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

NCH 2019-20 T-Shirt Design Contest!

Submit your design for the 2019-20 New College House t-shirt by Wednesday, April 24 at 10am! Submissions will be voted on at the NCH Next Fest event on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The winning design, determined by majority of resident votes, will be featured on the t-shirts for 2019-20 residents of NCH.

Submission form: https://forms.gle/UYxeVtqs6Zmhb3uu9​

Contest Rules:

- residents who currently live in NCH and those who will live there in 2019-20 may submit designs
- designs should include a maximum of 2 colors, with the background color as the t-shirt color
- one design submission per person or group
- a group may submit a design; if selected, group members will share the award
- the design should comply with policies for New College House, College Houses & Academic Services, and University of Pennsylvania and should be a positive representation of the NCH community
- the design should comply with copyright laws
- the winning design will become property of New College House, College Houses & Academic Services, and University of Pennsylvania
- the submission deadline is Wednesday, April 24, at 10am.

NCH Information to Consider; it is not required that this information is included or represented in your design

- house colors: blue and white
- house mascot: Phoenix
- house motto: semper ad meliora
- house values: global citizenship, leadership, cultural diversity, sustainability, research
- for more information about New College House visit new.house.upenn.edu
- the house crest is included as a reference point below


The winner(s) will receive a $100 Amazon.com shopping spree.  Additionally, winners not living in NCH for 2019-20 will receive a t-shirt and any associated promotional items.

Learn Why to Apply for a Fellowship to Fund Graduate Study in the United Kingdom


SUBJECT: Learn Why to Apply for a Fellowship to Fund Graduate Study in the United Kingdom

Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) is hosting three events in April for students interested in learning about earning a graduate degree in the United Kingdom on a fellowship through the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Gates, Thouron, and other awards listed in CURF’s Fellowships Directory.


What is it like to earn a graduate degree in the United Kingdom (and How can I do it)?

Friday, April 12, Noon

Location: CURF’s Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor of the ARCH Building

Learn about opportunities to earn a graduate degree in the United Kingdom from current Penn students and students studying at Penn from the UK.

Recipients of the prestigious Thouron Award will share their experiences of applying for the Thouron, as well as their motivations in deciding to spend a year or two after graduation earning a graduate degree in the UK.


Meet a recent recipient of the Marshall Scholarship!

Thursday, April 18, 5:00pm

Location: CURF’s Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor of the ARCH Building

Ryan Henrici earned his PhD in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a Marshall Scholarship in 2018, and is currently a Penn medical student.

Ryan will discuss his journey to becoming a Marshall Scholar, including why he applied, what he learned from applying, the interview experience, and what he gained from being a Marshall Scholar.

The Marshall Scholarship funds graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom, and covers tuition and fees for 1, 2, or 3 years of graduate study, plus a generous living stipend.


Meet Penn Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Awardees, and Thouron Recipients headed to the UK!

Thursday, April 25, 5:00pm

Location: CURF’s Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor of the ARCH Building

Learn from current Penn students about opportunities to earn a fully-funded graduate degree in the United Kingdom. Panelists will include both 2019 Rhodes Scholars from Penn, a Fulbright Scholar, and several Thouron Scholars. Panelists will discuss:

  • Why they decided to study in the UK

  • How to prepare to be a strong applicant

  • What they hope to gain from their fellowship experience

  • What they intend to do after they complete their UK fellowship

Penn Leads the Vote

On May 21st, Philadelphia holds its local primary elections and Penn students deserve to have a voice! Join Penn Leads The Vote on April 4 from 4pm - 6pm in Perry World House for our Absentee Ballot Request Initiative. Engage with local politics, register to vote, learn about the history of voting rights in America, and have any questions you might have answered by PLTV staff.


Free boba, soul food, samosas, and HipCityVeg will be served! We will be holding a raffle to win Airpods, Amazon Echos, and Polaroids!


Want a PLTV t-shirt and an extra raffle ticket? Sign up to volunteer here!


Facebook event link here!

Second Year Experience at Penn!

This year, Penn launches the Second Year Experience Program, providing opportunities for engagement tailored to the needs of sophomores! Check this website for information about upcoming events like Sophomore Day and Halfway There, and other initiatives. https://www.nso.upenn.edu/theme-year/second-year-experience

NCH Space Reservation Policy Reminders

One way to maximize your New College House experience is to utilize the fantastic community spaces. Follow our reservation policies to effectively to be able to secure space when you want it.

NCH residents can use the Group Study Rooms, Music Practice Rooms, and 7th Floor Community Room (including kitchen) at any time, without reservation. These spaces are available by reservation as well. 

Seminar Rooms 103 and 110, the Media Room, and the 3rd Floor Community Kitchen are available by reservation only. 

Reservations must be submitted by 12pm at least one business day prior to your desired date. Weekend requests should be submitted by 12pm on Friday. To place your reservation, log onto the house website, click "calendar" and click the "room reservations" tab. Complete the form, including a description of your intended use for the space, and submit. Full-time staff in the house office will review requests. 

To gain access to Seminar Rooms, Media Room, and 3rd Floor Community Kitchen, visit the Information Center (at the main entrance to NCH) to have your Penncard programmed to access the space during your alloted time. You will only be granted access with a confirmed reservation.

Help to keep NCH beautiful by cleaning up at the end your reservation, and turning off all kitchen appliances.

Please contact the NCH Office if you have any questions.

NCH Reads! The "Recommended by You" Collection

What is your favorite book? What book should everyone read in their lifetime? We are curating a library of "must reads" to be placed on the shelves in the 2nd Floor Reading Room, consisting exclusively of titles recommended by NCH residents.

To submit a recommendation, fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/8COhVEstOhKRqoVE3

We will add titles to the shelves in the Reading Room each month.

This is the first of several "NCH Reads" initiatives coming to our house this semester. Updates about "DEAR" study breaks and Story Club are coming soon!

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.