How can I join the University Club at Penn?


Dear Benny,
I recently went to a colleague’s art opening in the Burrison Gallery in the University Club and wondered how I could become a member of the Club. Is there a fee for membership or can anyone just sign up? —Art (and food) lover

Dear Club-goer:
There is an annual membership fee for the University Club, located on the second floor of the Inn at Penn, 3611 Walnut St. For faculty, staff, graduate students, and associate members, it’s $65; for emeritus faculty and retired staff, it’s $50; and it’s complimentary for new faculty and staff for the first year. A department, division, or school may also apply for membership. 

Membership privileges include free coffee and pastries from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Monday through Friday during the academic year. Lunch for members, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., costs $12.95 and includes a buffet with daily specials of soup, salad, rolls, made-to-order sandwiches and entrees, desserts, and beverages (weekly menus may be found on the Club’s website). You may also reserve the Hourglass or Lenape rooms for a private event, and receive a 10 percent discount at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and the University Living Room at Penn.

With a Club membership, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the Association of College and University Clubs and gain access to more than 100 university clubs in the U.S. and around the world.

In addition, you’ll get invited to special events at the Club—including Burrison Gallery artist receptions—as well as tastings and chef’s dinners.

And every time you go to the Club, you can swing through the Gallery, which features photographs, paintings, and other work from members of the University community and West Philadelphia. Artists interested in displaying work should contact Jerry Porter, chair of the Burrison Gallery, at

To apply for a Club membership—and for those who need to renew—visit the University Club online at Membership cards are usually processed and mailed to the billing address in two weeks.

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