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Pennsic University

Greetings unto the scholars and students of the Known World!

We of Pennsic University are looking forward to helping you learn.

The vast array of class subjects and teachers should fuel anyone's search for knowledge, and it is our joy to bring this to you.

We hope that you all will spread this learning throughout the Known World, and come back next year enriched and ready to share even more!

Chancellor of the University

Captain Elias Gedney

Registrar (Class Scheduler)

Baroness Gwynnyd of York

University Point Coordinator

Lady Adele Desfontaines

Pennsic University "Thing" User Support
Contact THL Artemisia Lacebrayder

Pennsic U Facebook page Visit the University's Facebook page for info and updates about this year's classes!

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Pennsic University News

Teacher Registration for Pennsic 47 University classes is now OPEN

Expansion of Bog U, New "Runestone Campus" Class Tents

In addition to the expansion of Bog University in E24, we will have three new class tents (RS1, RS2, RS3) at the bottom of the Runestone Field, on or near block W13 by the shower house.

It is because of you teachers and students that we are expanding, and we want you to know how much we appreciate it!

Help Wanted

We are looking for a "Runestone Campus Groundskeeper" to keep an eye on the RS tents, make sure the tents are properly closed at night (and in bad weather), and opened up again in the morning.

If you are camping in that area and would like to help us keep this resource working, please contact Lady Adele (University Point Coordinator) to discuss details and availability.


For Teachers

Thank you for volunteering to share your knowledge and your passion for the arts and sciences with the Pennsic populace!


As in the past, registrations for new classes will be accepted all the way through Pennsic. Classes are generally scheduled as they are submitted, so to get the time slots and locations you want, register early!

Classes that are registered by the publication deadline (May 1) will appear in the Pennsic Guide Book. Classes registered after that date will appear in the on-line schedule, in the Pennsic Independent and will be posted at University Point.

Teacher Registration

Teachers - please familiarize yourself with the University Policies and FAQs, then register to teach at You can enter, update, and even delete your classes yourself.

If you have questions about teaching a class or about the on-line Teacher Registration, contact the Registrar, Baroness Gwynnyd of York. She will be happy to answer any questions, but all requests to teach must be submitted in writing.

Returning teachers

Please log in with the same email and password as last year; all your teacher information should still be there.

You will be asked to update your profile. Please take the time to make sure all your information is up-to-date and correct: date of arrival at Pennsic, Kingdom, Phone, Email, etc.

You will be able to import your classes from last year:

  • On your Classes page you will see last year's classes.
  • If you click on the "Request for This Year" button, a class form will open up with all the data already filled out (except anything related to date or scheduling).
  • Please review the class information, make sure it is current and correct, and then enter your day/time requests and any other special scheduling info.
  • Click the "Create Class" button and you are done!

Registered teachers - after arriving at Pennsic

After you arrive at Pennsic, please check in at University Point at your earliest convenience, to let us know you are on-site and ready to teach, and to pick up your teacher tokens.

If your class will be held in a private camp, merchant tent, or other location, please provide University Point with detailed directions to your camp from the Point.

University Point will open on Tuesday, July 31 and will be open every day of War from 9 am to 4 pm. University Point closes for business at noon on Thursday, August 9.

Teachers are not required nor expected to check IDs or ages of anyone attending their classes. We trust that parents will use good judgement in sending their children to appropriate classes; and that the teachers will use good judgement and inform the responsible adult with any youth if material in the class is unsuitable for minors.

Pennsic University Teacher FAQs

General Questions

• Do I have to re-register on Thing if I taught last year?
• Can I reuse last year's class information if I want to teach it again?
• Can I request a specific tent or location for my class?
• How can I schedule multiple sessions of a class at different dates and times?
• What if my class doesn't fall under an existing topic?
• Do I really need to check in at University Point before my class?
• Do you really mean "No Limits" when it comes to class size?
• How much can I charge?
• Can the University make copies for me?
• Does the University have teaching equipment?
• Can I use electrical equipment?
• Will I be reimbursed for expenses or receive an honorarium?
• Can I teach a class in my encampment or at my merchant booth? • Can I get extra space in my encampment to teach classes?

Class Registration Issues

• My class listing has an error
• I need a different slot for my class
• Why didn't I get the number of classes I requested?
• I had trouble using the registration form.    
• How should I write my class description?

University Policies

The University Policies document contains policies on: Merchants and Remuneration, Tent Use, Youths Attending Classes, Professional Standards of Practice, Heat Sources, Class Publication, Attendance and Signup Lists, Tent Furniture, Tent Vehicle Use, and Tent Walls/Weather.


For Students

Attending Classes

There are no advance sign-ups for classes; just show up at the right time and location. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances for seating and handouts/materials (if available).

Come to University Point (formerly A&S Point) for help in finding times and locations of classes, or directions to classes held at other locations around Pennsic. We are located between the Motor Pool and Artisans' Row on St. Lawrence Way in the Pennsic University block.


  • Minors are welcome to attend Pennsic University classes.
  • Children under 12 may attend classes in the regular University tents when accompanied by a responsible adult appointed by their parent or legal guardian who stays with them during the class.
  • Any minor who wishes to attend a University class in a private encampment or in a merchant booth must be accompanied by a responsible adult who stays with them during the class.
  • Unruly or disruptive youth will be asked to leave the class as per Society Seneschal Handbook Policy.
  • Classes specifically geared for minors are handled through Youth Point and will adhere to all relevant policies for youth activities.


Pennsic University Class Listings

Pennsic Book

The schedule of classes will be included in the Pennsic site book. However, the book goes to press well before War starts. Additions, deletions, and changes to classes will be posted each day at University Point, printed in the Pennsic Independent newspaper, and available on-line at Thing (look under "Schedules/Changes from Book").

Up-to-date class listings

The full class schedule is available at the online University Class scheduling site, Thing. Use the "Schedule/All Classes" menu to view printable/mobile device-friendly versions of the calendar.

You can also create an account on Thing to follow the classes you want to take, and create your own personal schedule of classes to print off or view on your mobile device.

Feedback is welcome and appreciated to

If you have any issues using Thing or any bugs or Kudos you wish to pass on to the developers, then please report them at


Class Locations

Pennsic University activities take place in several locations.
  • University Square (St. Lily's Commons)
    Class tents 1 - 13
    (see map)

  • Dragon Trace tents
    Class tents 14 - 15
    (see map - next to the Watch tent)

  • TumbleHome Square (includes Artisans' Row)
    Class tents 16 - 19
    (see map - on Chandler's Road, next to the Great Hall)

  • Bog U
    (see map - block E24, southeast side of the lake)

  • Runestone Campus - NEW!
    Three new class tents (RS1, RS2, RS3) near the bottom of the Runestone Hill.
    (see map - on or near block W13, southwest side of the lake)

  • Dance Pavilion, Games' Tent
    (see map)

  • Main Battlefield, Tourney Fields (east side of the Battlefield), Archery Range, Thrown Weapons Range
    (see map)

  • College of Performing Arts, Amphitheater
    (see map - behind the merchants on the Great Middle Hwy )

  • Youth Point, Heralds' Point
    (see map - by the Playground)

  • Middle Eastern Pavilion
    (see map - east side of the Great Middle Hwy, on top of the hill)

  • Æthelmearc Scribal Pavilion, Private Camps, Merchant Booths: directions available at University Point


Volunteers Needed!

We strongly encourage volunteers to become part of the Pennsic University team. Many hands make light(er) work! Please contact Lady Adele (University Point Coordinator)

Positions: Five people are needed for each 2 hour shift:

University Point desk staff - 2 per shift, to answer questions and assist students in finding classes.

Pennsic University Ambassadors - 2 per shift, to rove around the University area providing directions, along with some other duties around the University.

University Point Shift Supervisor - 1 per shift, to answer questions and man the database.

All positions will be documented with easy-to-use reference cards, so you don't need any special knowledge, except the knowledge that we will think you are awesome!

Also - We are looking for a "Runestone Campus Groundskeeper" to keep an eye on the RS tents, make sure the tents are properly closed at night (and in bad weather), and opened up again in the morning.


Last Year's Teachers/Classes


  • to get in touch with one of last year's teachers
  • to get information about a previous year's class, or
  • to request that a class be taught again this year

    please contact the Registrar or the University Point Coordinator (see top of page) by email or through our Facebook page.


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