Advocacy in the Philadelphia Community & Beyond

At VPSE, our mission is to markedly increase access, participation, engagement, and outcomes of students from cohort groups under-represented in postsecondary, graduate, and professional education by expanding their skills, knowledge, confidence, motivation, and preparedness to successfully navigate relevant application and enrollment processes.

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Creating Change One Person at a Time

VPSE affirms The Penn Compact 2022’s mission to motivate community members to innovate, be radically inclusive, and positively impact their local, national, and global communities.

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Penn Pipeline Programs

Penn’s 12 Schools, University divisions, and centers provide high-quality learning experiences that promote learner community introductions to, and immersion in, Penn, Philadelphia, and global scholarship, research, arts, and cultural institutions/initiatives.

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Upcoming Events

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Resources for Penn Students

Explore the wide variety of programs and services available to support current students at Penn.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (MMUF)

The fundamental objective of the MMUF program is to increase the number of underrepresented students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue Ph.D. programs in core fields in the humanities and selected social sciences.

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Penn Knowledge is Power Program (PennKIPP)

PennKIPP is an innovative partnership to recruit, support, and mentor extraordinary, Penn-matriculated, alumni of Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP).

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Resources for Philadelphia Pre-College Students

VPSE helps K-12 students prepare for college through integrated programs,
pathways, and partnerships.

Talent Search (TS)

Helps first-generation students from modest income families in Philadelphia successfully complete high school and enroll in postsecondary school.

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Rising Scholar Success Academy (RSSA)

PennRSSA’s series of free pre-college access programs help prepare Philadelphia high school students for postsecondary success by providing access to high-quality college preparation and career programming.

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Summer Mentorship Program (SMP)

The award-winning SMP’s mission is to provide Philadelphia public and charter school participants with immersive academic experiences in Penn graduate and professional schools.

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Upward Bound (UB)

UB is a college preparatory program designed to motivate and prepare students for the successful pursuit of a four-year college education.

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Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS)

Motivated high school students engage in STEM programming including science and math supplemental instruction, college prep, and STEM immersion activities.

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Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)

VUB is a free, college preparatory program that provides eligible veterans with services that help them enter and graduate from the college of their choice.

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Join Our Team

The Division of the Vice Provost for Student Engagement (VPSE) is currently seeking applicants for a number of available positions. Interested applicants should visit here.

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