Announcements

A Message From the Provost and Executive Vice President

November 18, 2020 - We are grateful to every member of the Penn community for your patience, resilience, and creativity as we navigate the global pandemic. The situation continues to evolve from day to day, bringing both positive news about vaccine trials and worrisome news about infection rates. 

Note about Upcoming Holiday Travel

November 9, 2020 - Dear Student, As we enter the final weeks of the Fall semester, we know that many of you are eager to reconnect with families and loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. We are writing to offer recommendations and suggestions to help minimize any risk of COVID-19 curtailing your holiday plans:

Planning for Penn’s Spring 2021 Semester

October 30, 2020 - We write to provide you with the University’s current plans for the spring semester, which will begin on January 20, 2021.

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

October 1, 2020 - Looking ahead to the spring semester, the University continues to closely monitor developments related to the pandemic. We are regularly consulting with city, state, and federal agencies as well as our world-class health system in assessing options through multiple committees and working groups.

An Update on the Health and Safety of the Penn Community During the Fall Semester

September 11, 2020 - The health and safety of our community remain our highest priorities. As we complete the second week of the fall semester, we continue our strong commitment to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread within the Penn community. This message provides an overview of the tools, including testing, that we have and will use during the fall semester. Our primary tools to minimize person-to-person transmission are: * wearing facial coverings * staying physically distanced * washing our hands

A Message to Penn Students

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.

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 Undergraduates

August 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: 

A Message to Penn Undergraduates

August 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:  

Updates on Penn College Houses

August 12, 2020 - 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.

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.

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 From Amy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Message on Summer Programming and Budget Considerations for Fiscal Year 2021

April 13, 2020 - The guiding priority of the University, from the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been to protect the health and safety of Penn students, faculty, staff, postdocs, patients, and visitors. Moving to a virtual learning platform and depopulating the campus in a matter of days required an unprecedented effort. We are profoundly grateful to everyone at Penn who contributed to facilitate this extraordinary transition.

A Message to Penn Undergraduates

April 9, 2020 - We have decided to extend the deadline for all undergraduate students, across the four undergraduate Schools, to change the grade type in any course for the Spring 2020 term.

An Update on Housing and Dining Credits

April 9, 2020 - We understand you have been waiting for an update on Penn’s approach to crediting housing and dining fees for the remainder of the semester. Penn has been working around the clock to support students in this challenging time, and we thank you for your patience while we determined the best approach to processing these adjustments.

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