Welcome Historic Preservation Students

Welcome and congratulations! We are very pleased that you are considering joining us.

Ours is unique among preservation programs for its holistic grasp of the field. The marriage of critical and practical proficiency is our goal – and the hallmark of the 700+ Penn graduates working in the preservation field all over the world. Penn's program also has a long history, so our faculty have expertise in the whole range of areas needed to succeed in practice: preservation planning, site management, public history, design, and architectural conservation.

Due to guidelines for public gatherings issued by Penn in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Weitzman School’s Spring 2021 Open House will take place virtually on April 5 and will include both live and pre-recorded sessions. Admitted and wait-listed candidates will be notified via email for programming. Please be sure to check all your email folders (Clutter, Spam, Promotions, etc.) for announcements from Weitzman.

Feel free to visit the information posted on our website, including the most recent issue of Prospectus, the latest issue of the Penn journal Change Over Time, faculty and student work, upcoming events, course listings, student theses, and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to Penn and the long tradition of excellence in historic preservation in the School of Design.

Updated 2.09.2021

Important Dates

Mon, April 5  Virtual Weitzman School Open House
Mon, August 16  First day of Historic Preservation Summer Institute (HSPV 790-901)
Fri, August 27 Weitzman School New Student Orientation
Mon, August 30 (TBC)  Weitzman School Studio & Elective Presentations & Happy Hour
Tues, August 31  First day of fall 2021 classes

Summer Institute Begins August 16, 2021

The pre-semester Historic Preservation Institute will be held from Monday, August 16 through Thursday, August 26, 2021 for all incoming MSHP students; the programming will be hybrid, with in-person activities pending local coronavirus guidelines. The course fee is $500 that will be charged to your student billing account on the first day of the class. The summer institute serves several purposes: it begins your orientation to Philadelphia and its history and architecture and introduces some of the important skills, questions, and issues that will be at the center of your first year's work.  It will also allow the first-year cohort to get to know one another and provide a chance to begin working with the Program's faculty. A full program and schedule will be sent under separate cover. Micah Dornfeld (micahdor@design.upenn.edu) will issue permits and enroll the incoming class in this non-credit workshop.

Billing Information

Course fees for Architecture, City Planning, Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture summer institutes will be applied to student’s accounts on the first day of the course. Students will receive an email confirmation from the Office of Student Services when the charge(s) have been applied to their account. The charges will be visible to students under “new activity” in the Penn.Pay system. The fee will be due during the next scheduled billing cycle.  Student Financial Services billing schedule is available online at: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/billing/billing-schedule.htm. Questions regarding billing for summer institute coursework should be directed to the Weitzman School Office of Student Services at: des-studentservices@design.upenn.edu

Get to Know Us Better

Current graduate students Ha Leem Ro (MSHP'21) Gregory Maxwell (MSHP'21) are happy to answer questions you may have about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Click on their names to check out their student profiles, or take a look at our Program blog

Learn more about the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation faculty on our People page.

Fall Registration

Registration for fall courses is open March 22 through April 4, at which time the system closes for freshman registration. The system will reopen at the end of July and will remain open through the course add/drop deadline on a date to be confirmed. General registration information, is available here. Register for the following required fall 2021 courses (5 CU) for incoming MSHP students:

HSPV 521 American Architecture (1 cu)
HSPV 600 Documentation, Research, Recording 1 (2 cus)
HSPV 624 Digital Media for Historic Preservation 1 (0.5 cu)
HSPV 660 Theories of Historic Preservation 1 (0.5 cu)
HSPV Elective (1 cu)

Computer Guidelines

Incoming Historic Preservation students are required to buy or bring a computer for your time as a student at Weitzman School. Please see the Computer Purchasing Guidelines provided by Weitzman School IT. Specific guidelines for 2021 will be posted in early summer.

International Students

International students on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to check in with International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). The check-in process includes an online tutorial, online arrival form, and an in-person document check upon your arrival into the US. Please plan to arrive in Philadelphia at least one business day before the start of Summer Institute to complete the in-person check-in. You are encouraged to make an appointment in advance.

Please visit the ISSS webpage for detailed information on Mandatory New Student Check-In Requirements.