Undergraduate Students

A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review

A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.

Tina Rodia

Counselors at Student Financial Services help find success, not stress

As grant-based aid packages—bolstered by named scholarships—have helped Penn welcome more students who come from lower-income households, Student Financial Services (SFS) has ramped up its ability to assist their academic journeys, especially during the pandemic when students needed more support than ever. That includes having two counselors—Silvia Hanks and Jodi Wagner—who specialize in serving highly aided students at Penn.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The Wall Street Journal

What I wish I knew as a college freshman

Anjalee Bhuyan, a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, advised college students to pursue opportunities that bring meaning and joy into their lives, rather than simply striving to build a strong resume.



University of Penn nursing student co-creates product to help frontline workers care for patients in the dark

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a senior in the School of Nursing, spoke about the wearable nightlight he helped develop. The invention allows nurses to check on patients at night without turning on bright white lights. "On average, patients regularly report poor quality of sleep as their number one complaint during hospitalization," he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn students have helped send more than 13,000 letters to front-line workers

Undergraduate students Rupa Palanki and Preethi Kumaran worked with peers to found an initiative to send letters of appreciation to front-line workers during the pandemic.


The New York Times

College student’s simple invention helps nurses work and patients rest

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a senior in the School of Nursing, collaborated with a nurse to invent a wearable LED that nurses can use to illuminate their work without waking sleeping patients. “I would say it’s been through COVID that this kind of innovation came to life,” he said. “It highlights the really important message that frontline health care workers and patients really deserve more support now more than ever.”


Morning Edition (NPR)

4 teams head into finals of collegiate a cappella championship

Penn Masala is among four teams heading into the final rounds of an a cappella championship, singing a mashup of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” and the Bollywood song “Ilahi.”


The New York Times

Meet Chloe Gong, one of the year’s best-selling authors

College of Arts and Sciences senior Chloe Gong of New Zealand was interviewed about her best-selling book “These Violent Delights,” a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet.”