Incoming freshmen of 2020, Welcome!

First of all, an extremely hearty congrats to you for your acceptance into Penn. We are extremely excited to have you become a part of the vibrant Penn community and look forward to having you among us in the fall.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. The UPenn MSA was established in 1963, and has ever since been serving the needs of the Muslims at Penn, as well as the Penn and Philadelphia community in general. Our general body has access to the MSA through the host of events and activities that are organized by our various subcommittees and which cater to the different needs of Muslims at Penn. We encourage you to explore our website and learn more about these subcommittees, and the MSA in general.

We understand that you may have some questions in your mind before coming to college – we all did! We encourage you to write to us ( and ask anything that you may have on your mind. We’ll be more than happy to help you out. You’ll be surprised to learn that almost every other person coming into college has the same questions as you. You should also feel free to contact any of the board members, via email or through Facebook.

Where to Eat

Saad’s Halal Place: American and Arab Cuisine 45th and Walnut St.
Kabobeesh: Pakistani Cuisine at 42nd and Chestnut St.
Hanan (Food Cart): Arab Cuisine at 38th and Walnut St.

You can find the full list on the Halal@Penn page.

Stay Updated

Please register yourself with us on the right-hand side of the page to be enrolled in the weekly listserv.  Once you register, you’ll receive weekly emails about MSA activities and how you can get involved.

On our website, you can find all sorts of other information about the MSA, like:

  • Prayer times
  • Details about our Ramadan iftars and banquet
  • The Freshmen Survival Guide below!

Freshman Survival Guide

Do not hesitate to email us directly, through the contact page, or on Facebook. Once again, welcome to Penn!