(Must have your PennKey to submit an application.  PennKeys are provided to you once you confirm your Penn attendence.  Learn more about PennKeys here.)

PENNacle is a pre-orientation program being offered to members of the Class of 2027 at the University of Pennsylvania sponsored by the Undergraduate Assembly, and the Office of Student Affairs. It is designed to give incoming students the chance to learn about the many forms of student leadership at Penn, to explore options for campus involvement, and to build connections to peers and upperclass leaders.

PENNacle is a four-day retreat which includes active games, structured experiences and lots of discussion, both formal and informal. The program will be facilitated by upperclass Penn students who have participated in the all-campus leadership retreat and hold key positions in a variety of campus organizations. Topics to be covered include group dynamics, leadership style, team-building, campus resources and Penn traditions.

Selection Process:

Each year, we receive more applications for the program than there are spaces available. Participants will be selected based upon a careful review of the applications.  Each application is reviewed and rated by the staff and student leaders of the program and a consensus is reached.  Those invited to participate will need to promptly complete registration forms and submit payment.  Students may apply to other pre-orientation programs as well and then decide which program to attend based upon their selection status.

Cost of Program:

Each participant is required to pay $375.00. A financial subsidy is available to eligible students who qualify for financial aid through Penn.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Rodney Robinson in the Office of Student Affairs at


The 2023 program will run from Sunday, August 20th through Wednesday, August 23rd. The schedule below based on previous years should give you a sense of the types of activities that will be planned.

Day One

8am-5pm               Move-in
6pm                        Dinner with staff and other participants
7pm – 11pm          Get acquainted, Penn traditions, campus quest

(Participants will sleep in their college house rooms on the first night of the program.)

Day Two

8:30am                    Meet for departure from campus
9am                         Leave for Diamond Ridge in Jamison, PA
10:30am – 11pm   Activities, free time, meals

Day Three

All Day                   Initiative games, workshops, network, meals 

Day Four

9am                       Breakfast and wrap-up
11:30am               Depart Diamond Ridge for return to Penn by early afternoon

For additional information, please contact Rodney Robinson in the Office of Student Affairs