Use full name (University of Pennsylvania) on first reference when writing for an external audience. Capitalize “University” when it stands for Penn.
Penn Parent Designation + Year
Use the “PAR” designation for parents of currently enrolled students only. Single or multiple designations should be set off from a personal name with commas, front and back:
- John Smith, PAR’11, PAR’14, is co-chair of the Parents Leadership Committee.
Spell out “percent” rather than using the symbol (%), except when used in tables:
- 3 percent
- 100 percent
Use who rather than that when referring to people or groups of people.
- Conference participants who elected to take a campus tour were able to visit the newly renovated building.
“Scholarship” communicates merit. “Aid” generally refers to need. Do not use “financial aid” in any circumstance. Use only “student aid” when referring to undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional student aid.
Lowercase, except when referring to formal Penn occasions or events:
- Last fall, students returned to campus like locusts to a favorite feeding site.
- In just a few weeks, Penn’s Summer Session 1 interns transformed an abandoned theater to a thriving site for community meetings.
- Penn students celebrated Spring Break by volunteering at local public-service agencies.
- On September 15, Penn opened its Fall Semester with Convocation at Houston Hall.