There are a wide variety of resources available to support students at Penn. Some of the most commonly used resources are listed below.
View the Penn Peer Community Wellness Guide, developed by Penn Wellness, the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition, the Vice Provost for University Life, and the Undergraduate Assembly.
215-898-7021 (Nights and weekends, ask for CAPS counselor on call.)
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.
24/7 “HELP” line, 215-898-HELP (215-898-4357)
A central source for information about police, fire, and emergency services, security services, including walking escorts, and special victim services. Public safety also manages the University’s extensive electronic security infrastructure.
(215) 573-9235; TDD: (215) 746-6320
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.
Student Health Service is a state-of-the-art primary care center dedicated to the health and well-being of Penn students. Student Health 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. The Health Service works in close collaboration with our partners in the University Life Division, and with our colleagues in the University of Pennsylvania Health System to help ensure the health and wellness of the campus community.
Penn Student Intervention Services (SIS) assists the University community in handling emergencies or critical incidents involving the welfare and safety of students.
The staff of the Office of the Chaplain is available to students, faculty and staff for pastoral support, guidance, or informal advising and counseling. The Chaplain, an ordained clergy person, participates in campus ceremonies such as Convocation, Baccalaureate and Commencement and also officiates at weddings and campus memorial services. The office serves and supports a wide range of student organizations, fellowships and religious communities on our campus. They also develop programming designed to improve interfaith understanding and build meaningful, collaborative relationships across religious difference. The Office of the Chaplain also maintains a range of service programming in partnership with faith and community based organizations across the city of Philadelphia.
Part of Student Health Service, Campus Health seeks to empower the Penn community to Live Well through advocacy, education, and action. Campus Health staff focus on a wide variety of healthy living topics including sleep, hygiene, stress reduction, nutrition, exercise, tobacco-free lifestyles and bike safety. Key initiatives include annual flu immunization clinics, which vaccinate more than 2,000 people, and yearlong sexual wellness education through events such as "Sex Camp" and "Sex Jeopardy."
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.