Community Involvement

Inspired by what Benjamin Franklin called "an serve mankind," Penn weaves civic awareness and action into campus life.

Penn’s Economic Impact on Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tops $14 Billion

An independent report outlines the University’s wide-ranging impact on the state, city, and region’s economic development and prosperity, especially as a major employer, developer of significant capital projects, purchaser of goods and services, and hub of research and innovation.

The Netter Center is Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs, including academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.

Office of Government and Community Affairs
OGCA manages relationships with government and community leaders, advocates for policies and legislation consistent with the University's goals, and shapes local engagement initiatives.

Community Service Initiatives

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Courses, internships, and other academic programs that incorporate community service into the curriculum.

电竞竞猜官网Penn's community service hub, promoting student citizenship and outreach to the community.

Information for faculty and staff interested in participating in community service through Penn.

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Information and services for prospective and current homeowners and renters.

Penn Resources & Facilities Open to the Public
A comprehensive list of campus facilities and activities that are open to all.

Penn & Philadelphia

电竞竞猜官网Philadelphia—a historic city and vibrant cultural center—infuses Penn with the energy of urban life. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy cultural offerings that include museums and galleries, theater, dance, music, historical landmarks, and the cuisine of renowned chefs.

To fulfill Penn's commitment to local engagement—an important part of President Amy Gutmann's —Penn collaborates with local communities on many bold initiatives. Penn seeks to promote safe neighborhoods, attract and support area businesses, encourage homeownership, and improve public education. The oversees a powerful array of projects and programs, with multiple initiatives to improve West Philadelphia education, including developing early-childhood reading and math skills, raising interest in science, and bridging the digital divide. Other programs include Community Arts Partnership, which place an artist-in-residence in the West Philadelphia schools, supports after-school programs, and fund a Penn-West Philadelphia arts exchange called the Foundation.

电竞竞猜官网In the spirit of Penn's commitment to putting knowledge to use, many students, faculty, staff, and alumni contribute time to these initiatives. A broad range of undergraduate and graduate Academically Based Community Service courses combine intellectual learning with active involvement.