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. 

A Message to Penn Faculty and Staff

November 11, 2020 - The last nine months have tested everyone’s resolve and demonstrated your unwavering commitment to support the University’s mission of education, research, and service.

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

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 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.

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:  

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: 

Updates on Penn College Houses

August 12, 2020 - To the Class of 2024:

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 - From Wendell Pritchett, Provost, Craig 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 From Amy Gutmann, PresidentWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President  

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 Covidgrants@upenn.edu.

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.