WHAT IS PENNCAP?  Senior celebration at Sang Kee, April 2016

PENNCAP (University of Pennsylvania College Achievement Program) is part of the Vice Provost’s Office for Student Engagement (VPSE) and  provides a range of academic and personal support programs and services during the academic year, designed to help students acclimate to the academic rigors of Penn and engage with fellow PENNCAP students.  PENNCAP students tend to be the first in their families to attend college.

PENNCAP staff assists students with important life issues, such as identifying personal life priorities, clarifying career objectives, developing a financial budgeting plan, and maximizing their success at Penn.  There are a variety of cultural enrichment activities and academic improvement workshops geared toward helping students achieve meaningful personal and academic goals.  Students who feel they may benefit from the services PENNCAP offers during their time at Penn, are welcome to contact the office to see if they may be eligible to participate in the program.


About VPSE 

The Division of the Vice Provost for Student Engagement (VPSE) was formally launched on May 1, 2020 with the relocation of eight educational access programs – including PennCAP – from the University Life (“VPUL”) Division to the newly created Student Engagement Division which reports directly to the Provost.

This family of initiatives assists scholars of all ages and diverse backgrounds on their quest to reach their fullest potential.

VPSE helps students adjust to campus life and plan their futures through integrated programs, pathways and partnerships.

Federal TRIO programs in VPSE include PENNCAP, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, and Veterans Upward Bound.