WELCOME

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!

Interested in living in Gregory next year?  Here is some hopefully useful information for 2014-2015:

  • Gregory will have 244 total undergraduates; usually between 100-120 are freshmen, so we have a sizable number of first-year students.  Freshmen are consolidated on the top two floors of each building, so even though you will interact with our upperclassmen at our multitude of events, you will be surrounded by your peers.  The majority of our upperclassmen are returners, and thus back for their second, third or fourth years in Gregory.
  • Gregory is scheduled for extensive renovations this summer (see separate post).  You can see additional drawings of new public areas on our photos page.  
  • 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.
  • Our freshmen live in four bedroom quads-- so each Gregorian has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with no more than three students.   Upperclassmen may also choose to be in two-bedroom doubles, singles, or quads with living room.  You can see a picture of a bedroom on the cover of the college house brochure!
  • Gregory's staff for 2014-2015 includes the House Dean, Faculty Master, two House Fellows (also faculty), 9 Graduate Associates, 3 undergraduate Resident Advisors, our House Coordinator, and a small army of undergraduate Managers.  Our new faculty master will be Lisa Lewis.
  • Gregorians are welcome to take part in our residential programs Film Culture  and Modern Languages.  MLP has five language houses-- Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish.  Participants have the option of obtaining course credit in Arabic, Cinema Studies, French, German or Spanish by participating in our residential programs!  See the individual program pages for more information.
  • Since Gregory is one of the smaller Houses, many Penn students won't know that much about us (we kind of like it that way).  But if you would like to ask questions of current residents, staff, or even alumni, please let us know and we will easily put you in touch!
  • Prospective students on campus for Quaker Days are welcome to attend any of our House events! See the events calendar to the right.

Renovation Update!

Student rooms in Van Pelt will undergo a similar transformation as in Class of 1925-- new furniture, paint, tile floors, lighting and bathroom fixtures.  Each apartment in both buildings will feature one large microfridge unit.  In addition, both buildings will feature enhanced public spaces, including new lounges on the second and third floors of Van Pelt, and a refurbished greenhouse (with expanded kitchen) and basement (with study rooms, a yoga studio, and relocated cafe) in the Class of 1925.  The centerpiece will be the new programmatic wing on the first floor of Van Pelt, which will include a state-of-the-art film lounge, game room, kitchen, offices and study spaces (floorplan tentative):

 

 

Here is the plan for the newly refurbished Class of 1925 basement:

 

 You can see architectural drawings of some of the newly reconfigured public spaces on our photos page.