What is it?

Since 1963, the University Council has served as the central institution for governing policy at the University of Pennsylvania.  From the guide for student representatives and leaders:

"University Council is a deliberative and broadly representative body, which serves an advisory role to the president, provost, and senior administration of the University. The purpose of University Council is best described in its Bylaws, which state that Council 'exists to consider the activities of the University in all its phases, with particular attention to the educational objectives of the University and those matters that affect the common interests of faculty, staff and students.'"

For more information, please visit the Website of the Office of the University Secretary.

Apply for a seat

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are now closed. The application for the 2020-2021 academic year will be released in early January 2020.

More questions? The NEC’s Vice Chairs for Nominations will hold University Council Office Hours in early February 2020. Office Hours will be held in the NEC office, located in the Office of Student Affairs on the second floor of Houston Hall.


Jordan Andrews, College of Arts & Sciences - UMOJA

Baktiar Choudury, College of Arts & Sciences - Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Caleb Diaz, College of Arts & Sciences - Transfer Student Organization (TSO)

Briar Essex, College of Arts & Sciences - Consent Collab

Kathleen Givan, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - Penn Wellness

Sebastian Enrique Gonzalez, College of Arts & Sciences - Penn First

Katherine Hsu, College/Wharton - Asian Pacific Student Coalition (APSC)

Cinthia Ibarra, College of Arts & Sciences - Latinx Coalition

Wes Neal, College of Arts & Sciences- Lambda Alliance

Wendy Qian, College of Arts & Sciences - Assembly of International Students (AIS)

Maggie Zheng, College of Arts & Sciences - Penn Association for Gender Equity (PAGE)