arts and culture
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, in addition to being the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.
Learn more and plan your visit to the Penn Museum.
Academics are an important part of your application, but we also want to know what you’re like outside the classroom. The Activities section of your application offers our Admissions Committee a glimpse into what excites you, what you’re passionate about, what responsibilities you have at home, and some of the ways you’re contributing to your community.
Read More about Extracurricular Activities.
Whether you are continuing a lifelong love of music, theatre, dance, and fine art, or you are new to creative expression, Penn is just the place to take your next artistic steps.
Read More about Art & Culture at Penn.
Supported by dedicated faculty advisors, students may pursue more than one Penn degree, still graduate in four years, and enjoy an active life beyond the classroom.
Learn more about earning multiple degrees.
At Penn, we believe that students benefit from seeing the world through a variety of perspectives and from charting a course that matches their unique academic and career goals.
Click here for the full list of Majors & Minors.
Penn's commitment to the written word goes far beyond the classroom. Kelly Writers House is a unique programming space that is home to over 150 public programs and projects every semester. These unique opportunities include events such as live poetry, readings, film screenings, lectures, dinners, art exhibits, musical performances, workshops, and so much more. Additionally, the creative writing program at Penn highlights and supports student work both from students who are enrolled as Creative Writing majors or minors and students who are taking the courses for fun.
Learn more about Kelly Writers House and creative writing at Penn.
The Office of the Chaplain supports the academic mission of the University by facilitating and encouraging initiatives concerned with the moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of university life. The Spiritual and Religious Center (SPARC) provides space for regular prayer, scripture study and meditation sessions for individuals and groups. Spaces can be reserved in advance or used on a drop-in basis. Our Office serves and supports a wide range of student organizations, fellowships and religious communities on our campus. We also develop programming designed to improve interfaith understanding and build meaningful, collaborative relationships across religious difference. And our Chaplains are always nearby to offer support or space to talk.
Learn more about spiritual and religious life at Penn.
Our campus was created with the student in mind—our four undergraduate and twelve graduate schools, three teaching hospitals, and 100+ research centers are all within a 10-minute walk of each other, so you have easy access to the entire University and unlimited opportunities to explore.
Creative writing at Penn allows students across all four undergraduate schools the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and earn credit by taking courses in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, journalism, children's literature, and more. The creative writing program also works closely with the Kelly Writers House to bring world-renowned authors to campus to share their work, meet with students, and the Philadelphia community.
Learn more about Creative Writing at Penn.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of all the Penn programs. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.