The University of Pennsylvania supports your, and your family's, wellness through various programs, discounts, and more.
Did you know that Penn Human Resources offers a variety of onsite wellness programs to campus? After completing your Biometric Screening and assessment, you can start earning rewards up to $300.
Click here to see all of the offerings.
As a member of the University of Pennsylvania faculty, you have access to so many perks to support your well-being. We've done the work for you and narrowed it down to the top eighteen. Click here for more details!
- Well-Being Index
- More Onsite Childcare
- Paid Parental Leave
- Reduced Effort Policy for Advanced Clinicians
- Program to Advance Clinician Educators (PACE)
- Anna T. Meadows CE Society
- Career Planning
- Health Advocate
- Employee Assistance Program
- Mindfulness Course and Resources
- Free Legal Services
- Free Financial Services
- Free Personal Assistance
- Backup Care for Children and adults
- Senior Care Planning
- Pet Services
- Share a Ride: Emergency Ride Home
- Faculty Discounts
As faculty, you and your family can get expedited health care appointments through Penn Care Connects for Faculty: Call 267.758.4820.
Planning for Growing Your Family
Adoption Assistance helps ease the financial impact of bringing home a new child by providing reimbursement for up to $5,000 in eligible adoption expenses.helps ease the financial impact of bringing home a new child by providing reimbursement for up to $5,000 in eligible adoption expenses.
Flexible Work Options offer creative solutions for balancing work and family demands.
Penn's Nursing Mothers Program provides support for new and expecting parents. Here you can find information about the Nursing Mother's Policy, lactation rooms, and other resources for nursing mother's.
Introduction to the Wellness Initiative and Lactation Program
Maternity Benefits and Leave
- Family Medical Leave Act
- Applying for Family & Medical Leave & Short-Term Disability
- New Child Benefits
Child and Elder Care
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger Syndrome. Health Advocate can help parents and caregivers with many ASD-related services.
Penn’s Backup Care program can help when your babysitter cancels at the last minute, your child has a school holiday or inservice, an elderly parent is visiting and can’t be left alone, or your spouse/partner needs assistance after surgery. Through our partnership with Care.com BackupCare, you can have temporary backup care in your home, at an out-of-town business location or at an adult relative’s residence any time (day or night, seven days a week, including holidays) from a caregiver who meets your family’s specific needs and expectations.
Nine million U.S. children under the age of 18 have special needs that include chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions, according to U.S Census data. It can be overwhelming to find the right providers and services, and to handle insurance issues. Your personal Health Advocate can help you locate the resources you need.
The Penn's Children's Center is for children ages three months to five years. Located on the University campus, the Center is administered by the Department of Business Services at Penn. Enrollment in the Penn Children's Center is open to all members of the University and surrounding communities with preference given to faculty, staff and students of the University.
Bright Horizons at University City, located at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard, opened in Spring 2019 and serves Penn Medicine families. Click here to learn about joining an Open House Tour. The center is designed to accommodate 170 children, ages three to five years and will operate 6:30am-7:00pm. Bright Horizons also offers drop-in care for times where your schedule or plans change unexpectedly.
Penn’s Summer Programs for Kids offer an array of summer activities for children and teens.
School Strike and Closing Guidance provides resources to help parents in the event of a school strike or closing.
Snow Day Child Care provides all-day care for children of Penn faculty and staff members when the University is open but Philadelphia public schools are closed due to inclement weather. Children ages 12 weeks to 12 years are eligible for the program, whether they attend a Philadelphia district school or not.
Public, Private, and Independent Schools
The links below will connect you with sites containing information on school systems in the Penn Medicine vicinity.
- The School District of Philadelphia
- The School District of Havertown Township
- Lower Merion School District
- Radnor Township School District
- Germantown Friends School
- William Penn Charter School
The Family Pet
Ryan Hospital at Penn Vet offers all Penn faculty and staff a 20% discount off hospital services and substantial discounts through the Ryan Hospital's Primary Care Service. They also offer a drop-off service for pets to minimize work-day interruptions. Lean more about the Ryan Hospital's clinical services or make an appointment.
PNC WorkPlace Banking offers Penn faculty and staff a complete set of money management tools with exclusive features, benefits and rewards. Call or email Debra McAnney today 215-585-7207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Closing Cost Reduction Program (CCRP) offers mortgage financing options with discounted closing costs (.25% of mortgaged amount) to the University Community for the purchase and refinancing of homes.
Vacation and Holiday Club accounts, Discounts for New & Used Cars, Free $1000 Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance.
Eligible faculty and staff interested in living and/or currently residing in the West Philadelphia community can borrow up to $7,500 (with no interest and no monthly payments) for use towards home improvements including energy audits or retrofit.
A great way to save money on known dependent care, elder care and health care expenses.
Benefit from convenient access to qualified legal professionals. Receive 30 minutes of free legal consultations over the phone. The number of initial consultations per year on each new legal topic is limited. Call 1-888-321-4433 and select the options for work-life services.
Pennsavers is a weekly email offering half-price tickets and special discounts for cultural events around the region.
If you choose to make your own contributions to your account, the University will provide Matching contributions up to 4% of your base salary (subject to Internal Revenue Code limitations).
Connect with Penn's Retirement Savings Plan providers online or by phone. You can also schedule a free on-campus counseling session where a representative can help you with your investment choices.
What should you do if your normal commuting mode is suddenly unavailable? Access the The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) Program! This service provides a "safety net" for commuters working in southeastern Pennsylvania who carpool, vanpool or use public transportation on a regular basis.
The Train and Bus System
SEPTA is a regional public transportation authority that operates various forms of public transit services—bus, subway and elevated rail, commuter rail, light rail and electric trolleybus. SEPTA is the major transit provider for Philadelphia and its suburbs in Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester counties.The SEPTA Map will help you with planning
Do you know about our SEPTA Discounts? Compass Program (SEPTA): 10% discount on Transpasses and Trailpasses (on top of the first $240 being pre-tax) and Septa Pass Perks (for weekly or monthly SEPTA Pass only) offers discounts and other perks in and around Philadelphia.
Penn has outstanding resources and benefits to encourage cycle commuting.
There are several lots to choose from, but you will need to purchase a permit.
Ride Share Options
Current Penn Parking permit patrons can take advantage of discounts based on occupancy and location choices by teaming up to form a Carpool. Registration is on an annual basis and each carpool member will receive a pre-tax deduction via payroll. Carpool discounts: 25% for a two person car pool; 50% for a three person car pool; and 75% for a four person car pool. To enroll in the Carpool Program please click here: Carpool Program. Please send email to email@example.com if you would like additional information.
If you only need a vehicle occasionally, car sharing is a good option. It gives you the benefits of owning a vehicle without the expenses and decreases congestion in and around campus. The University has contracted with car sharing companies, to provide incentives to members of the Penn Community to use car sharing for both departmental or personal use.
As part of Penn’s Sustainable Transportation Initiative, Penn Transportation and Parking has joined with VPSI, a national leader in vanpooling and sustainable transportation, to expand vanpooling options to Penn faculty and staff. Vanpooling helps ease traffic congestion in and around campus and supports Penn’s Climate Action Plan by lowering the University’s carbon footprint. For more information or to join a vanpool call VRide at 1-800-VAN-RIDE (826-7433) or visit www.vride.com.
Tuition assistance benefits are administered by the Tuition Office in the Division of Human Resources. The Tuition Office makes final administrative determinations if any questions arise concerning an individual’s employment relationship with the University and eligibility for tuition assistance under the program.
Tuition Benefit for Dependent Children Attending Other Colleges and Universities (Direct Grants)
The Direct Grant Program for dependent children assists faculty and staff in meeting the cost of college tuition for their children who attend undergraduate programs at accredited colleges or universities other than the University of Pennsylvania. Note that trade and technical programs are not covered. The faculty/staff member is responsible for managing the tuition benefit for his/her dependents in accordance with the policies and procedures below.
More Tuition Benefits
- Tuition benefits for faculty and staff
- Tuition benefit for spouses/same-sex domestic partners attending the University of Pennsylvania
- Tuition benefits for dependent children attending the University of Pennsylvania
Attractions and Events
Receive a discount of $1 off public skate admission price: 3130 Market.
Franklin Field (gate SM) Staff Member + 4 (all free) Highlight: Penn Family Day. Note: You may NOT leave the game and come back in.
Free admission (except the final). Where: Franklin Field When: Annually each April.
Groups and Clubs
Houston Hall, 1st floor, East end Sundays 2pm-5pm & Wednesdays (Blitz Tournament) 8 pm.
The LGBT Center offers mentorships, tons of space to study and socialize, a calendar full of events, and operates as a social and political hub for the queer community on campus. One of the oldest and most active LGBT centers in the country, they have been proudly serving the Penn queer community for over 30 years.
Discount hotel rooms in NYC (yearly membership required).
A hub for all women's organizations on campus and a central locus for activity, advocacy and activism within the community.
More Things to Do at Penn
- Annenberg Center Live
- Archaeology and Anthropology
- Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania
- Arthur Ross Gallery
- Bio Pond
- Conversational Spanish Lessons
- Department of Music Concerts
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Penn Athletics
- Penn Players
- Penn Pro Women
- Staff/Faculty Eco-Rep Program
- The Morris Arboretum
- University Club
- University Museum
- Van Pelt Library
- WXPN Free at Noon