Welcome to Gregory, where residents believe that a college house should be more than just a place to study for your Econ 001 midterm, sleep in a one-bedroom, and grab the occasional free slice of pizza. Although the House does provide all that, it is also a place where you can explore new things and feel a real sense of community.

For a start, Gregory celebrates diversity through its Modern Languages Program and cinema through the Film Culture series. But even if German leaves you tongue-tied and the Oscars give you a headache, you will still be welcomed to Sunday brunches, study breaks, and weekly BYOM hot chocolate nights with open arms. With a supportive network of GAs, RAs and dynamic student staff, there's always something going on and someone to talk to - this is a house that's got your back.

So try a new French phrase in the mosaic-festooned Greenhouse, engage in a Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate in the Film Lounge, or simply laugh until you can't breathe in the piano lounge when you're supposed to be studying - this is a House that will embrace you. Visit for a while, or stay four years. Either way, we hope you'll feel at home here.

--Vicky Sakr ‘06, Gregory Alumni Society Chair and Lucid Award Winner 2006

Information for Incoming Freshmen

Living in Gregory next year?  Here is some hopefully useful information for 2016-2017 (be sure to check the links!):

  • Gregory has a sizable number of first-year students. This fall we will have one of our largest freshman classes ever, with more than 140 of our 244 students in their first year. Freshmen are generally consolidated on the top two floors of each building, though this fall we will also have a sizable cluster on the second floor of Van Pelt to accommodate the unusually large incoming class. In either case, you will be surrounded by your peers, even though you will get to know our upperclassmen-- the majority of whom are returners back for their second, third or fourth years in Gregory-- at our multitude of events.
  • Gregory underwent extensive renovations in summer 2014. The rooms have new furniture and flooring, and our public spaces are top-notch. 
  • Gregory averages close to 25 events each and every week-- so there are innumerable opportunities to get to know everyone.  Standby social gatherings include Tuesday BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug), Wednesday study breaks and Sunday brunches, but we have a long list of regular traditions.  You can see some examples of the House in action on our photos page.
  • We have two unique ongoing programs that bring Penn faculty and other notable guests into the House to meet with you: Dinner with Gregory and Diversity Discourse Across the Disciplines.
  • Our freshmen live in four bedroom quads-- so each Gregorian has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with no more than three students. A very limited number of freshmen are in four bedroom quads with living rooms. Each bedroom comes with a twin extra-long bed, a desk, desk chair, two chest of drawers and a small bookshelf; each quad comes equipped with (1) microwave/refrigerator unit. No AC though; so be sure to bring a big fan or buy one at nearby CVS!  See more suggestions on what you'll need in your apartment at Gregory.
  • You'll have three roommates! See our suggestions for conversations to have with your roommates over the summer and during New Student Orientation.
  • Gregory's dedicated staff for 2016-2017 includes the House Dean (Christopher Donovan), Faculty Director (Lisa Lewis), two House Fellows (also faculty-- Lance Wahlert and Philippe Met), 9 Graduate Associates, 3 undergraduate Resident Advisors, our House Coordinator, and a sizable band of undergraduate Managers.  We're still in the process of staff hiring for the fall, but our staff page will be updated for Fall 2016 soon; be sure to click the names for bio/photos. Gregory has the best staff-to-student ratio in the college house system, so you will surely get to know some of the staff throughout the year.
  • Gregory has two extremely active, prestigious residential programs: Film Culture  and Modern Languages. The Modern Languages Program (MLP) has five set language houses-- Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish.  For the 2016-2017 year we will also have a more informal ASL House that meets weekly.  Note that all Gregorians are welcome to participate in our programs, even if they didn't apply for them during the Housing process.  Keep in mind that any schedules listed on the webpages/syllabi are for last year-- next year's schedules will be decided in late August.
  • Freshmen applicants for Film Culture are housed together on the fourth floor of Van Pelt, a predominantly freshman hall. Freshman Modern Languages Program applicants are housed together on the top two floors of the Class of 1925 building; note that your roommates might be in any of the language houses, since it is during the biweekly (at least) events that you will be practicing in your target language.
  • Our Residential Program participants have the option of obtaining course credit in Arabic, Cinema Studies, French, German or Spanish by participating in our residential programs!  No other College House offers that many academic options in residence. See the individual program pages for more information (but note that schedules and syllabi will be different for Fall 2016).  Don't worry about enrolling during summer pre-registration... attend the intro meetings the first week of classes and decide then.
  • Gregory is the first "Key Free" House-- you use your Penncard for building and room access and our mailboxes are combination-locked. Other Gregory perks include free coffee and tea at the Darkroom Cafe and DVD and boardgame rentals from the House Office.
  • The House is named after Emily Lovira Gregory, the first woman faculty member at Penn.  
  • Since Gregory is one of the smallest Houses at Penn, many students won't know that much about us (we kind of like it that way), and what they think they know is often way off base. In addition, many of the photos/videos out there are pre-renovation.  You can read all about our storied history, our coat of arms and our namesake, but the best way to get more information is to ask Gregorians-- if you have questions for current residents, staff, or even alumni, please let us know and we will easily put you in touch! Also, be sure to check out our facebook group!
  • We usually have a summer get-together in August for folks who will be in Philadelphia prior to the freshman move-in. Check back here and on the facebook page for more details!
  • Find out everything you need to know about the freshman room assignment process here

See you in late August!

Information for Incoming Transfer Students!

Starting in Fall 2016, Gregory is delighted to be hosting a designated transfer student community, featuring a number of programs throughout the year tailored to the transfer experience, inspired by a proposal from the Penn's Transfer Student Organization.  The above information designed for freshmen can provide a useful primer for students interested in Gregory's facilities, traditions and residential programs, but unlike the freshmen, the majority of our transfer students will be housed on the second floor of each building, on largely upperclass halls.  Most transfer students will be housed in four bedroom quads, though other Gregory room types may sometimes be available; all efforts will be made to assign other transfer students as roommates.  Of course, all Gregorians have their own private bedroom regardless of room type.  We look forward to engaging our returning and new transfer students as leaders in our programming.  Check out the residential services homepage on more specifics on how to apply for housing, and be sure to request Gregory to take part in this new community!