Welcome New Quakers!

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Pennsylvania! We are happy to welcome you to the on-campus community at Penn. Please use this website to learn more about the people and initiatives that make New College House a home to 344 Quakers.


New College House (NCH) opened in August 2016 to 344 members of the Class of 2020. Those students came together as a community, led by a dedicated staff of Faculty, Graduate Associates and Resident Advisors, to begin contributing to a young but rich tradition of dialogue, support, and celebration in our house. The inaugural class of residents led us in the process of selecting the house motto: "Semper ad meliora" or "always onward toward better things." Our motto serves as a reminder to consistently challenge ourselves as individuals and as a community to learn, grow, and build on our strengths.


In 2017, NCH joined Stouffer, Gregory, and W.E.B. DuBois College Houses as a 4-Year Community and home to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We hope to welcome our freshmen and engage our upperclassmen through involvement opportunities, conversation, and social activities in the spirit of Global Citizenship and our values: leadership, diversity, sustainability, and research. 


Our residents are the most important part of the NCH community. Your energy, ideas, and action contribute to a vibrant college house experience. You are essential to making NCH an extraordinary place to live and learn.


I hope you find our website informative and helpful as you make choices about on-campus housing. There is more to explore about College Houses & Academic Services as well! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




Trina N. Sokoloski

House Dean

Welcome To New College House

Welcome to New College House, Penn's first College House built for the 21st century!

We are Scholars. Celebrating the ‘Life of the Mind’ is a key element of our community. Faculty Director Cam Grey and House staff will facilitate a variety of opportunities for residents to learn about research practices, connect with academic leaders and explore intellectual topics.

We are Sustainable. The University of Pennsylvania is committed to ensuring a sustainable future by making environmentally mindful decisions in the present. Staff and students will learn about ways to promote a healthy world environment, economy and society while celebrating our LEED Silver Certified home.

We are Citizens. Participating in our world entails collaboration, compromise, and community involvement. Graduate Associates and Resident Advisors will bring students together through numerous activities to help forge supportive relationships while learning about our local and global world.