Admitted Student’s Checklist

Congratulations on receiving acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education! 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. Urban Teaching Apprenticeship students, click here for additional information.

  1. Participate in a Penn GSE preview event. Admitted students will receive an emailed invitation to the email address provided on the application. Preview events will be held in March and April.
  2. Join the GSE community by responding to your offer of admission. Just click the link labeled "Complete your decision form" in your online account portal to access the online enrollment form and to pay the enrollment deposit, if required (the dollar amount is noted on page 2). If accepting the offer, you have not enrolled until the form and any associated deposits have been submitted.
  3. Send in all the required acceptance documents by the deadlines outlined in your acceptance letter.  These include:
    1. Your signed acceptance of your scholarship and/or graduate assistantship award.
    2. A final transcript. Arrange for your graduating institution to send us the official copy of your final transcript showing date of degree conferral, addressed to “Office of Admissions & Financial Aid 3700 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216.”
      1. If you’ve used a NACES member organization for an evaluation for coursework completed outside the US during the application process, we require the same member to provide us with an updated evaluation.
    3. The following programs require that students obtain three criminal background and child abuse clearances, in accordance with PA law. Your program manager is required to collect copies of valid clearances and make them available to school districts or other clinical settings as required.
      • Counseling and Mental Health Services
      • Executive Program in School and Mental Health Counseling
      • Language and Literacy in Education
      • Professional Counseling and Mental Health Services
      • Reading/Writing/Literacy
      • Urban Teaching Apprenticeship 
  4. Create your Penn username (called a PennKey) as soon as you receive the set-up code via email from Penn's Office of Information Systems & Computing (ISC). (FYI: The code expires after 60 days and after that time you will have to request 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. Note that PennKey setup codes are sent after you’ve submitted your enrollment form and paid your enrollment deposit only.  If any one component is neglected, no code is sent.
    1. Admitted students with no US issued social security number will receive emailed instructions from Admissions prior to the release of a setup code.
  5. Update your personal information on Penn InTouch. Update your email address, mailing address, emergency contacts, and profile. You will need to list an email address (a Penn approved email account) in order to receive important information from the Penn Community.  Here you may also 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."
  6. Complete your FAFSA.  UPenn’s school code is 003378. The FAFSA serves as part of your application for federal loans, but will not yield additional grant or scholarship funds. The Preliminary Award Notice you received upon admission indicates your expected financial aid for the fall and spring. You will receive another notification from Student Financial Services in May that reflects your final loan eligibility.
  7. Visit Campus Express to get your Penn ID card, to sign up for parking and transportation, if needed.
  8. Find a place to live. Applications for On-Campus Housing Resources are available after April 1. Applications for Graduate Associate Positions are available after December 1. If you're interested in Off-Campus Housing, begin searching after March 1.
  9. Sign up for Health Insurance. Visit the Student Health Services website for information on required health insurance and immunizations. You will need to provide your up-to-date immunization record.
  10. Register for new student orientation! 
  11. 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.
    1. Some programs/divisions register their students for courses.  Be in touch with your program manager to determine whether or not this is done for you.
  12. Show off your school spirit! Order GSE clothing and collectibles from the Penn GSE store.