Welcome Class of 2018 Parents & Families!
A Welcome from the Director
Dear Parents and Families:
On behalf of the Office of Parent Outreach and Development/Penn Parents, I would like to welcome you and your family to the University of Pennsylvania! As new or returning Penn parents, you are important members of the Penn community and we want to provide you with connections and opportunities that will enable you to be involved in supporting your child’s success as a Penn student. Given that your child is embarking upon his or her academic career and student life as an independent adult, we recognize that this may be a time of transition for you and your family. Therefore, we want to provide you with information that will enable you to develop your own unique relationship with Penn as the parent of a Penn student. We know that the college years are a special time for your child and while there may be moments of challenge please know that you are joining a community filled with experienced faculty, staff, students and other parents who are eager to support you in this journey. We are committed to partnering with you as you assist your child in having a rich and rewarding experience at Penn.
I encourage you to get involved and attend Penn events on campus and in your home region because involvement will strengthen your relationship with the University and enrich your experience as a Penn parent. Please do not hesitate to contact the Penn Parents team if you have a question or concern and know that we look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at Penn events. I am honored to be able to welcome you and say how happy we are to have you as a member of the Penn community!
All the best,
Kenya LeNoir Messer, Ed.D.
New Student Move-In 2014
Thursday August 21 (9am-5pm) & Friday, August 22 (9am-3pm)
Students will be given their assigned move-in date and time by logging onto Campus Express during the summer. For more information, please visit the Residential Services site.
New Parent and Family Orientation 2014
August 21 and August 22
Penn Parents is proud to present transitional programming for new parents and families during Move-In. Attendance is not mandatory. A schedule of events will be posted over the summer on the Penn Parents website and an invitation and registration information will be sent via email in the summer.
University Life at Penn offers five programs for incoming students in advance of New Student Orientation. Applications will be available beginning May 15 with a deadline of June 26. You may apply to more than one program and decide later which to attend if you are accepted to several. (Other pre-orientation programs sponsored by specific departments with different timelines and procedures include but are not limited to: Advancing Women in Engineering).
For more information, please visit the VPUL Pre-Orientation site.
New Parent Resources and Guides
Penn Parents along with our partners around the University have teamed up to provide new parents with the following resources:
Supporting Your Child at Penn: A Guide for Parents and Families
Important Dates 2014-2015
Click the link above for helpful questions and answers for new parents.
University Offices & Services
Event schedule will be updated in the late summer. For a glance at last year's offerings, please visit the Office of Student Affairs Family Weekend webpage.
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