Second-Year Students

Second-Year Orientation (SYO) Events

Second-Year Orientation and Second-Year Day

In 2024, the second-year students will have their own events running from Sunday, August 25 to Friday, August 30. Second-Year Orientation is a way for returning students to again be introduced to the amazing clubs, activities, and resources Penn has to offer, while also having fun with your friends and fellow classmates! To see the calendar insert for Second-Year Orientation click here.

Second-Year Orientation 2023 Logo


Preceptorials are lectures on specific topics led by Penn faculty, teaching staff, and student groups which will introduce students to the intellectual and cultural resources of the University.

PennTracks Tours

PennTracks Tours are free guided tours led by our PHINS student leaders throughout the city of Philadelphia. Second-year students are welcome to participate in the PennTracks Tours during SYO.

Students walking on Locust Walk near College Hall

Dessert Reception at PAFA

Second-Year students will be invited to enjoy a dessert reception at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)! Join us for a night of dancing, take a look at various exhibits from the United States’ first art museum & school, and delicious desserts!