Student Handbook

Office of Engagement & New Student Programs

Revised August 17, 2018

Office of Engagement & New Student Programs
Office of Engagement and New Student Programs, University Commons, 215-517-2481  

The Office of Engagement and New Student Programs (ENSP) supports integrative learning, growth, and development through student organizations, leadership initiatives, and social, educational, and cultural programming for new and current students.  Through fulfilling our mission, students develop five core competencies:

  • Personal development involves an understanding of oneself and is the first step toward personal success and fulfillment. Students will build resiliency and develop an awareness of self, assessing personal strengths and identifying areas of growth for continued development.
  • Interpersonal networks is the development of deep personal connections with others based upon reciprocal honest and direct communication, sincerity, and mutual respect for others. Students will interact effectively with a variety of individuals and groups to create meaningful relationships and communities.
  • Leadership development involves a spectrum of skills and character qualities that result in a well-rounded student prepared to influence positive change on the community. Students will understand that leadership is a lifelong process, is relationship-oriented, and situational in nature.
  • Developing social responsibility and civility require students to demonstrate ethical behavior, take action against injustice, be informed, and be an active, engaged community member. Through these interactions, students will gain an appreciation of diversity, respect for others, and acquire essential skills for their life after college.
  • Students experience professional development which enhances effective leadership, employability, and lifelong learning while fostering intellectual curiosity and an ability to relate knowledge to daily life and larger contexts. Students will create a professional identity by fully integrating and utilizing learning that happens both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Office of Engagement and New Student Programs is located on the first floor of the University Commons. The Student Government Organization (SGO) and Student Programming Board (SPB) also have offices in the University Commons on the second floor, and space is available for all student groups to meet, work on projects, conduct business, and create programming related to their organization. The University Commons also serves as the living room of campus, a place for students to study, unwind, and relax. Housed in the University Commons includes The Chat, Game Room, and Great Room.