Campus & Community

President Amy Gutmann offers condolences to the Virginia Tech community

The University of Pennsylvania extends its heartfelt condolences to the Virginia Tech campus community. The thoughts and prayers of Penn's students, faculty, and staff are with the victims and families affected by Monday's horrifying and tragic events.In the wake of campus violence elsewhere, it is natural to ask questions about safety here at Penn.

Statement on Citibank Loan Program

The University of Pennsylvania has agreed to modify one of its student loan programs, which is offered by Citibank, in response to a recent inquiry made to the University by the New York Attorney General. Penn will reimburse all participants who borrowed from the Penn CitiAssist program for fees paid by Citibank to the University.

Actor Kal Penn to Teach at the University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Kal Penn, star of the new film "The Namesake" and known for his role as Kumar in the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," will be a guest instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.  He will teach two undergraduate courses in the spring semester of 2008 tentatively titled "Images of Asian Americans in the Media" and "Contemporary American Teen Films."

Jacquie Posey

Penn's Latino Coalition to Work on Taller Puertorriqueno Community Garden

Penn's Latino Coalition to Work on Taller Puertorriqueno Community GardenWHO:Latino Coalition of the University of Pennsylvania WHAT:Flower planting, figurine painting, garden restorationWHEN:March 24, 200710:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.WHERE:Taller Puertorriqueno Garden2721 N. 5th St.Philadelphia

Jeanne Leong

Penn Sets Tuition for 2007-2008 Academic Year

PHILADELPHIA -- Total undergraduate charges for tuition, fees and room and board at the University of Pennsylvania will increase 4.9 percent for the 2007-2008 academic year, bringing the total cost of an undergraduate year to $46,124.  The increase was approved today by Penn's Board of Trustees.

Ron Ozio

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

University of Pennsylvania Health System names insider as new CEO, succeeding Ralph Muller

Kevin Mahoney has been named CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. President Amy Gutmann praised Mahoney’s “profound personal commitment to Penn’s ambitious vision to build the academic health system of the future.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Head of Morris Arboretum retiring after more than 42 years, a rare tenure in botanical world

Paul Meyer was profiled for his 42-year career at the Morris Arboretum, which was transformed under his leadership. Still, he remains modest. “I played a role, but it’s a team of people. ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants,’” said Meyer. “That’s been my philosophy.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

The push is on at college career centers: They work with students earlier and alumni decades later

Career Services’ Barbara Hewitt spoke about Penn’s lifelong support for alumni seeking career guidance.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Amid marketing and social-media onslaughts, Gen Z women have to find ourselves

Sophomore Claire Sliney of Los Angeles wrote an op-ed about efforts by women of her generation to “develop our own authentic identities in this world inundated with nonstop content and manipulative marketing.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

How UPenn cut counseling wait times in half without hiring more counselors

Meeta Kumar and other Counseling and Psychological Services staffers spoke about their efforts to increase access to mental health care on Penn’s campus. To cut wait times in half, administrators studied data and student complaints, empowered frontline employees, and helped counselors balance their caseloads.