The University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (or UPenn) is a private Ivy League research institution and one of the nine colonial colleges established before the American Revolution. One of the country’s oldest universities, the University of Pennsylvania was founded by American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin and has produced scores of notable alumni. Today, UPenn ranks as one of the top universities in the United States.

Symposium Location: Steinhardt Hall, 215 S 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Reception Location: Louie Louie, 3611 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Partner Hotel: The Inn at Penn

Located just a short walk from campus, The Inn at Penn is our partner hotel this year!

When you register for the IGS, be sure to check out our discounted hotel deal on our registration page, where you may book a room and purchase a ticket for one discounted price!

Discounted rooms are limited!

Please contact Natalie Walter at if you have any issues.

Philadelphia, PA

Once the temporary capital of the United States, Philadelphia is a regional hub of education, industry, and culture. Situated at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, Philadelphia is home to many “firsts” in the United States, including the first library, hospital, and stock exchange. The Philadelphia area’s many universities and colleges make it a top study destination, as the city has evolved into an educational and economic hub. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall – becoming a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in 2015, as the first World Heritage City in the United States

10 things to do while you’re in Philadelphia:

  1. Snap a photo in front of the liberty bell
    Where: The Liberty Bell Center, N. 6th & Market streets
  2. Run up the “Rocky Steps”
    Where: Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  3. Enjoy an authentic Philly cheesesteak
    Where: Various locations including Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue
  4. Tour Independence Hall, birthplace of the United States
    Where: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut Street
  5. Sample food from dozens of vendors at Reading Terminal Market
    Where: Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets
  6. Visit the  museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Where: Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  7. Take in the view of City Hall from South Broad Street
    Where: View of City Hall from South Broad Street, South Broad and Locust streets
  8. Explore the South 9th Street Italian Market
    Where: South 9th Street Italian Market, 919 S. 9th Street
  9. Admire the beauty of Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River
    Where: Boathouse Row, 1 Boathouse Row
  10. Visit the famous LOVE sculpture
    Where: LOVE sculpture, 1515 John F. Kennedy Boulevard