Join Us on Campus
There are many opportunities to experience life at Penn. We recommend taking advantage of all of them. Campus tours, led by current Penn students in the Kite and Key Society, are the best source of information about Penn's history, traditions, and academic opportunities, while information sessions, led by Penn Admissions officers, provide insight into the application process. To delve deeper, you can attend a class or a school-specific information session. Additionally, our staff and students are available in the Admissions Visit Center to answer any specific questions or concerns you might have. There is an energy on campus that can only be appreciated in person, so please make plans to visit soon!
Information Sessions and Campus Tours
Join us for an information session and/or tour of Penn’s campus. The information session is a one-hour long talk given by an Admissions Officer, which covers a general overview of Penn and insight into the admissions process. The campus tour is one-hour and fifteen minutes in length, and is led by current Penn students. Advanced registration is required for all campus visits.
Information sessions for transfer students are available beginning in January through mid-March.
Undergraduate School Sessions
Penn is one University with four unique—yet seamlessly integrated—undergraduate schools. We encourage prospective applicants to participate in school-specific programs that highlight the curriculum, advising, and student experience of a given school in detail.
The College Cognoscenti, current students in the College of Arts and Sciences, discuss what it means to be in the College from an academic and co-curricular perspective in these in-depth information sessions.
Penn Engineering offers a student-led tour of the engineering facilities for prospective undergraduate students. There’s nothing quite like being on Penn’s campus and experiencing it for yourself. There’s a lot to see here, so we offer set times and schedules for taking a tour.
Visit Penn Nursing and find out how its many academic opportunities can help you advance your life. Penn Nursing visits are personalized to your specific academic goals and include a meet-and-greet with school administrations and lunch with a current undergraduate student.
We invite you to visit us and experience our dynamic community firsthand. Register for a Wharton information session to learn more about the student experience from current students in the Wharton Ambassadors or from our academic advisors. At certain times of year, Wharton Coffee Chats may also be available to students who have attended a Wharton information session.
Prospective students are also invited to learn more about the intellectual life at Penn by attending a class during the academic year. Appointments are not required for class visits; simply plan to arrive a few minutes early to introduce yourself to the professor and find a seat. Class visits are available throughout the fall and spring semesters but are not available during the summer.
Chat and Chew Lunch Visits
Do you want to hear from a current Penn student? Do you want to experience what Penn Dining is really like? Join current undergraduates for our lunch visit program. October and November Chat and Chew visits are available only to high school seniors. February and March Chat and Chew visits are available only to high school juniors.
Group visit requests are limited to high schools, community-based organizations, and educational non-profits assisting current high school students (grades 9-12) who may be interested in applying to Penn. All inquiries must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to your requested visit date.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located on the ground floor of College Hall (between 34th and 36th Streets and Walnut and Spruce Streets). As you walk onto campus at 34th and Walnut Streets, you will see "The Button" sculpture on your right and a statue of Benjamin Franklin to your left. College Hall is the building to your left behind the statue of dear old Ben. Walk around College Hall to enter the Office of Undergraduate Admissions from the rear of the building in Perelman Quadrangle.
From 30th Street Train Station
Penn’s campus can be reached from 30th Street Station by foot (it takes 15 minutes to walk from the station to the heart of campus), by cab, or on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line (one stop to 34th and Market Streets).
From Philadelphia International Airport
The Philadelphia International Airport is located in the Southwest section of the city, approximately 20 minutes from the University of Pennsylvania campus. SEPTA offers Regional Rail service, which includes an Airport Line that runs directly to the University City station, which is only a few steps away from Penn's campus.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)—Philadelphia's mass transit system—operates a coordinated system of bus, subway, train, and trolley lines that cover all of Philadelphia and parts of the surrounding counties. Exact change ($2.50), a Quick Trip single ride fare, or a token are required. TransPasses are also available. TransPasses and tokens can be purchased on campus at the Penn Bookstore.
Metered street parking and local garages may be available. As Penn is located in an urban setting, please allow ample time to park and make your way to College Hall. Nearest garages are located at the Penn Museum and at the intersection of Chestnut and 34th streets, and prices vary. Metered street parking is usually limited to two or three hours and costs $2 per hour. Please note that Penn does not validate parking.
Penn's campus is open to visitors any day of the year. Please use the self-guided walking tour to make the Penn experience your own.
Penn in Your Town
Admissions Officers travel throughout the world hosting various programs for current high school students and their families. Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so be sure to confirm the details of the session you are interested in attending as the event approaches.