Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends.  More...

2019 New York Trip

Thank you to all the students and alumns who helped make this year's Annual New York Trip a great success. Check out pictures of the day on our new Instagram page.

The Urban Studies Program Gordon Fellowship

Congratulations to this summer's first Gordon Fellows! Use this link to find out more information about the Fellowship.

Urban Studies Research Guide

If you're looking for where to start your Urban Studies research, then look no further. Urbs librarian Deborah Bishov has created a handy Urban Studies Research guide, complete with online text resources as well as mapping tools, U.S. Census data and more. HERE'S THE LINK.

Showcasing Student Work

Students of Urban Research Methods [URBS 200] study the economic, social, and cultural life of a specific Philly neightborhood. CLICK HERE to see student work from previous semesters.

Recent News

  • In Memoriam, Norm Glickman

    Norm Glickman, Urban Studies founder and long-time cheerleader and nudger,  passed away on the evening of May 8 surrounded by his family and close friends.  

    Norm put in place the guiding principles that shaped Urban Studies at Penn in the late 1960's/early 1970's when, as an Assistant Professor in City Planning, he took on a group of idealistic and committed undergraduates interested in studying cities.

  • Congratulations to Gabriella Lott (URBS '19)

    Congrats are in order to Gabby Lott on receiving the James Brister Society Student Leadership Award for 2019!

  • Rest in Power Sharree Walls (URBS '13)

    Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sharree Walls, who was killed by a suspected drunk driver March 2nd in New orleans, where she was living and working. Sharree's obituary shows her deep rooted intention to study, improve, and connect the world around her.

Alumni Achievements

  • Nabilla Ariffin (URBS '13) wins a spot at the 2018 New Faces Convening

    SquashSmarts Community Impact Director, and Urbie, Nabilla Ariffin is 1 of 10 young leaders from ‘global north’ chosen to join 10 young leaders from ‘global south’ for the inaugural 2018 New Faces Convening.

    The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) joint project is uniting social and civic entrepreneurs from around the world to create demand, action and progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Alexa Salas (URBS '17) and colleagues publish article about their President's Engagement Prize project

    Alexa interned and volunteered at Puentes De Saludas in South Philadelphia during her junior and senior years.  Her senior seminar paper took up the question of how the family engagement of Latina immigrants and after-school programing could make a difference in the educational attainment of Latina and Latino immigrant sdudents. She went on to refine her paper for honors.  This article draws on her research and, of course, the experience she and her colleagues have in implementing the program Lanzando Lideres or launching leaders. 

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