With nearly 26,000 students and 18,000 faculty and staff (before you include the Health System), the University of Pennsylvania is a vast community – many of whom are or will be the first in their families to receive a bachelors’ degree and beyond.
Penn First Plus Ambassadors
P1P Ambassador Training was created to further enhance faculty and staff knowledge and skills on topics that have direct impact on first-generation and/or lower-income students’ college transition, academic success, and sense of belonging on campus. The faculty and staff listed below have completed this four-hour experience and are open to having discussions about and supporting you through the experience of being the first person in your family to pursue a college degree and/or be from a lower-income background.
- Penn First
Organization for students who are first-generation and/or from lower-income backgrounds, providing social, academic, and professional development events.
Organization for queer students who are first-generation and/or from lower-income backgrounds.
Organization for students who are both queer and APIA (Asian Pacific Islander American).
- The Collective Success Network
Student organization promoting professional and career development opportunities for the first-generation and/or lower-income community.
- Questbridge Scholars
The on-campus community for students who arrived at Penn through the Questbridge Match program.
- FGLI International
Organization for international students who are first-generation and/or from lower-income backgrounds. The link is directly to their GroupMe, which is being used for all communications.
- FLITE (FGLI in Tech and Engineering)
Promotes community and access for first-generation and/or lower-income student interested in technology and engineering.
- FGLI Dean’s Advisory Board at the College
Advises the Undergraduate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences on matters affecting FGLI students.
- Penn Common Cents
Penn’s first undergrad personal finance club seeking to mend the financial literacy knowledge gap seen across the U.S. We are a national organization headquartered at Penn with a branch at NYU holding innovative events that make personal finance interesting and inclusive for all.
- FGLI Program
Provides support services and guidance to assist students in balancing their academic and personal lives.
Provides supplemental academic advising and programming for students who enrolled at Penn from a KIPP charter school.
- Penn College Achievement Program
Home to the Pre-Freshman Program, PennCAP also provides supplemental academic advising and programming for students who did not participate in PFP, but wish to opt-into the advising program.
- La Casa Latina
Penn’s community center for Latinx students.
- Makuu Black Cultural Center
Penn’s community center for Black students.
- Pan-Asian American Community House
Penn’s community center for South Asian, East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander students.
- LGBT Center
Penn’s community center for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and/or queer, etc.
- Penn Women’s Center
Penn’s community center promoting gender justice.
- Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program
A post-matriculation scholarship and mentorship program for students in the humanities and social sciences. An application is required,
- Civic House
Penn’s center for civic engagement and social justice education.
- Platt Student Performing Arts House
Penn’s center for student-led performing arts productions.
- Fraternity and Sorority Life
Advises Greek Letter Organizations at Penn.
- Student Affairs
Provides centralized advising and support for all campus-wide student organizations.
- SEAS Student Organizations
Student organizations in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
- School of Nursing Student Organizations
Student organizations in the School of Nursing.
- Wharton Student Organizations
Student organizations in the Wharton School of Business.
- Kelly Writers House
Community house for students with deep interest in their writing craft.
- International Students and Scholar Services
In addition to immigration support for international students, also provides community and leadership development programming.
- Office of the Chaplain
Provides space and community for religious and spiritual observance while also advising a number of faith-based student organizations.
Alumni Engagement and Community
- Penn First Plus Alumni Relations
Penn First Plus Alumni relations coordinates programming and networking opportunities for Penn graduates who were among the first in their families to attend college, and/or had limited resources as undergraduate or graduate students.
- Penn FLASH
Penn FLASH is a networking program for current first-generation and/or lower-income students to connect with alumni for purposes of networking and advice on their academic and/or professional pathways.