Applications will be available on July 1st.

We will be returning to an in-person format for the 2021 programs.

(Must have your PennKey to submit an application.  PennKeys are provided to you once you confirm your Penn attendence.  Learn more about PennKeys here.

PennQuest is an outdoor orientation program being offered to 120 first-year students entering the University of Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Office of the Platt Student Performing Arts House, with the support from the Undergraduate Assembly. The goals of the program are:

  1. to foster positive relationships with other students,
  2. to develop personal skills and self-confidence to meet the challenges of a college career and other life experiences, and
  3. to develop an appreciation for our natural environment.

PennQuest is a four-day outdoor experience at a base camp before leaving for backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. First-year students will be divided into groups with each group led by two team leaders who are upper-class students. Participants sleep in tents on the trail for two nights. Tents are provided. Backpacks and sleeping bags are required for each participant and can be rented from PennQuest if needed. 

Selection Process:

Each year, we receive more applications for the program than there are spaces available. Participants will be selected based upon a careful review of the applications.  Each application is reviewed and rated by the staff and 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 and then decide which program to attend based upon their selection status.

Applications are due by July 14th 11:59pm ET. Be on the watch for email updates!

Cost of Program:

Each participant is required to pay a program fee of $395. Financial assistance is available to anyone who receives any aid to come to Penn. Please check the bottom of the application to be considered.

If you have questions, please contact Laurie McCall at LMCCALL@UPENN.EDU.