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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 Path@Penn

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. Join the Penn GSE LinkedIn Group

The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid has launched a LinkedIn group for admitted students who have accepted their offer. If you have accepted your offer and made your deposit, we invite you to join this group and connect with other incoming Penn GSE students. Check your email for your invitation.

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 Path@Penn, 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.

Final Academic Documentation 

Submit final and official documentation for all degree coursework with an “Awaiting” status on your Enrollment Checklist. All documentation should show final grades for coursework completed and degrees conferred, if applicable. Documentation can be sent directly to the Admissions Office via e-copy at or by mail at 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

For Institutions in the United States - Request an official transcript directly from the Registrar’s Office.

For institutions outside the United States - Request to have your final transcripts evaluated by a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluations Services. Most evaluators offer the option to “upgrade” your initial evaluation with the final degree documents.

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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

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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.

Download Guide

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

Contact the Penn GSE Office of Student Services

Office of Student Services

Ann Tiao

Assistant Dean of Student Services
(215) 898-7019

Imani Harvin

Associate Director and Case Manager for Student Services 
(215) 573-2872

Whitney Jones

Coordinator for Student Services 
(215) 898-6456