Accept your offer of admission
Follow the directions in your decision letter or notification for how to officially accept your offer of admission.
Set up your Penn Key
Your PennKey gives you access to a Penn email account and many other essential online services, including many on this checklist. You will receive a Penn Key set-up code via email at a time determined by your school or program. Register your PennKey as soon as you receive the code.
Set up your Penn Accounts
Once you have your PennKey, you can sign up for other Penn accounts and services. See available services and additional information on our Accounts & IT page.
Find a place to live
Housing around Penn (and in Philadelphia, in general) is at a premium, so get started early. We recommend starting your housing search at least 90 days before your move-in date. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the housing search tools available from Penn’s Off-Campus Services to help you find privately managed housing on- and off-campus. Check our New Student Events Calendar for upcoming housing information sessions to learn more about your options and searching for housing in and around Philadelphia.
Apply for Financial Aid
Contact your school's Financial Aid office or University Student Registration & Financial Services for assistance with your financial aid; there are different deadlines depending on the school to which you have been accepted. Most deadlines fall between March 1 and May 1.
Set up Penn.Pay for student bills and refunds
Your first bill will arrive after you have registered for classes (according to this schedule), so be sure to set up Penn.Pay by the end of June. Go to Path@Penn and select "Penn.Pay" in the Financial Services box.
Log into Campus Express
Campus Express provides a convenient portal for accessing a number of Penn services, including your PennCard (school ID), dining, transportation and parking, ordering books and technology, registering property, and more. You can also learn about discounts for Penn students!
Apply for your PennCard
A PennCard is the official identification card for Penn and gives you access to University buildings and services. PennCards also come with a pre-paid debit card feature called PennCash, which reduces the need to carry cash, debit cards, and credit cards on campus.
New students apply for their PennCard at Campus Express Online. Consult with your program to see whether your card will be provided at school orientation or if you need to make an appointment to pick up your card upon arrival to campus.
Spouses/domestic partners and children of current students can also obtain a PennCard to access many campus services, visit the PennCard website to learn how to obtain a card.
Be sure you complete all the necessary tasks before you arrive; see the International Student & Scholars Services (ISSS) Pre-Arrival Checklist and learn more about how to Prepare for Penn as a new international student. You can also participate in an Online Information Session for Incoming International Graduate Students before you arrive!
Complete immunization requirements
Complete the necessary immunization requirements by June 1 if you are attending summer session classes, or by July 1 if you are attending fall semester classes.
Enroll in Student Health Insurance or submit insurance waiver
You must sign up for Student Health Insurance or submit proof of qualifying comprehensive insurance coverage by the deadline of August 31. If you miss this deadline, you will automatically be enrolled (and billed for) student health insurance.
Review Health Insurance and Immunization Compliance information to be sure you meet all requirements. Visit the Wellness at Penn website or view a recording of our Student Health Insurance Webinar to learn more.