Preceptorials

First-Year Preceptorials: Saturday, August 27
11am – 2pm

Second-Year Preceptorials: Monday, August 29
11am – 2pm

Penn Preceptorials are one-time, not-for-credit sessions that introduce students to the intellectual and cultural resources of the University. For faculty and teaching staff, they can be an opportunity to share passions related to their teaching and research interests. Particularly during orientation, they also serve as a way for campus centers, programs, and other resources to showcase the cultural, social, and intellectual richness of our shared community. On Penn’s YouTube channel, you can see some archived Preceptorials from previous years.

For New Student Orientation (NSO) and Second-Year Orientation (SYO) 2022, as we return to a fully in-person experience, we are particularly looking to create a vibrant series of on-campus offerings for First- and Second-Year students. Submissions for preceptorials are now closed.

Our office also coordinates academic year Preceptorials in Fall and Spring semesters. These are largely topic-based and can also include multiple sessions and potentially involve off-campus sites and events. For information about these, please contact Andrea Naughton (andrea29@upenn.edu).

We thank you in advance for helping us enrich the New Student Orientation experience.


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Philly 101

August 27, 2022

This Preceptorial is an interactive presentation providing an introduction on the city of Philadelphia. Learn about being a college student in Philly, taking public transit, finding the best food in t…

Department/Organization:
Campus Philly

Socrates on College

August 27, 2022

Host: Dr. Daniel Cheely (Director of the Penn Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society) and Prof. Ralph Rosen (Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Classical Studies) will lead this interactive, conversational seminar. Imagine if, after a sabbatical of some 2400 years, Socrates reawakened as your academic advisor: what wisdom […]

Host:
Dr. Daniel Cheely & Prof. Ralph Rosen
Department/Organization:
Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS)

Abortion & Reproductive Care Access: Implications for college students

August 27, 2022

The reversal of Roe v. Wade will impact access to reproductive care in Pennsylvania. Join Wellness to learn more about the statutory history of abortion access, and an overview of relevant policies you should know about as an incoming student.

Host:
Jackie Recktenwald
Department/Organization:
Public Health & Wellbeing, Wellness at Penn

Philosophy in Film

August 27, 2022

In this preceptorial, we will watch short film clips and then have open discussions about the philosophical content found in those clips. Themes will include freedom, personal identity, the nature of promises, what we owe family and friends, & more.

Host:
Dr. Karen Detlefsen
Department/Organization:
Philosophy/Provost's Office

Music and Mirth: The Songs of The University of Pennsylvania

August 27, 2022

Participants will learn about the student traditions at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on the colorful history of the songs in the school’s canon. Pizza Lunch to be provided for registrants.

Host:
Dr. Kushol Gupta
Department/Organization:
The University of Pennsylvania Band

Oral Health and YOU

August 27, 2022

This preceptorial is about oral health and how it effects overall health. There will be discussion about how to maintain good oral health. Students will be introduced to Penn Dental Medicine and how to become a patient so they can have a dental home away from home.

Host:
Dr. Alicia Risner-Bauman
Department/Organization:
University of Pennsylvania

What was Studied at College in Ancient India?

August 27, 2022

What were colleges and universities in ancient India? What did students study? Are these subjects still studied now? This preceptorial goes over parts of the ancient Indian curriculum as it has been passed down in texts and traditions.

Host:
Dr. Deven Patel
Department/Organization:
South Asia Studies/Comparative Literature

Exploring Latin American and Latinx Studies

August 27, 2022

Learn more about the Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, including its interdisciplinary minor and major; research, leadership, and experiential academic opportunities for undergraduates; talks & conferences; community engagement & PMOAS!

Host:
Dr. Catherine Bartch
Department/Organization:
Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies

Vagelos Life Sciences & Management Program information session for potential internal transfers

August 27, 2022

LSM faculty, staff, and students will discuss the value of two degrees, one in business, another in the life sciences, gained through this program centered on the implementation of innovations, and how to apply to transfer in as a rising sophomore.

Host:
Dr. Stokes Peter
Department/Organization:
Vagelos Life Sciences & Management Program