The University of Pennsylvania benefits greatly from the rich diversity of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As part of that commitment to inclusion, Penn provides access and support to undocumented students, including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status.

We have established a phone number and email address for questions and referrals to DACA resources and support: 215-573-3222 (3-DACA) and If you require immediate assistance – e.g., if you or someone you know has been taken into custody by immigration or law enforcement – contact 215-898-4357 (215-898-HELP) for 24-hour assistance to be connected to necessary services.

A Message to the Penn Community
From President Amy Gutmann, Provost Wendell Pritchett, and EVP Craig Carnaroli


September 6, 2017

As you know, the Trump Administration announced that it will begin to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status granted to an estimated 800,000 young people across our nation, pending further action by Congress.

This shortsighted decision violates our core principles as a University community – indeed, as a nation. This country was founded by immigrants and exiles. We have all, generation after generation, fought and strived to achieve our dreams in the United States.

We will continue to voice our concern for, and our support of, the Dreamers and urge Congress to act to rectify the Administration’s decision in the months ahead. More important, we will do everything in our power to protect and defend our amazing Penn students. We vigorously reaffirm the commitments that we first made in November.

  • The University of Pennsylvania will ensure that current undocumented and DACA recipients continue to receive financial aid, fellowship stipends, and any related support that is currently being provided or that will be needed for them to complete their studies at Penn.
  • The University of Pennsylvania will protect the privacy of its students. While we will comply with all proper legal requests, we will not release information about any student to Immigration and Customs Enforcement or any other law enforcement agency without proper legal authority.

The Office of the Vice Provost for University Life will host an information session to answer questions and express support for our students on Thursday, September 14 from 12-1:30 p.m. at a place to be determined. You will also find an FAQ for DACA and undocumented students at:

We encourage all affected students to work closely with our staff members who are highly trained to support the specific needs of undocumented and DACA students, especially in Penn Global, the Greenfield Center, La Casa Latina, the LGBT Center, MAKUU, PAACH, and the Women’s Center. They will have the most up-to-date information and can help them work with Student Financial Services and other campus offices, coordinate wellness and academic support, and arrange housing if they need to stay on campus during University breaks and holidays.

We encourage all members of our community to take full advantage of our support resources:

Office of the Chaplain: 215-898-8456
Office of the Vice Provost for University Life: 215-898-6081
Student Health Service: 215-746-3535
University HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (215-898-4357)
Counseling and Psychological Services: 215-898-7021

It is more vital than ever for us to reaffirm our values of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect as a shared community. We will continue to keep you informed as the national situation moves forward.

Statement from Penn President, Amy Gutmann