Alumni  and their spouses are eligible to have a PennCard which allows them to take advantage of many University offerings.

Visit the PennCard Center in person with a valid, government issued photo I.D. Your card will be ready within minutes of having your photo taken. The cost of the card is $30 and can be paid by cash, check, or credit (Visa or Master Card).

As of October 1, 2020, newly-issued Alumni cards are valid for 10 years.

Important Note for Recent Graduates: Generally, records of your alumni status become available to PennCard for the purposes of printing an Alumni card 4-6 weeks after your graduate date (and sometimes longer). Call or email in advance of your visit to check if your card can be made if you are a recent graduate.

Students who are graduating in the near future, but have not graduated yet, cannot receive an Alumni Card.

If you are unable to visit our campus location, you may also apply for an Alumni PennCard by mail via USPS. If you are overseas, please include a pre-paid mailing label with sufficient postage.

Important: You must produce a valid Passport or a valid photo ID issued by a U.S. state, territory, or the U.S. Federal Government to receive your first Alumni PennCard.

You must bring one of the following to the PennCard office:

  • A valid passport.
  • A valid photo ID issued by a U.S. state, territory, or the U.S. Federal Government (examples: driver's license, state-issued photo ID card, U.S. military ID)

No other documentation can be accepted other than those above. Unacceptable documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Reproductions or photographs of documents;
  • Expired or otherwise invalid documents;
  • Identification cards issued outside of the United States and its territories;
  • International driving licenses;
  • Voting registration cards;
  • Visas or other immigration documents;
  • Photo identification from another educational institution.

The PennCard is University property, and should receive the same care as a credit card or government-issued ID card.

The Alumni Card may be used to visit Van Pelt Library within the stated policies of Penn Libraries. It does not confer the privilege to access any academic buildings, residences, laboratories, offices, meeting & social spaces with access controls in place for the safety of current University of Pennsylvania students, faculty, and staff.

Spouses and partners of alumni are eligible to have a PennCard for use of the University libraries and recreation services.

  • Both the PennCard holder and the spouse or partner must come to the PennCard Center.

  • The PennCard holder must bring their valid PennCard and their spouse/partner must bring a valid government issued photo I.D.

  • Bring documentation that shows proof of marriage or partnership. Acceptable documentation (which must show the same last names or both last names) includes a marriage certificate, a shared lease, a shared bank or credit account or a passport coded for partner or spouse (J2 or F2). 

  • A PennCard will be issued that will expire when the sponsoring PennCard holder's card expires.

  • There is a $30 charge for the card and this charge may be paid by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard by the cardholder.

If you do not have any documentation (see third bullet point below) fill out the Partner Affidavit Form:

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
680 Walnut Street
10% Discount on tickets to Annenberg Center's Penn Presents and Dance Celebration performances
Arthur Ross Gallery
220 South 34th Street
(Fisher Fine Arts Library)
10% Discount on cards and exhibition catalogues.
Class of 1923 Ice Rink
3130 Walnut Street
$1.00 Off admission.
Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA)
118 S. 36th Street
10% Off ICA-produced catalogues and merchandise, and $1.00 off admission to ticketed events. (Note: ICA admission is free.)
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Free general admission. www.morris
Penn Transit Free use of Penn Shuttle and Bus services for the Alumni card holder and up to two guest passengers going to the same destination. Free use of Penn walking escort service.
The Office of Gift Planning
3600 Market Street, Suite 135
Free Personal Financial Affairs Record (while supplies last).

University of Pennsylvania Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street
10% Discount on in-store purchases with Alumni card. Penn Bookstore

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street

Free Museum general admission.

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
3420 Walnut Street

Access to Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, including evenings and weekends. Borrowing privileges available for an additional fee. See Courtesy Borrowers for fee schedule.

Benefits listed above are effective as of January 31, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.

It can take up to two (2) hours for building access privileges to become available again after receiving a new PennCard. This applies for most campus buildings.

If you previously had access to Perelman School of Medicine buildings and recently received a new or renewed PennCard, you must contact PSOM Security to have your access restored. Visit 109 Stellar-Chance Laboratories or call 215.898.0196. You must contact this office to renew your access each time you receive a new PennCard.