Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania and Penn GSE! We are excited that you may be joining our next class.

Accepted Students:

Why Choose Penn GSE?


Congratulations on your acceptance to Penn GSE!

In the video on the left, follow five current students as they share their thoughts on food, friends, faculty, and why they chose to live and learn in Philadelphia.



A Letter from the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Penn GSE has the advantage of being a small school nestled within a large university. While Penn consists of 10,000 graduate students from 12 schools on campus, GSE consists of 1,000 students with over 20 areas of specialization...

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Here's what you'll need for a successful start to your studies. Some of these steps vary by program, so be on the lookout for additional information from your program.

Students in Penn GSE's Teacher Ed program should follow the steps below ... and click here for more!

  1. Celebrate!

  2. Learn more about the Financial Aid process and what GSE has to offer by joining one of our Admitted Student Webinars.

    Click here for times and to RSVP.

  3. Join the GSE community by accepting your offer of admission.

    To accept your offer of admission, fill out and submit your enrollment form along with your tuition deposit by check via mail to:

    3700 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

    If you were awarded a scholarship or graduate assistantship, be sure to print, sign, and return the offer letter.

  4. Connect with other new students.

    Join the Incoming Penn GSE Students Facebook Group.

  5. Create your Penn username

    An email from PennKey will be sent after the submission of your enrollment form and deposit one semester prior to matriculation. For example, if you've received an acceptance notification in November but won't matriculate until the following fall, your setup code will be sent during the spring semester. (The code expires after 60 days and after that time you will have to ask for a new one, so be sure to check your inbox and spam folders to make sure you don't miss it!) For help, click here.

  6. Create a Penn GSE e-mail account.

    (but you'll need a PennKey to do this, so go back to Step 5 if you don't have your PennKey yet).

  7. Apply for financial aid!

    If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, visit for financial aid information. Next, go to and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, preferably by April 15.

  8. Sign up for Direct Deposit.

    Direct deposit is the quickest and easiest way to have any student account refunds, wages, or other university reimbursements automatically deposited into your personal U.S. bank account. Go to Penn InTouch, select "Student Billing," and then "Enroll in Direct Deposit."

  9. Find a place to live.

    Applications for On-Campus Housing Resources are available after April 1. If you're interested in Off-Campus Housing, begin searching after March 1. Applications for Graduate Associate Positions are available after December 1. For general information about moving to Philadelphia, click here.

  10. Update your personal information.

    Update your address information, emergency contacts, and profile on Penn InTouch. Carefully review your billing, local, and permanent addresses so that communications from Penn and GSE will be sent to the correct address. To update your email address, go to the Penn Directories and click "Update directory listings."

  11. Go to the Student Health Services website

    for information on required health insurance and immunizations.

  12. Register for new student orientation!

  13. Register for classes!

    Again, you'll need a PennKey (Step 5). Once you've registered, be sure to check for course info, syllabi, and readings on Canvas.

  14. Explore support services at Penn,

    such as Counseling and Psychological Services and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. Students with a disability who wish to self-identify with Student Disabilities Services should click here for more information and to receive accommodations.

  15. Learn about other campus resources,

    like the Graduate Student Center (Penn's home base for graduate and professional students) and the Family Resource Center (a hub for resources and activities for students with children).

  16. Show off your school spirit!

    Order GSE clothing and collectibles from the Penn GSE store


Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-6415

Student Affairs Office

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 898-2059