Admitted Landscape Architecture students, welcome and congratulations! This section contains information to help you prepare for the MLA program. Our Open House will be virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We plan to hold some virtual events instead and encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our program, curriculum, and community.
The MLA at a Glance
Our educational philosophy and mission is to cultivate future leaders, to develop critical thinkers and to produce the world’s best designers. We consistently hear from senior industry representatives that graduating Weitzman School students have the best design folios and the most comprehensive skill sets. And, responding to the national survey conducted by DesignIntelligence, over 90% of Penn’s landscape students consistently evaluate their education as “excellent.”
Due to Covid-19 resitrictions, we are operating on limited in-person activities. When we use the term hyrbrid, this likely means optional field trips of meetings. If you have any questions regarding hybrid meeting requirements, please reach out to the department.
|Mon, April 5||VIRTUAL Weitzman School Open House|
|Thurs, July 29||Landscape Architecture International Student Check-in|
|Fri, July 30||
Landscape Architecture Domestic Student Check-in; Welcome for all entering 3-year MLA I and 2-year MLA II students
|Mon, August 2||First day of Summer Institute for all MLA students (Hybrid)|
|Fri, August 27||Weitzman School New Student Orientation|
|Mon, August 30||Landscape Architecture Orientation; Weitzman School Convocation & Happy Hour|
|Tues, August 31||First day of fall classes (Hybrid and In-person)|
Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the University's measures to protect the Penn and Philadelphia community, this year's Summer Institute will be held largely online with some hybrid components. We ask that any student who is unable to travel to the Philadelphia area prior to August 1st reach out to the department as soon as possible.
The MLA I and MLA II Summer Institutes each comprise a series of week-long, non-credit courses aimed at preparing incoming MLA students with the necessary skills to "hit the ground running" in their respective programs. All incoming MLA students are required to participate in Summer Institute prior to the start of the fall semester. Check-in for Summer Institute begins Thursday, July 29 for international students and Friday, July 30 for domestic students. The courses meet online every weekday from approximately 9am to 5pm starting on Monday, August 2. Class meetings will be at the discretion of each instructor and may have optional in-person components.
Summer Institute for entering 3-year MLA I students:
|M-F, Aug 2 - Aug 6||LARP 790-901: Natural Systems for 3yr Students|
|M-F, Aug 9-13||LARP 789-901: Intro to Design Language|
|M-F, Aug 16-20||LARP 791-901: Landscape Operations|
|M-Th, Aug 23-26||LARP 792-901: Introduction to Digital Media|
Summer Institute for entering 2-year MLA II students:
|M-F, Aug 9-13||LARP 794-901: Natural Systems for 2yr Students|
|M-Th, Aug 16-20||LARP 795-901: Weitzman School Computing Intro|
|M-Th, Aug 23-26||LARP 795-901: Weitzman School Computing Intro|
Summer Institute Registration
Registration for Summer Institute courses is by permit only. Permits will be issued to all incoming students by early summer and further enrollment instruction will be provided at that time. Please contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Summer Institute Billing
The course fee for each one-week virtual Summer Institute session is $500. Fees for Summer Institute sessions 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: https://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: email@example.com.
Fall registration is open April 30 through June 21, 2021, at which time registration will close temporarily to accommodate incoming freshman. Registration will reopen on July 27 and will remain open through the final course add/drop deadline on October 11, 2021. Students are able to logon to Penn in Touch and select courses during these open registration periods. Fall registration information for incoming students is available below. Please contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.
Safe Driver Training
Penn Landscape students participate in a number of exciting field trips each year and to insure the safety of all students during their travels, Penn requires that students who drive a university vehicle or rental vehicle during any school-related trip must complete Penn's online driver's safety training. Log in to Knowledge Link with your PennKey and password, search for "Driver Safety Training for Van Drivers" in the "Find Learning" field and complete the nine-module course (it will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete). Please notify Alanna Wittet (email@example.com) once you have completed the training so that we may confirm your results have been received by the Office of Risk Management. Please also submit a scanned copy of your driver's license and your cell phone number for our records.
Get to Know Us Better
Please visit the Get to Know Us page on the Admissions website to view the profiles of current students and recent alumni. For a current student/recent alumni contact list, please contact Alanna Wittet (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn more about the faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture on our People page.
Check out our recent lecture series here: Weitzman School of Design (vimeo.com)