Second-Year Experience (SYE)

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Throughout the academic year, we are committed to the development of Penn’s Second-Year Experience (SYE) program, which is designed specifically to address the unique needs of second-year students. SYE supports signature events such as Second-Year Day and U-Night, in addition to other programs that are planned by your request.

It features collaborations between faculty, staff (both academic and student affairs), and student leaders such as the Class Board of 2026 to provide support for:

  • Career Development
  • Engagement in Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities
  • Selection of Academic Opportunities
  • On and Off-Campus Living

If you are considering hosting an event for the 2024 semesters, please stay tuned for the grant to open. Our office can assist with marketing for your event and/or grants up to $500. A maximum of $250 can be used towards food, drink & refreshments.

The deadline for spring grant application is

  • Thursday, February 15 at 11:59 pm EST

Please note that one organization is only allowed to receive one grant per academic year. All grants will be considered if submitted least 1 week in advance of the event. If you have any questions, please email