Giving Priorities: Undergraduate Education

Enhancing Undergraduate Education

The College of Arts and Sciences embraces the responsibility of providing an education that matches the talents of its outstanding students. We respond to the needs of students in a new century in many ways—from integrating theory and practice to developing interdisciplinary programs to preparing students for their professional careers through internship programs. Your generosity will help us strengthen existing programs and develop new ones, with the goal of enabling our students to become leaders in their chosen fields and thoughtful, engaged citizens of their community, nation, and world. In order to enhance our capacity to meet the needs of students in a new century, the School is seeking to raise support for a variety of undergraduate initiatives.

These funds will allow us to strengthen existing programs and develop new ones that will enrich education at Penn and serve as models for other universities and colleges.

There are many programs that support innovation in undergraduate education at the College. The Integrated Studies Program (ISP), for example, builds a powerful liberal arts foundation for incoming freshman accepted as Benjamin Franklin Scholars. ISP students live together in Riepe College House and take two innovative double-credit courses that ask them to consider broad topics from a range of perspectives in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The College Alumni Mentoring program connects students and alumni so that students can learn about potential career paths and alumni remain connected to life and learning at the College. Across the College, we seek to match motivated students with research and professional internships.

To learn more about innovative programs at the College and how to support them, contact Laura Weber, Assistant Vice Dean of Advancement, lweber@sas.upenn.edu.