Academic Initiatives

Explore the 2019-20 Provost's Theme Year website and learn about local resources, faculty and fellow students doing research in innovative fields, related courses, and events.
Learn about Cathy O'Neil's Weapons of Math Destruction, discover the author, and look up additional resources.
Opportunities for students and faculty to engage in casual conversations over a meal help break the ice, foster good relationships, and even improve what goes on in the classroom.
NSO is just a week, but the First-Year Experience continues all year long. Join your fellow first year students for a number of activities meant to ease the transition into college and provide a fun venue for making new friends and learning about out great university and what it has to offer.
Penn’s Second-Year Experience (SYE) program is designed specifically to address the unique needs of second-year students. SYE highlights existing programs and creates new events. It features collaborations between faculty, staff (both academic and student affairs), and student leaders such as the Class Board 2022 to provide support for Career Development, Engagement in Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities, Selection of Academic Opportunities, and On and Off-Campus Living.
Preceptorials are non-credit seminars led by faculty and some distinguished guest lecturers, available to Penn undergraduates in Fall and Spring semesters to supplement the curriculum. The program is designed to foster an interactive, conversational experience with no grades or tests. The goal of Preceptorials is learning for learning's sake in an experience often outside the classroom.