Celebrating Lauder College House 2019-2020

Thank you to all of our residents! While our year ended in an unexpected way, we appreciate all you brought to our community throughout 2019-2020. In this year-end video, we celebrate you! We honor each class year, appreciate our student leaders, announce award winners, and reflect on the year with a photo slideshow. Enjoy!

Welcome New Quakers!

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Pennsylvania! We are happy to welcome you to the on-campus community at Penn. Please use this website to learn more about the people and initiatives that make Lauder College House a home to 344 Quakers.


Lauder College House (LCH) opened in August 2016 (as "New College House") to 344 members of the Class of 2020. Those students came together as a community, led by a dedicated staff of Faculty, Graduate Associates and Resident Advisors, to begin contributing to a young but rich tradition of dialogue, support, and celebration in our house. The inaugural class of residents led us in the process of selecting the house motto: "Semper ad meliora" or "always onward toward better things." Our motto serves as a reminder to consistently challenge ourselves as individuals and as a community to learn, grow, and build on our strengths.


In 2017, LCH joined Stouffer, Gregory, and W.E.B. DuBois College Houses as a 4-Year Community and home to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We hope to welcome our freshmen and engage our upperclassmen through involvement opportunities, conversation, and social activities in the spirit of Global Citizenship and our values: leadership, diversity, sustainability, and research. During a celebration of our home in September 2019, President Amy Gutmann hosted the Lauder family and house residents past and present and officially named the building Lauder College House.


Our residents are the most important part of the LCH community. Your energy, ideas, and action contribute to a vibrant college house experience. You are essential to making LCH an extraordinary place to live and learn.


I hope you find our website informative and helpful as you make choices about on-campus housing. Visit the Housing website to access the room preference application. There is more to explore about College Houses & Academic Services as well! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.




Trina N. Sokoloski

House Dean

Penn Leads the Vote

Just as the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted all of our lives, it has disrupted elections all over the country. Penn Leads the Vote wants to ensure that student voices are still heard despite these disruptions. That’s why we’ve developed a customized guide to help students vote in Philadelphia from the comfort of their homes.


With the student body dispersed across the world during such a critical election, our voices lie at risk of severe underrepresentation just months after consecutive record-breaking turnouts on campus. Make sure your vote is heard by casting a vote-by-mail ballot; click here for more information.


As of April 1st, 29 U.S. states and territories, including Pennsylvania, have not yet held their primary elections and caucuses, and options remain for

students to register and vote either in their home states (if the election has not

yet occurred) or in Pennsylvania. In addition, many states are delaying their presidential primaries out of concerns regarding COVID-19. 


If you are a Pennsylvania voter, please note the County Board of Elections must receive request forms for an absentee or mail-in ballot by 5pm EST on May 26th, 2020. Due to Pennsylvania voter laws, only voters with a valid Pennsylvania driver's license can go through the online process to request a ballot. Thus, most students need to physically mail in the request form in the google folder linked here.


Find out critical information about voting during the COVID-19 crisis as it is

announced on our website at pennvotes.org/covid19. Visit pennvotes.org for

all necessary student voting information, view our student voter resources, and reach out to us at pennvotes@upenn.edu with any concerns or questions you have.


Your voices deserve to be heard, and they will make a difference.


Sending good vibes,

Rania Zakaria - Field Organizer