Peers Helping Integrate New Students (PHINS)

Do you want to be involved with New Student Orientation (NSO) and Second-Year Orientation (SYO) 2024, and help welcome Penn’s newest Class of 2028? Apply to join the¬†PHINS (Peers Helping Integrate New Students)! Read below to find more about the PHINS program and application requirements. The application portal is closed, please stay tuned for the final result of the application review.

PHINS Group Photo 2023
2023 PHINS Orientation Leaders

Who are the PHINS?

PHINS (Peers Helping Integrate New Students) are New Student Orientation leaders who volunteer to assist incoming First-Year, Transfer, First-Generation and/or Limited-Income (FGLI), International, Exchange, and Second-Year Penn undergraduate students with their academic, cultural, emotional, and social adjustment to life at Penn. This interaction occurs before, during, and beyond New Student Orientation (NSO).

Members of PHINS are introduced to and work closely with faculty, staff, administrators, and most importantly, peers. The PHINS experience allows students to learn more about themselves and Penn along with the opportunity to make many lasting friendships with both new students and other PHINS.

What are the benefits of being on the PHINS Team?

  • Opportunity to connect and engage with your fellow Penn students!
  • Free early move-in to College Houses.
  • Free PHINS/Penn merch.
  • Free meals during NSO.
  • Para-professional experience supporting a crucial University program.
  • Leadership opportunities & a great resume builder.
  • Participate in fun NSO events including “An Evening at the Philadelphia Museum of Art” event!

What are the expectations of the PHINS?

  • Saturday, August 17: Move into College Houses after 2pm.
  • Sunday, August 18: Attend Mandatory PHINS Training on campus.
  • Monday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 21: Be available to help with move-in efforts and support specific population programming.
  • Friday, August 23: All PHINS must be available on PHINS Phriday, August 23.
  • Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26: Help with New Student Orientation (NSO).
  • Sunday, August 25 – Friday, August, 30: Offer optional help with Second-Year Orientation (SYO).

What is the eligibility of the applicants?

  • Current Penn undergraduate students (Class of 2025, Class of 2026, and Class of 2027) in good standing with the University.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Take initiative in supporting and welcoming new students and families to Penn!
  • Ability to adapt to complex schedule of events.
  • Willingness to lead a group of new Quakers, including campus and Philadelphia tours!
PHINS Recruitment Flyer Updated

Apply to Join the PHINS

The PHINS program is now open for application. Please read the application requirements carefully before filling out the form. The application portal is closed, please stay tuned for the final result of the application review.

If you have any question, please feel free to email