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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania and Penn GSE! We are excited to welcome you to our next class. The resources and information on this page are designed to assist you as you prepare for and begin your time here at Penn.

Welcome Letter From the Assistant Dean for Student Services

Ann Tiao, Assistant Dean for Student Services

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. So while our students have the benefit of studying in an interdisciplinary environment with a variety of world class campus resources (such as the Graduate Student CenterCareer Services, and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center), they also enjoy personal attention and support from faculty and staff that simply would not occur in a larger setting.

Each year, we tell our incoming students that our role at GSE is to provide a supportive, nurturing environment for them to pursue their academic goals. From orientation to commencement, we take that responsibility seriously and count on our close relationships with students, alumni, and faculty to make our students' experiences fulfilling and meaningful. 

GSE students have a variety of opportunities to have an impact on the life of the school. Some examples include serving on school committees, in leadership positions in GSE Student Government or student organizations, or as representatives to the Penn Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA). Students who like to participate in supportive roles find a wide array of social, cultural, and academic programs and events to attend. Actually there is so much happening both at GSE — and at Penn — that our students' dilemma is how to choose from among the abundance of options available throughout the semester. 

At Penn GSE, we are committed to achieving a more diverse and inclusive community of learners. GSE is intellectually exciting, of course — but we think you'll find your student experience to be challenging and inspiring as well. Please stop by my office in Room 225 to share your suggestions and concerns about how we might improve your experience. If you prefer, you can reach me at

I look forward to meeting you in person.

Ann Tiao, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Student Services
Penn GSE

Incoming Student Checklist 

As you prepare to join the Penn GSE community, here are the key steps you'll need to take for a successful start to your studies. Please refer to your offer of admission and communications from Penn and your program manager for important updates and deadlines. 

1. Respond to your offer of admission.

Click the link labeled "Complete your decision form" in your online account portal to officially enroll and pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit, if required. 

2. Submit all required acceptance documents.

Your acceptance letter outlines any required documents and deadlines. These will include signed acceptance of scholarship and/or graduate assistantship awards and final and official transcripts

3. Create your Penn username and email.

Your PennKey is your official Penn username. After you submit your enrollment form and pay your deposit, you will receive a set-up code via email -- be sure to check your spam folder!

4. Update your personal information on Penn InTouch.

Update your email address, mailing address, emergency contacts, and profile information. Note that you will need to list a Penn approved email account to receive important information from the university.

5. Attend a Virtual Admitted Students Preview Session.

Admitted students will receive an invitation to attend a Virtual Admitted Students Preview Session. These sessions will provide an overview of the student resources such as student services, career services, financial aid, and campus housing. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet faculty, program staff, and future cohort members.

6. Visit the Campus Express Portal.

Through Campus Express, you can submit an application for your Penn ID card (PennCard), explore housing and dining options, learn about transportation on campus and in Philadelphia, and order textbooks online. 



7. 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.

8. Sign up for direct deposit.

In Penn InTouch, you can enroll in direct deposit to have any student account refunds, wages, or other university reimbursements automatically deposited into your personal U.S. bank account. Go to "Student billing" and then "Enroll in direct deposit" to sign up.

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Deferring your admission

In general, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid does not award deferrals to our incoming master’s students. However, there are some exceptional situations where a deferral may be granted. If you believe your situation warrants consideration, you are welcome to apply for a deferral beginning the first week in May. Please be in touch with the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at that time to request our deferral application. All deferral applications must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

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Financing your degree

If you are applying for federal loans, be sure to complete your FAFSA. Penn'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. 

Affording Penn GSE

West Philadelphia Houses

Finding a place to live

Philadelphia offers a variety of housing options for students, and both on-campus and off-campus housing is available during your time at Penn. Penn Residential Services has many resources to help you explore your housing options.

Residential Services

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Additional resources for international students

International students should visit Penn's International Student & Scholar Services website for additional resources on navigating the immigration process and life at Penn. GSE holds an additional orientation for international students at the start of the academic year in August, and information will be sent by email.

International Student Resources

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Funding resource guide for Ed.D. students

This guide is intended to assist Ed.D. students in full-time and part-time programs in planning for their enrollment.

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Contact Information

Office of Student Services

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Office of Admissions & Financial Aid

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-6415