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Health & Wellness

Balance is key. We understand that student wellness is a critical component to thriving at Penn. Our goal is to keep our community members healthy on every level, providing many resources to empower students to achieve a healthy state of balance.

Committing to wellness is a lifelong pursuit, it starts with learning the tools that help you be successful - emotionally, physically, educationally, socially, financially, and professionally! One of the key components to being successful is creating the connections and developing a support system to move you forward.


Resources at Penn to help you thrive:

Wellness at Penn

The Wellness at Penn initiative provides support, resources, and practical tools for wellness across the Penn community. It affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus; and it offers a wide range of opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success.

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Student Health Service

Student Health Service (SHS) is a state-of-the-art primary care center dedicated to the health and well-being of Penn students. SHS provides accessible, cost-effective, culturally-sensitive, and student-focused healthcare, including care for acute and chronic health problems, preventive health services, and health and wellness education. 

SHS also manages the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP), which is offered through Aetna and meets Penn’s insurance requirement.

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Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides professional psychological and psychiatric services to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who need support in fulfilling their academic, social, and personal objectives. Along with health and wellness partners throughout the Penn community, CAPS directly supports student mental health through counseling, crisis management, consultation, education and outreach, and training.

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Penn Violence Prevention

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) is a collaborative program that grew out of the Penn Women’s Center. PVP aims to engage the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking on campus. The goal is to not only ensure students have access to safe and effective resources, but to provide preventative education focused on building healthy relationships, understanding consent, reaching out to friends in need, and being an active bystander. The director works closely with a team of colleagues across campus to provide education and outreach. The Director also serves as a confidential resource for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. 

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Student Disabilities Services

The Office of Student Disabilities Services (SDS), part of the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, provides comprehensive, professional services and programs for students who self-identify with disabilities to ensure equal academic opportunities and participation in University-sponsored programs.

Professional staff evaluate current documentation, determine individual students’ eligibility according to program guidelines, and determine reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with documented disabilities on a case-by-case basis, including academic adjustments, e-text, accessible campus housing, and transportation and parking. SDS also coordinates auxiliary aids and services such as sign language interpreters and Computer Aided Realtime Translation (CART) reporters, as well as the loan of equipment and assistive technologies.

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Penn Recreation

Penn’s Department of Recreation facilities include Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, Fox Fitness Center, Ringe Squash Courts, and the Tse Sports Center Locker Rooms. Graduate students are required to purchase a membership plan in order to have access to the facilities.

Penn Recreation also offers additional services, such as:

  • Intramural sports and club sports
  • Instructional and Group exercise classes: dance, pilates, golf, yoga, martial arts
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Outdoor Adventure programs: rock climbing, bike trips

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Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center at Penn is a hub for information, resources, activities and advocacy for students and post-docs with children. The Family Center provides a forum for student parents to connect and develop supportive networks, and offers a welcoming environment for Penn students, post-docs, caregivers, and children.

The space includes a lounge, a family reading room, and a children’s playroom complete with toys, games, books, stuffed animals; two private lactation rooms equipped with a Symphony breast pump; and community bulletin boards.

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Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives

The Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives oversees critical areas of health and wellness that can challenge the academic success of Penn students. The office comprises alcohol policy initiatives, violence prevention, data collection, strategic project management, and (in a collaboration with Student Intervention Services) proactive crisis management.

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Take Your Professor/Mentor/TA to Lunch or Dinner – The program allows you to take Teaching Assistants, Mentors (including Penn Staff/Faculty), and your Professors out for a free meal!