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Benjamin Franklin Scholars

A vibrant community of students at Penn who share a passion for broad intellectual exploration


Pursuit of Knowledge

BFS offers small, challenging classes that reach out to non-specialists, facilitate close engagement with faculty, promote independent thinking, stimulate research, and encourage curiosity outside the box.

A Sense of Community

BFS fosters a community within one of the world's great universities through its distinctive curriculum, shared housing in Hill College House, and a bustling calendar of BFS events. BFS is an umbrella program covering scholars programs for students in all four undergraduate schools: the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the School of Nursing, and The Wharton School.


BFS is a campus-wide program, building bridges among all four Undergraduate schools.  We encourage exploration beyond the concentration, and even outside the home college. Special BFS programs bring in world-renowned speakers, and provide opportunities for international internships.

Read more about the guiding principles of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program


BFS Administrative Staff

Academic Coordinator for Scholar Programs
Christine Muller

Graduate Fellow for Scholar Programs
Bridgette Springer