Academic Initiatives

Theme Year

Explore the 2020-21 Provost's Theme Year website and learn about local resources, faculty and fellow students doing research in innovative fields, related courses, and events.

Penn Reading Project

Learn about Penn Reading Project for 2020-2021, discover the author(s), and look up additional resources.

Take Your Professor & Host Your Class Programs

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.

First-Year Experience (FYE)

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.

Second-Year Experience (SYE)

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 2023 to provide support for Career Development, Engagement in Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities, Selection of Academic Opportunities, and On and Off-Campus Living.

NSO Preceptorials

New Student Orientation Preceptorials are a series of informal, non-credit seminars on assorted topics which offer a unique way for first-year students to “Zoom in at Penn” and take a closer look at the cultural, social, and intellectual environment at Penn. This year, all NSO Preceptorials will take place in a virtual format.

Apply to be a NSO Preceptorial host by filling out the registration form here.

If you have more questions about NSO Preceptorials, please view our FAQ here.