For the Red & the Blue

Founded in 1899, the Friars Senior Society recognizes seniors who have made a significant contribution to the University of Pennsylvania in all areas of campus life. 

Lifelong Community

Over 2,100 Friar Senior Society alumni live in the United States
and in over 20 other countries throughout the world.

Giving Back

Community Service and Friars go hand in hand. They’ve raised over $25,000 with their fall Friarside Coffeehouse over the years and have held bake sales, cooked meals for those who can’t and participated in a variety of other service events each spring as well.


Supporting each other at games, shows, social nights, as well as at Penn and their own creative events during their Friar year makes all the difference!

120 Years of Friars and Counting

Proud to be heralded as the oldest and most active senior society at Penn over the decades.

Once A Friar, Always a Friar

Your Friars experience doesn’t end when you graduate,
it is a lifelong adventure of fun and adventures!


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Friar Classes

US States


Friars and Alumni Day @ Penn

After the Alumni parade meet Friars at POD

2022 Annual Spring Dinner – downtown

April 17, 2018 in downtown Philly

2022 Winter Friar Quizzo Tournament

April 14, 2020 in downtown Philly

2022 Fall Speaker Series (dates vary)

April 14, 2020 in downtown Philly


We bring together top leaders from the Penn community who might not have otherwise crossed paths to further the spirit of our founder, Daniel S. Keller. They meet, plan, and attend a variety of social and community events throughout their senior year. 


Each year Friars raise thousands of dollars for charity. Whether we’re organizing an event for elementary students or a fundraiser for victims of a sudden natural disaster, we support the wider community just as much as we support each other.


Each Friar class is completely different from the previous one. We are a diverse bunch of scholars, artists, athletes, and campus leaders from all corners of Penn. Anyone who has contributed to the Penn community embodies the Friar spirit.


Friar Spotlight

Matt Klapper C'05

The Chief of Staff for US Attorney, Merrick Garland, Matt is just one of over 40 Friars working in government. He is also the first four-year class president at Penn.

Penn President Sheldon Hackney H'88

During his term, he raised undergraduate minority enrollment from 13 to 30 percent. SIX University presidents are Friars:  George W. McClelland, Martin Meyerson, Sheldon Hackney, Amy Gutmann and interim presidents: Claire Fagin and Wendall Pritchett!

Elizabeth Banks C'96

Award-winning Hollywood actress, director, and female empowerment advocate. Famous for The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect. Elizabeth is one of almost 100 Friars making waves in entertainment.

Real People. Real Impact.

From Ivy League athletics to performing arts to student governance, the Friars legacy extends to all corners of campus.


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