A mutually supportive spirit exists in Riepe. Residents are encouraged to participate wholeheartedly in the intellectual and social life of the House. The entire RA and GA team work in concert with the House Dean and four undergraduate schools to provide personal advising. Peer and academic advising sessions have been strengthened by joining forces with the Wharton School and School of Nursing.
Riepe is known for its ability to provide a “homey” living environment and its focus on intellectural and academic activities. Frequent international night dinners and a diverse schedule of Penn and community speakers make Riepe an exciting place to live. While many freshmen live in Riepe, the House is rapidly building a loyal following of returning residents who are deeply committed to the immediate community.
Riepe residents are encouraged to investigate Philadelphia. Throughout the year, the House hosts inter-hall athletic competitions, museum trips, workshops to improve computing and academic skills, movie nights, and barbecues. Centrally located on Spruce Street between 36th and 37th Streets, the House is near the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Childrens’ Hospital, School of Nursing, and many science labs.