Pre-Arrival Checklist

What should you do before you arrive to campus?

Submit your official transcripts and/or evaluations: Please have your prior institution(s) send us your official transcripts or complete a course-by-course evaluation. If you recently finished a degree, be sure to wait until degree conferral is reflected on your transcript. We require this official documentation from all institutions you attended for credit, including institutions where you did not complete a degree program. Please see detailed instructions under Transcripts and Evaluations on our supporting materials page to ensure that you provide the correct documentation for your prior study. This official documentation should be provided to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid as soon as possible but no later than the start of your degree program at the end of August. Failure to provide this required documentation may prevent you from registering for future coursework at the Weitzman School. Please note: Copies of transcripts uploaded to your online admission application are not considered official and do not meet this requirement.

Set up your PennKey: You should receive a “PennKey Set-up Code” via email or postal mail within 2-3 business days after submitting your enrollment decision form and paying your enrollment deposit. This code allows you access to many of the University of Pennsylvania’s electronic online services, including the University’s online registration system. When setting up your PennKey, you will be given a choice of usernames. Please choose carefully because once a PennKey name is chosen it may not be changed. Your PennKey name is also your email address. If none of the usernames presented are acceptable to you, you may enter an acceptable name of your choosing (must be between 3-8 characters). The PennNames application will check to see if your choice is available, and inform you of any errors.

If you have not received your PennKey Set-up Code, or have having difficulty setting up your PennKey, please go to the PennKey website, or complete their Contact Form for assistance. Further questions about PennKey may be answered on the Campus Express FAQ page

Complete Student Health Insurance Waiver or Enroll in the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP): All full-time and dissertation status students are required to have acceptable health insurance coverage for both in-patient and out-patient medical care in the Philadelphia area and to provide information about their insurance coverage each year. As a condition of enrollment in the University, students subject to this requirement are required to either request an insurance waiver online or to actively enroll in Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP) online. Full-time and dissertation status students who do not file their selection by May 31st (summer enrollment) or August 31st (fall enrollment) will be enrolled in PSIP unless they provide proof of acceptable alternative coverage. Please note that students enrolled via this mechanism may experience a disruption in coverage due to the increased processing time. If you wish to be enrolled in PSIP please actively do so online. Check the SHS website for other important dates. 

Complete Immunization Requirements: All full-time students and all students living in campus housing are subject to certain health requirements, including submission of health information indicating that students are fully immunized for certain diseases and submission of personal health history questionnaires. Students must submit this information via a secure website and the immunization information that is submitted via the website must be verified in order for your information to become part of your student record. Please see the instructions for submission on the SHS website. The deadline for submission is July 1st.

Login to Campus Express: Campus Express – where your Penn journey begins: Banking, Books, Dining, Housing, PennCard, Rental insurance, and Transportation. Campus Express is your one stop shop for the most essential student services at Penn. Login today and start your Penn journey. 

Complete Action Items for All Students in the PennPortal: Please visit the PennPortal and complete the items listed on the left side menu box titled "Action items for all students" which includes Emergency Contact Information, Privacy Setting Options, Direct Deposit, etc.

Access your Penn email account. This is the main channel of communication between you, your department, and the school administration. Weitzman IT Services will automatically set up a Penn O365 account for any new student enrolled in late April, and you will receive a message to your personal email account provided on your enrollment decision form with instructions and important information.

Read the Weitzman Student Handbook and the PennBook: All students are expected to be familiar with the policies and procedures that govern student life and academic work at Penn and Weitzman.

Register for courses. You will need to set up your PennKey before you will be able to access the online registration system. You should follow instructions from your academic department about registering for courses.

Student Disabilities Services works tirelessly to ensure the University is accessible to all students and is a great resource for students who self-identify with a disability. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them with any questions or concerns. You can find more information on their website.

For a full list of resources be sure to head to our Current Students page!

Check out our Post-Arrival Checklist once you are on campus.