PennArts is a pre-orientation program for incoming students sponsored by Platt Student Performing Arts House and the Undergraduate Assembly. During PennArts, students will have a variety of opportunities to learn more about the vast artistic offerings at Penn and throughout Philadelphia.

Participants will have the opportunities to do the following:

  • Learn about academic offerings in the arts
  • Discover Penn’s arts-focused centers
  • Check out Philadelphia art institutions
  • Get information about student clubs and leadership opportunities in the arts
  • Meet new incoming students with a shared interest in the arts
  • Learn about the Penn experience of upperclass student art leaders
  • And more!

PennArts is not designed to build any particular skill or craft, but to be a fun way to explore all that Penn and Philadelphia have to offer.

PennArts is facilitated by upperclass students who have participated in and/or are leaders of arts organizations on campus. PennArts also introduces incoming students to faculty and staff in arts departments and centers at Penn.

Selection Process:

Participants will be selected based upon a careful review of the applications. Each application is reviewed and rated by student leaders of the program, and a consensus is reached. Those invited to participate will need to promptly complete registration forms and submit payment. Students may apply to other pre-orientation programs as well. Students will only be able to participate in one Pre-Orientation Program.

Cost of Program:

Each participant is required to pay $375. A scholarship is available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn.

If you have questions, please contact Megan Edelman, Associate Director of Platt Student Performing Arts House, at