Graduate Admissions

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Get to Know Us

Introduce yourself here to receive news and other information about PennDesign. Our Open House was held on November 13. If you missed it, 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 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 and join us at one of these admissions events.

September 19

Idealist Graduate School Fair 
Metropolitan Pavilion
New York, NY

September 22

Lecture and Cocktail Reception with PennDesign Alumni
Boston, MA

September 23

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

September 26

SUNY-ESF Graduate and Professional School Fair
State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY

September 27

Cornell Graduate School Day
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

September 28

Binghamton Graduate School Fair
State University of New York, Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY

Syracuse Grad School Fair
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

October 5

Cocktail Reception with Alumni
San Francisco, CA

October 13

NOMA Conference 
Houston, TX

October 14

Chicago Architecture + Design College Day
Chicago, IL

October 21

ASLA Annual Meeting in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

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

October 22

San Francisco Graduate Portfolio Day
San Francisco, CA

October 25

Cedar Crest College and DeSales University Graduate School Fair*
Cedar Crest College, Hamilton Boulevard Building
Allentown, PA
*Students attending any of the six Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College) are invited to attend this event.

October 29

New York Graduate Portfolio Day
New York, NY

November 2

Howard Graduate School Fair
Howard University
Washington, DC

November 4

Chicago Graduate Portfolio Day
Chicago, IL

November 4

California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
CSU Channel Islands
Camarillo, California

November 13

PennDesign Open House
University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
Philadelphia, PA

November 18

Austin Graduate Portfolio Day
Austin, TX

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.

Upcoming Web Chats

  • Thursday, April 5th, 2018 from 6pm-7pm EDT.

Recordings From Past Online Information Sessions

Past Open House Presentations

Transcripts of Previous Web Chats