Campus & Community

Holi marks a celebration of spring and community

A celebration of Holi on Friday, April 1 brought students together to throw color powders symbolizing the triumph of good over evil, as well as Penn’s multicultural pride and community.

Penn Today Staff

Talking energy at Penn

Energy Week 2022, hosted by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, runs April 4-8. It includes student presentations, along with conversations about renewables, energy and the war in Ukraine, and much more.

Michele W. Berger , Lindsey Samahon

35th annual Women of Color at Penn award

The Women of Color at Penn held their 35th annual award ceremony with a virtual celebration hosted by the African American Resource Center. This year’s awards honored six women who have fostered and supported community.

Kristina García

Coming together for Ukraine

In an event hosted by Penn Global and the Office of the Chaplain, Ukrainian students, faculty, and staff, as well as American and international members of the Penn community gathered at Perry World House in a show of solidarity.

Amanda Mott

In the News

Foreign Policy

The tragedy of Robert McFarlane

Perry World House Fellow John Gans writes, “During his two years as then-President Ronald Reagan’s third national security advisor, [Robert] McFarlane aspired to wield power on the level of his most famous predecessor, Henry Kissinger. But McFarlane proved both too ambitious and too ineffective to wield it in accordance with the law, and instead he became embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.”


Inside Higher Ed

Record applications, record rejections

Admissions Dean Whitney Soule comments on students engaged in academic research during their time in high school, many earning national and international accolades for research.



Princeton, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania withhold Class of 2026 acceptance rates

Princeton University, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania have also decided to refrain from releasing detailed admissions statistics. The remaining five Ivy League universities—Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth—have made their traditional admissions announcements. 


The Wall Street Journal

Some Ivy League colleges to play down how selective they are

Admissions Dean Whitney Soule said drawing attention to the acceptance rate of Ivy League schools like Penn does more harm than good, distressing applicants and their parents. “We’re focusing not on how hard we are to get into but on who these young people are that we chose,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Richard Perlman has donated $10 million to Wharton, his alma mater, to aid entrepreneurs

Alumnus Richard Perlman and his wife, Ellen Hanson Perlman, have donated $10 million to the Wharton School to support Venture Lab, a student center for entrepreneurship.