Graduate Admissions

Our online application for Fall 2020 is open! You can begin your application now and save parts of it as often as you’d like. When you put in your recommenders’ information, our system will automatically send them directions and the link for submitting their letters of recommendation online.

Our new website has finally rolled out and the web freeze is over! Now we can catch you up to all that’s been happening for the past few weeks...

We had a major thunderstorm last Thursday, so the kickoff date for Screenings Under the Stars was cancelled. But it should be nice tonight. This free movie series, on Penn’s Landing, features blockbusters such as tonight’s Crazy Rich Asians. Added bonus: prior to every screening, enjoy a short film from the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcasing new films that celebrate the beauty of the earth, explore challenges facing our planet, and entertain, inform, and inspire personal action. See you there!

The weather has been so hot and humid here that we can’t wait to get into work and enjoy the air conditioning. But this morning was perfect for a walk to work. Philadelphia is known for its walkability and today was no exception!

If you have visited Manhattan lately, it is almost impossible to miss the High Line, a 1.45-mile-long greenway built on a historic, elevated freight line, which was designed in part by James Corner Field Operations, the firm of Professor Emeritus James Corner, MLA’86.

Photo: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

No one does the Fourth of July like Philadelphia, the birthplace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! We started on Saturday with fireworks over the Delaware River and culminate on Thursday with a parade, Party on the Parkway, Welcome America concert (FREE!) with Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor, and fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more here.

Rocky statue located at the bottom right of the "Rocky Steps" - Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The summer is slipping away and the fall semester will be underway before we know it. If you're a new student already in Philadelphia or a returning student in the city this week, you should check out UWISHUNU's list of events not to miss this week. A few highlights of events that we may be stopping into ourselves: viewing the Youth Artist Program's year-end show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before it closes on Saturday (and visiting the Rocky statue, pictured above, for those of you that are new to Philly!), the night market on Fairmount Avenue, getting a last-minute ticket for a day at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and a perennial favorite, the Uhuru Flea Market at Clark Park in West Philly.

You’re probably wondering what’s happening with us in the Admissions office. This summer we’ve been updating the application and also our website, gearing up for the Fall 2020 application cycle. We project that the application will be open in a few weeks and definitely by the end of August. We also are planning our Fall Open House, which will be held on October 28. Stay tuned for more news later in August!

Penn is located in University City, which is filled with innovative and diverse dining options, from gastropubs to Ethiopian. We can’t wait for University City Dining Days to start on Thursday! UCDD is similar to Center City’s Restaurant Week, with fixed price meals. Go here for participating restaurants and their corresponding menus. Mmmm, I’m getting hungry already!

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that Philadelphia is a major foodie city (and we're its biggest fans). Besides great restaurants, we have open-air farmers markets during the summer in addition to the year-round Reading Terminal Market and Italian Market. This Saturday kicks off Philadelphia’s largest open-air market series on the waterfront. The Food Trust’s Market at Cherry Street Pier combines the traditional farmers market with weekly programming that includes local retailers, creative sellers, and visual artists. Every Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. through November 16, Cherry Street Pier is open for you to grab fresh produce, purchase a gift from vendors, enjoy work from local artists and take in views of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Philadelphia has a great public transportation system, with buses, trolleys, subways, and regional rail. We all take public transportation to work which is why we’re keeping an eye on the debate between the City and SEPTA, about allowing free transportation between transit modes in order to increase ridership and decrease traffic congestion. Interested? Read more here.

Billy Fleming, Director of our Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, writes in an essay that the Green New Deal is the biggest design idea in a century. It will require the help of design professionals in areas that touch land use; landcape architects, urban planners, architects, and engineers. To read his essay, go here.