More than 450 student-run organizations support the varied and robust intellectual, artistic, cultural, social, and recreational pursuits of the Penn community.
Below is just a small sample of your opportunities to explore student life beyond the classroom. Also, if there is not an organization on campus that matches your interests, it is possible to get funding and support to start your own.
On stage or behind the scenes, Penn students are skilled, talented, and active in the world of performing arts. Learn about other ways to celebrate art and culture at Penn.
Penn’s Platt Performing Arts House offers a supportive programmatic home for creative exploration and expression. Platt is home to The Performing Arts Council, an umbrella organization for 45+ student-run comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, and music organizations
Penn’s Chamber Orchestra focuses on repertoire from the Classical period along with some works by Neo-classical composers. The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of musicians from throughout the University community, primarily non-music majors. The ensemble rehearses for four hours each week and performs a diverse range of repertoire drawn from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth Centuries.
The Penn Band is a part of the Department of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. It stands among the largest and most active student-run organizations on-campus, performing upwards of 100 times during the academic year and the guardians of all things 'Red and Blue.'
Enjoy Ivy League, NCAA Division I athletic competition at its finest – whether as a spectator or as a participant, through Penn Varsity athletics. Club sports offer opportunities to practice regularly, and possibly compete against surrounding schools within a designated league or at regional tournaments. Intramural sports are for everyone, from the experienced athlete to those looking to try a new sport. Their goal is to provide fun, safe, and competitive sports programming that appeals to all levels of athletes.
Media & Communication
Get involved in reporting what’s happening on campus or express your creative side.
Get involved as a writer or an editor of one of Penn’s student publications with a focus on poetry, humor, food, politics, travel, and more. Hear from visiting journalists, write your own prose, or simply relax on a couch and listen to a poetry reading at the Kelly Writer’s House, a true home for our literary community.
The Daily Pennsylvanian (DP) is Penn’s independent student news organization. The DP covers news, sports, and entertainment from the University and around the Philadelphia metro area.
Broadcasting online 24/7, WQHS is an entirely student-run radio station. DJs play an eclectic freeform variety of music genres.
Find out how the Penn student builds connections and shared experiences.
Find out how Penn supports students with an interest in service and social impact.
Each cultural resource center at Penn supports a student-led umbrella group, and each umbrella oversees a range of student organizations that celebrate cultural identity.
The Penn community includes students who are the first in their families to go to college and/or who come from low-income households. Penn First is a registered student organization dedicated to creating a campus community for first-generation, low-income (FGLI) students through social events, workshops, and advocacy.
Our fraternities and sororities are held to the highest standards of integrity and respect. They give voice to students on campus, teach leadership skills, and offer opportunities to be of service to the local community.
Penn Student Government (PSG) reaches many corners of student life, from funding hundreds of student groups, to planning social events, guest speakers, and concerts, to advocating on behalf of students on academics and other issues and ensuring that all voices are heard by the administration.
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Discover the 450+ student groups available, from academics, the arts and community service to cultural, political, and recreational.