For Students

The Penn Reading Project, sponsored by the Council of Undergraduate Deans, creates an opportunity for the Class of 2021 and Penn faculty from all disciplines to share a unifying intellectual experience through a single text, film, or painting. This year's selection is Walter Issacson's The Innovators.

All freshmen are required to attend an introductory presentation featuring Penn faculty. Later in the afternoon, freshmen will meet with their small groups for a 90-minute session to discuss their essays submitted through Canvas and The Innovators with a faculty discussion leader.

With the kick off of PRP 2017, the Office of New Student Orientation and Academic Initiatives will launch the Year of Innovation, featuring programs and events intended to engage the entire Penn community in exploring innovation and the many ways it shapes our lives. Visit the theme year website for more details at


Access The Innovators and more PRP information below: