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.
A Spirit of Cooperation
Penn is an incubator for emerging companies, especially in technology and biotechnology, and Philadelphia strives to provide a favorable environment for developing businesses. Penn itself is one of the largest employers in the area. Philadelphia's government and business community share a spirit of cooperation with Penn to keep the city strong and thriving.
To fulfill Penn's commitment to local engagement- an important part of President Amy Gutmann's Penn Compact- Penn is collaborating with local communities on many bold iniatives. Penn seeks to promote safe neighborhoods, attract and support area businesses, encourage homeownership, and improve public education. The Center for Community Partnerships 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 the Community Arts Partnership, which places an artist-in-residence in the West Philadelphia schools, supports after-school programs, and funds a Penn-West Philadelphia arts exchange called the Foundation.
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 community involvement.