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COHORT TRADITIONS

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In addition to cohort-specific events and activities, each cohort participates in large-scale traditions, where they compete against other cohorts for points toward the Cohort Cup. Some of the annual traditions are described below.

Amazing Cohort Race

This event is held for the freshman cohorts during their first week on campus. Each cohort is broken up into teams to locate various places and participate in a variety of activities on Penn's campus.

Winter WhartonlandGingerbread house competition

This annual event celebrates the end of the fall semester and features a variety of fun activities. Students enjoy:

  • Gingerbread House Competition
  • Picture frame and bracelet decorating
  • Free massages
  • Caricatures
  • Cupcake decorating and hot chocolate

Gingerbread House Competition
Cohorts compete against one another to build the most creative and decorative gingerbread house.


Cohort Cup

Each year, the nine cohorts compete for the coveted Cohort Cup.  Students from all four years earn points for their cohorts through friendly competitions such as the Amazing Cohort Race and sporting events.  The cohort with the most points at the end of the academic year wins the Cohort Cup and receives an end-of-year celebration event and customized cohort apparel!cohort cup 2011 

Cohort Cup Winners:

2011-2012: Cohort Shekel

2010-2011: Cohort Shekel

2009-2010: Cohort Dollar

2008-2009: Cohort Dollar

2007-2008: Cohort Rand

2006-2007: Cohort Yen