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What is the Pennypacker Experience?

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The Pennypacker Experience is a scholarly and diverse living/learning community. Its main goal is to create a supportive educational and social environment for incoming first-year students while simultaneously promoting diversity in gender, race, and ethnic background.

Bunton-Waller Fellows and Lenfest Scholars are housed together in Ritner Hall, along with students from the FISE House (First-Year in Science and Engineering Program), creating one of the most culturally diverse residence halls on campus. The unique feature about Ritner Hall is the availability of specially trained Program Assistants (PAs), in addition to Resident Assistants (RAs), who look to the educational needs of the students.

The program provides healthy student-faculty interaction through functions such as luncheons, award ceremonies, the “Take a Professor to Lunch” program, etc. Students generally take the same courses their first year, allowing them to live, learn, and study with those who have similar interests.

The Pennypacker Experience staff is comprised of the Advisory Board members, Resident Assistants (RAs), and Program Assistants (PAs). A list of the staff members is included in this handbook. Please feel free to contact them at any time if you have any questions. The PAs work with the residents, the Advisory Board, and RAs in organizing activities and managing Ritner Hall. They also serve as role models and mentors to the first-year students living in FISE House. Feel free to approach them with any of your academic concerns.

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