Cohort Events & Initiatives

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The Cohort Gingerbread House Competition at Winter Whartonland

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 few weeks on campus. Each cohort is broken up into teams to locate various places and participate in a variety of activities on Penn’s campus.

Hauntsman Halloween

Students participate in a pumpkin-carving competition among cohorts and enjoy seasonal treats to celebrate Halloween.

Cohort Thanksgiving

Students enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with their cohort.

Winter Whartonland

This annual event celebrates the end of the fall semester and features food, hot beverages, and a variety of fun activities, including the Cohort Gingerbread House Competition.


Cohort Cup

Each year, the nine cohorts compete for the coveted Cohort Cup. Students earn points for their cohorts through friendly competitions such as the Amazing Cohort Race and participating in events. The cohort with the most points at the end of the semester wins the Cohort Cup and has a celebratory event!

Cohort Cup Winners:

  • 2017-2018: Cohort Yuan
  • 2016-2017: Cohort Rupee
  • 2015-2016: Cohort Shekel
  • 2014-2015: Cohort Rupee
  • 2013-2014: Cohort Peso
  • 2012-2013: Cohort Peso
  • 2011-2012: Cohort Shekel
  • 2010-2011: Cohort Shekel
  • 2009-2010: Cohort Dollar
  • 2008-2009: Cohort Dollar
  • 2007-2008: Cohort Rand
  • 2006-2007: Cohort Yen