Gregory is delighted to host a designated transfer student community, allowing transfer students to live in close proximity to each other and featuring a number of programs throughout the year tailored to their unique experience, as inspired by a proposal from the Penn's Transfer Student Organization. In keeping with Gregory's tradition of student leadership, we hope that our transfer students will be heavily involved in planning the programming for this community alongside our senior staff and RAGAs. Incoming students interested in taking on a leadership role on the floor are very welcome to contact Dean Christopher Donovan to discuss ideas and implementation; we will be hiring at least one Transfer Community Manager.
We will be updating this page throughout the year, but below find some general information about transfer student accommodations and Gregory's events, traditions and program communities:
- Gregory has always been a diehard 4-Year House. In most years, about half of our undergraduates are freshmen, and the majority of our upperclassmen are returners back for their second, third or fourth years in Gregory. Residents from all class years mix over our robust menu of events to socialize and share wisdom; this fertile blend of new and veteran students creates an ideal atmosphere for transfer students who are new to Penn but not in need of traditional freshman-centric programming. Since the House is so small, you can get to know pretty much everyone here if you are so inclined.
- We strive to house our transfers on halls with a very high percentage of transfer students, generally the second floor of each building. Check out our advice for conversations to have with your future roommates over the summer and over the first few days of the year.
- Each Gregorian has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with no more than three students. Our transfer students are housed primarily in four bedroom quads, though doubles or even singles may be available in some years. You can see floorplans of the different room types here (under "layout/floorplan"). 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 bring a fan or buy one at nearby CVS or other stores). See advice on what you'll need in your apartment at Gregory. There are two public kitchens in each building, though on occasion they are reserved for Housewide 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 Sips, 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.
- Gregory's dedicated staff fincludes the House Dean, Faculty Director, two House Fellows (also faculty), 9 Graduate Associates, 3 undergraduate Resident Advisors, our House Coordinator, and a sizable band of undergraduate Managers. Check out our staff page for bio/photos.
- Gregory has two extremely active, prestigious program communities: Film Culture and Modern Languages. The Modern Languages Program (MLP) has four set language houses this fall: Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Our transfer students are extremely welcome to participate in either program!
- Our Residential Program participants have the option of obtaining course credit in 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 change every semester). Don't worry about enrolling during summer pre-registration... attend the intro meetings the first week of classes and decide then.
- Gregory was 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, plus DVD, boardgame and videogame 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.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!
- Find out everything you need to know about the transfer room assignment process here. Be sure to request Gregory to be housed in our new transfer community!
Hope to see you in late August!