|3333 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6193
House Office: 215.898.5237 • http://hill.house.upenn.edu
"The most social House"
Hill House is a vibrant residential community with a special commitment to first year students — a commitment shared by an energetic group of upper class students who eagerly choose to live in Hill for its leadership opportunities. The resident Faculty Director, House Fellows, House Dean and Graduate Associates are dedicated to providing residents with personal and professional assistance to successfully transition to University life both intellectually and socially. In addition, internationally renowned architect Eero Saarinen, whose design concept was grounded in the idea of a small village, self-sufficient, inward-focused and protected, designed Hill House. Saarinen designed spaces that foster communication, collaboration and community. This design concept is carried out by the common central gathering space that includes a dining hall, and on the residential floors rooms are arranged into smaller communities called suites with smaller, more intimate gathering spaces. Students are drawn to this community for the sense of belonging and personal relationships fostered by the architecture.
Lively student interaction and friendly competition in athletics, games and the arts characterizes “suite life.” Each of the 17 suites is home to approximately 30 residents and a Graduate Associate. GAs implement programming throughout the year covering diverse topics and interests, as well as provide students with the opportunity to informally explore the various graduate programs that exist at Penn. The Hill House staff takes seriously the special needs of both first year and upperclass students, and provides support and guidance appropriate to each class. Hill is proud to be a self-sufficient, student-run House. The Manager Board consists of upper class students who are charged with overseeing the major operations and activities within the House. First-year students are provided many opportunities to take part in the day-to-day House operation and take on leadership roles in the House Council and various other committees.
Student committees organize community service programs and excursions to New York City, Washington, D.C., and all the famous Philadelphia sites. Theater, orchestra, and ballet tickets are plentiful. Especially helpful are the Majors Dinners that allow students to explore a multitude of academic interests. Guest speakers, such as Governor Ed Rendell and prominent faculty, dine with students in The Gallery, Hill's private dining room. The resident faculty host many events in their apartments including weekly “Smart Cookie” breaks or cupcake decorating where all can simply relax and engage in wonderful conversations.
It is ideally located near major academic buildings, libraries, retail shops, and athletic fields. Hill has a fully functional art studio and a comfortable library where students bring their laptops to work. The Upper East Lounge is a popular social space equipped with a grand piano for staging cultural and musical programs as well as a large screen popular for sporting or movie viewing. The Underground is yet another social space for people to enjoy with a TV, billiard tables, exercise room, and games.