Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL)

VPUL enhances the ability of Penn students and other community participants to reach their fullest potential through diverse academic, personal, and professional development experiences. VPUL is home to numerous other resources and centers, from academic and career support to campus activities, health and wellness programs to community engagement.


Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs has responsibility for student activities and governance, University Life leadership programs, and campus-wide special events such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Spring Fling, Hey Day and Ivy Day. Visit the OSA Calendar of Events.


Assembly of International Students (AIS)

The Assembly of International Students is a student group at the University of Pennsylvania that is run and represented by students of global backgrounds, whether international or not. AIS organizes activities including International Student Orientation, mentorship programs, social events, conferences and alumni networking events, and the Student Ambassador Program.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center is a home for sexual and gender minorities and their allies at Penn. Not only does The LGBT Center offer peer mentorships, tons of space to study and socialize, and a calendar full of events, they are also a social and political hub for the queer community on campus, hosting over 25 undergraduate and graduate student groups. Check out iQueer, a special section of the LGBT Center Website for LGBT students with international backgrounds.

Student Organizations

More than 450 student-run clubs and organizations support the varied intellectual, artistic, cultural, social, and recreational pursuits of the Penn community. Search the student organization contact list to find a club you are interested in. You will discover organizations like Penn Rangoli, the Indian Association at Penn, and the Penn Chinese Students’ Association.


Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA)

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) is the official student government body for graduate and professional students at Penn, representing over 10,000 students across twelve graduate schools.


College Houses & Academic Services

The eleven College Houses bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students to form vibrant residential communities within the larger context of our renowned urban campus, right in the heart of historic Philadelphia.  As a division of the Provost’s Office, the mission is to bring the academic life of the classroom into our living spaces.


Undergraduate Assembly (UA)

The Undergraduate Assembly (the UA) is the elected, representative organization of undergraduates at Penn, charged with improving life for all students through funding, services, and advocacy.