Ware College House

3650 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6024
House Office: 215.898.9531  •  Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-7PM • Sat-Sun 12PM-4PM
http://ware.house.upenn.edu • ware@collegehouses.upenn.edu


 "A vibrant intellectual hub"

The Quad has housed some of the University’s finest creative minds since it was built in the late 1800s-early 1900s, including poets Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. In the heart of the Quad, WARE COLLEGE HOUSE is a vibrant intellectual hub within a homey environment, offering a memorable journey to students. 

Ware’s faculty and staff work to establish a secure, compassionate and stimulating environment for every student. For example, every Tuesday evening, Ware residents are invited to an informal conversation over dinner with a featured guest. The dinner guests include leading researchers, authors, entrepreneurs, politicians, musicians, artists, and administrators. Dinner With Interesting People (DWIP) events are a chance to learn about ideas and trends from the people who are creating them — and often, the contacts lead to student internships, research projects, and other life-changing choices. Past Dinners have included guests such as Penn Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, who shared his experiences working on health care reform in Washington, D.C.; the Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, who engaged students in a conversation about Philadelphia’s progress toward becoming the “greenest” city in the U.S.; and a panel of Penn professors, administrators, and students, who discussed economic diversity at Penn.

Ware residents can also choose to live in one of our five, unique Residential Programs: Research, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship; Literature & Culture; Study of Infectious Diseases; Women in Science; and Women in Leadership. These Residential Programs and Dinners are just two ways that Ware meets students’ desires to live the scholarly life and to interact personally with noteworthy members of Penn and our surrounding community. 

Ware also hosts, among other fun and social events, a bi-annual Taste of Philly event that assembles some of the best food the city has to offer. We show movies under the stars on a giant outdoor screen. And we organize trips to plays, concerts, exhibits, athletic events, and just-for-fun destinations. But even vacations on the moon would not replace the most important ingredient of our College House: heart. Ware College House is first and foremost a home, a place where residents form lasting relationships and get the support they need to succeed at Penn.