Is there financial assistance to attend a Pre-College Program?

Yes, discounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and aid will be awarded based on available funds. Please contact if you are interested in requesting aid to one of our programs.

What’s next after I complete the online registration form?

The Office of Facilities & Events will send you a confirmation email once your registration form and registration fee have been received. Two weeks before the start of your program, you will receive another email welcoming you and filled with information about check-in, meals, what to bring, check-out, and more.

Will I have a roommate?

Yes, participants may have up to three roommates. Our residence halls are divided by gender, and we match participants based on program and academic grade year. If you’re attending with a friend or sibling and want to room together, make sure you both list each other’s name on the registration form, and we will do our best to put you in the same room.

Where will I stay on campus?

Overnight participants reside exclusively in Rose Street Commons. We have full-time, live-in staff who provide interaction, supervision, and help ensure the health and safety of our participants. Rose Street Commons is air-conditioned and room configurations vary by hall. View floor plans.

What do I eat while at Penn College?

Your registration fee includes all meals and an evening snack. Meals take place in various locations on campus, including the Keystone Dining Room, Capitol Eatery, Le Jeune Chef Restaurant, and catered special outings. Dietary restrictions are accommodated. Your welcome email will detail what meals are provided each day during the program.

What if I don’t feel well or hurt myself?

Penn College is committed to providing a safe and fun environment for all of our participants. Nurses, College Police, and/or EMTs are available at all times throughout your stay. Health and safety protocols are in place to notify parents if a participant needs medical attention.

Are participants chaperoned?

Participants are supervised at all times. During the day, participants are in workshops with faculty and staff. In the evenings, program staff supervises activities and down time. All Penn College faculty and staff working with participants have current background checks and comply fully with the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law.

What are the overnight program rules and policies?

All participants and parents must read and sign the Overnight Pre-College Program Participation Waiver & Rules document. Rules include:

  1. Housing Condition- The staff is aware of the condition of your housing at check-in. If you notice damage when you check-in, please bring it to the attention of the staff so you are not held responsible for damages. Participants will be billed for any new damages that occur. Please make sure your area is clean and all trash is removed when you checkout. Furniture in the residence halls is not to be removed from the halls, nor is it to be moved from one room to another within the hall.
  2. Driving to Penn College- Participants are not allowed to drive or ride in personal vehicles during the dates of their scheduled camp unless they receive specific permission to do so from the Program Director. Participants must turn their car keys in to the Program Director for the duration of the program.
  3. Pre-College Program Attendance & Participation- Participants are to remain on campus for the duration of the program unless program activities require otherwise. If a participants needs to leave campus for any reason, the Program Director must receive prior written notice from a parent/guardian and grant specific permission. Participants must attend all workshops, classes, and planned social or recreational activities. Full participation is the only way a participant can gain real value from the program. Participants must abide by rules and guidelines set by the instructors for each academic facility in use.
  4. “Lights Out”- Participants will abide by nightly curfews and “Lights Out” announcements from the Program Director or staff. Participants must be in their OWN room at “Lights Out” and remain there until morning.
  5. Property Protection- Penn College is not liable for theft, destruction, and loss of money, valuables, or other personal property. Penn College cannot be responsible for personal property left behind by campers after the date of their departure. Please be sure to take a “walk-through” of the apartment before you depart.
  6. Alcohol, Drugs, Firearms, Explosives and Weapons- Alcohol, drugs, firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind are not permitted in the complex at any time.
  7. Animals- Keeping, feeding, or harboring any animal is prohibited with the exception of guide and service dogs.
  8. Tobacco & Electronic Cigarette Use- Tobacco and electronic cigarette use is prohibited in on-campus apartments except in designated outside smoking areas.
  9. Visitation- Persons of the opposite sex are not permitted to be together in assigned residence halls or apartments (unless accompanied by a chaperone).
  10. Keys- Keys are issued to each participant at check-in. There is a $50 charge for each key lost or not returned at the end of your stay.

What do I need to bring?

Prior to the Pre-College Program, you will receive a welcome email with a detailed list of items you need to bring. Packing lists vary based on the program you are attending. Please contact us if you have questions about what to bring.

Overnight participants need to provide their own:

  • Bed linens/blanket/sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)

Additional suggested items include: alarm clock or watch, sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, raincoat or umbrella, backpack, hair dryer/curling iron/flat iron, and snacks/drinks.

What should I wear?

Dress is casual and includes what you would be allowed to wear to school. Some programs require certain footwear, long pants, or a nice outfit for a special dinner. In your program welcome email, we will indicate if you need to bring any special clothing items.

What will I do in the evening? Do we have free time?

Yes, free time is scheduled every evening. Participants come together for special activities such as movie night, ice cream social, theatre performances, karaoke, bingo, and more!

May I bring my cell phone?

Yes, cell phones are permitted but must be used during appropriate times and should remain off or on silent during program workshops. Parents, please note, when participants are in workshops, they will not be able to answer their phones.

Should I bring spending money?

Spending money isn’t required; however, participants will have access in the evenings to FUEL (an on-campus convenience store). FUEL will offer snack items, drinks, pizza, and limited sundry items. Souvenirs will be available from The College Store; t-shirts average $12 with sweatshirts averaging $30.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

If you cancel your registration prior to June 1, you are eligible for a 100% refund. No refunds are awarded after June 1.

What happens if my program is cancelled?

If your program is cancelled, we will help you in selecting another program or refund your entire registration fee.

What if my program is full?

We can place you on a waiting list and will contact you as soon as a space becomes available.