There are so many ways to make the most of your time here at Penn and involvement with a student organization or national professional association is an excellent place to start. Broaden your skill set and have fun while you collaborate with others to build your professional network.

Join a student organization

Alpha Iota Gamma

The first and only professional healthcare fraternity at the University of Pennsylvania, ΑIΓ serves as a professional, academic, and social foundation for students interested in healthcare.

Asian Pacific American Nursing Student Association (APANSA)

APANSA seeks to resolve the unique challenges, obstacles, and responsibilities specific to Asian Pacific American nursing students, nurses, and the communities they came from.

Community Champions

Promoting healthy lifestyles in the Philadelphia community through initiatives that are culturally relevant and fun but also impact the community.

Doctoral Student Organization (DSO)

DSO supports doctoral students through professional and social activities which enhance educational experiences while promoting integrity of character, leadership, and organizational skills.

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

GSO fosters a sense of community among the Master’s students at the School and provides opportunities for social, academic, and professional development, and networking.


HUGS is a community that helps foster deeper relationships amongst Penn Nursing students through vulnerable conversation. We want to hear how you’re REALLY doing!

Minorities in Nursing Organization (MNO)

Changing the face of nursing by promoting cultural awareness in the healthcare community through community service and providing social and academic support to our members—open to all nursing students.

Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health provides students, nurses, and midwives with education and resources to become skilled care providers and social change agents in sexual and reproductive health and justice.

Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP)

As the main undergraduate student organization, SNAP provides studying tips, career advice, and information on study abroad, pursuing a ​minor or dual degree track, securing an externship, submatriculation, and more.

United Community Clinic

This free health clinic is coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students from the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work and provides health checks, physicals, dental care, optometry, social work consults, insurance sign ups, and other services.

More ways to get involved

Penn Nursing Students Serving on School Committees

The School of Nursing Bylaws include a list of standing committees that require student representation. Contact information for student representatives on School Committees can be accessed here. Updates will be made as students are appointed.

Student Organization Handbook

Penn Nursing student organizations are expected to follow the Student Organization Resource Guide.

Student Journals

Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship (JNDSS)

University Organizations

Undergraduate Students - Visit the Office of Student Affairs
Graduate/Doctoral Students - Visit the Graduate Student Center

Professional Nursing Organizations

American Nurses Association (ANA)
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
National Student Nurses Association
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society