Graduate Admissions

  • Happy hour on Meyerson Plaza

Get to Know Us

Introduce yourself here to receive news and other information about PennDesign. Our Fall Open House will be held on November 5. If you are unable to attend, you are still welcome to visit the School. Contact your department to set up a tour and/or meeting. If you can't make it to Philadelphia, check out our virtual tour. An Open House for admitted and waitlisted candidates will be held at the end of March. More information will be sent out when notification letters are available in mid-March.

Meet Our Students

Meet Our Alumni

PennDesign Alumni - what they're up to! We checked in with a few of our graduates and invite you to hear what they are doing now, in their own words.

Preston Hull, MSHP'16

Casey Weisdock, MSHP'16

Joe Mester, MSHP'16

Angelina Jones, MSHP/MLA'16

Chieh Huang, MLA'15

Claire Laurence, MArch'15

Natessa Amin, MFA'15

Matthew DiScenna, MCP'15

Will Morgan, MCP'14

Xiufang Zhao, MEBD'14

Kyle O'Connor, MArch/MLA'13

Lindsey Gael, MCP'13

Christine Beckman, MSHP'13

JulieAnn Murphy, MSHP'13

PennDesign In Your Town

Not able to visit PennDesign? We may be coming to you! Check out the locations below. More to come as we set them up!

September 12
Idealist Graduate School Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion
New York, NY

September 25
SUNY-ESF Graduate and Professional School Fair
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Gateway Center
Syracuse, NY

September 26
Cornell University Graduate School Day
Cornell University, Barton Hall
Ithaca, NY

Ithaca College Grad School Expo
Ithaca College, Campus Center
Ithaca, NY

September 27
Binghamton University Graduate School Fair
Binghamton University, Mandela Room/Old Union Hall
Binghamton, NY

Syracuse University Graduate School Information Fair
Syracuse University, Schine Student Center
Syracuse, NY

September 29
Boston Society of Architects
Architecture/Design College Fair
Boston, MA

October 1
Cocktail Reception for Prospective Students with PennDesign Alumni
Boston, MA

Idealist Graduate School Fair
Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

October 4
Cocktail Reception for Prospective Students with Alumni
San Francisco, CA

October 6
Philadelphia Architecture + Design Fair
Temple University, Tyler School of Art
Philadelphia, PA

October 17
UCSD Graduate & Professional School Fair
University of California San Diego, Library Walk
La Jolla, CA

October 18
USC Graduate Schools Fair*
University of Southern California, Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA
* Students and alumni from the following southern California schools are invited to attend this fair: USC, Claremont McKenna College, CSU-Long Beach, Harvey Mudd College, Loyola Marymount University, Occidental College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Scripps College, and Whittier College.

October 19
NOMA Conference
Chicago, IL

October 20
Chicago Architecture + Design College Day
Chicago, IL

October 27
California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

November 5
PennDesign Open House
University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
Philadelphia, PA

Online Information Sessions

Every fall and spring semester we hold a number of online information sessions on specific topics. We also host informal web chats with our current students and admissions staff. Instructions on how to join the web chats and webinars will be posted here 15 minutes before they begin. Transcripts from previous web chats and past online information sessions can be found below.


  • Our Financial Aid Webinar was held on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018. The recorded session can be viewed here.

Recordings From Past Online Information Sessions

Past Open House Presentations

Transcripts of Previous Web Chats