The University of Pennsylvania is an extraordinary collegiate community with the twelve College Houses at the center of the undergraduate experience. The Houses bring together undergraduates, faculty, staff, and graduate students to form vibrant residential communities within the larger context of a vast, urban campus.
We invite students, staff and faculty to engage in our dynamic communities, whether on a voluntary or compensated basis.
Professional Staff in Each House
Each House has one House Dean who essentially runs all day-to-day operations including the supervision of RA and GA staffs. Most have advanced degrees and serve as academic advisors and mentors to their residents; many teach at the University as well. Each House also has a talented House Coordinator who work directly with residents and assists in the complex challenges of making the house run smoothly.
Faculty in Each House
Each House has one Faculty Director, a tenured professor drawn from the diverse Schools of the University, and two College House Fellows (some senior Universtiy administrators serve as fellows as well) who assist in bringing academic life out of the classroom and into the homes of students. Faculty in residence also serve as mentors while inviting colleagues from various disciplines into the House for informative dinners and lectures.
Paraprofessional Student Staff in Each House
There are over 200 RAs and GAs in residence to plan activities and assist students with a wide range of issues. They also serve as academic mentors and guides to campus resources. All Houses hire a team of House Managers who assist with everything from running the House website to managing events and facilities to running House Council and the House cafes. Students also provide in-house computing help through the Information Technology Advisor (ITA) program (learn more by clicking on the menu item on the left).
Volunteer Student Positions
On a volunteer basis, The PHINS (Peers Helping New Student Orientation) are a highly mobile and extensive team of move-in and orientation leaders who apply for, and receive thorough training for, these coveted positions. Applications traditionally open up in early spring. To learn more about PHINS, see https://www.nso.upenn.edu/.
Throughout the year, representatives from each House meet with the Executive Director of College Houses; this volunteer group is called the Residential Advisory Board. Participation is by selection of the House Dean, and each year, RAB establishes subcommittees to address issues of particular interest such as facilities, or residential services. Interested residents may contact Executive Director Martin Redman at email@example.com.