the Fall

May 20, 2020 - With Commencement now behind us, we wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank each and every one of you for the absolutely outstanding job that you did in moving your coursework online and for ensuring that our students had a rich and fulfilling conclusion to their academic year. This was a monumental achievement, done on very short notice, executed with grace and unwavering determination. We have always been extraordinarily proud of Penn’s faculty, but never more so than today.

Thanks to Penn Staff for the Past Semester and Thoughts on Planning for the Fall

May 20, 2020 - With the spring semester and Commencement now behind us, we wanted to reach out to every member of the Penn staff to offer our profound thanks for the extraordinary job that all of you have done in helping the University navigate the enormous challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Pennsylvania’s 264th Commencement

May 13, 2020 - In recognition of their achievements and the extraordinary circumstances the Class of 2020 has faced, we are committed to celebrating Commencement like we have never done before. On behalf of the Trustees, Officers, and Deans and their faculties, we would like to invite all members of the Penn community to join us in a very special – and fun – online celebration of the Class of 2020 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

An Update on Housing

May 11, 2020 - In order to prepare for the time when we will be able to safely unite you with your possessions, we have been working diligently to develop a thorough retrieval plan to address the wide variety of needs of our residents. We’ve been inventorying rooms, ensuring the safety of belongings, and coordinating with campus partners and outside vendors to inform our future direction, and our intention is to update you on our plan before the end of the month.

Message to Penn Faculty and Staff Regarding University Operations

April 29, 2020 - Since March 16, 2020, Penn has been operating in an unprecedented environment. We commend the dedication, ingenuity, and humanity demonstrated by members of Penn’s community. Thank you for all of your hard work and your patience as together we navigate this extraordinary time.

Planning for the Fall Semester

April 27, 2020 - As we approach the end of the spring semester, we write to update you with the latest information on our planning and the important elements that will influence the decisions about how we move forward during this pandemic.

Penn Will Not Apply for CARES Act Funding

April 23, 2020 - As is true for all universities in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the University of Pennsylvania. Penn has experienced a substantial increase in costs to support students in the move from campus to online learning, combined with lost revenue across many areas of the University.

A Message to Undergraduate Students Regarding Summer Savings Grants

April 21, 2020 - Around the world, individuals, families, businesses, and institutions are facing the immediate financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many of you have concerns about the summer. While some employers continue to offer remote work—including Penn’s summer work-study program—various other opportunities are no longer available, leaving undergraduate students and their families who are eligible for need-based financial aid without essential summer income that they had been anticipating.

Support for Graduate & Professional Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020 - We write today because we know that this crisis has also impacted graduate and professional students in other ways, and we want to share several new initiatives to address these broader issues and provide you with support both immediately and in the longer term.

A Message of Hope from Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Benoit Dubé and University Chaplain Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard.

April 16, 2020 -  

Finding Meaning Amid Misfortune

April 14, 2020 - In an audio message, President Amy Gutmann urges the Penn community—from Camden to California, Canada to Kuala Lumpur—to make the very best of this new way of life.