Student Experience

Student Experience

What makes a Fels Institute of Government education exceptional? Our people, our programs, and our place combine to create an intellectual community and career-enhancing experience like no other. Whether you spend your Master of Public Administration year studying, learning, and hanging out in the Fels mansion or you augment your hybrid classroom Executive Master of Public Administration experience with monthly on-campus visits, you can expect immersive learning and inspiring life-long connections at Fels. Housed in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Fels community is rich in history as well as opportunities to put your knowledge to work in a vibrant East Coast city.

Learn more about what makes the Fels student experience unique—from our professional opportunities and world-class University resources to the dynamic communities and collaborations around us.

Fels fast facts


Average class size across both degrees


Philadelphia is the 6th largest city in the US

299 acres

Size of Penn’s West Philadelphia campus



Connect with an organization in your field to tackle day-to-day challenges.

Capstone projects

Capstone Projects

Build your network and apply your knowledge toward real-world solutions.

Student groups

Student Groups

Broaden your perspective as a future public leader by joining a Fels student group.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fels is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, in public leadership, and beyond.

Campus life

Campus Life

Enrich your Penn experience with vibrant resources and opportunities offered across campus.

Fels and Philadelphia

Fels and Philadelphia

See why Philadelphia is an ideal place to learn and to live.

Career services

Career Services

Personalized career advising begins on day one.

Mentorship program

Mentor Program

Match with a mentor from our outstanding network.

Student resources

Student Resources

Explore additional resources to help you get the most out of your Fels experience.


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