Before You Arrive

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Penn looks forward to welcoming you in August during this year's New Student Orientation (NSO) – and we expect you’ll have a busy and enjoyable summer! By taking these ten key actions you’ll be on top of everything you need to start your Penn experience. Download a checklist version of the Penn10 here.

1. Health Check-In

Now more than ever, student health and well-being is a primary concern! Make sure you review Penn’s coronavirus website for COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and quarantine requirements. You also need to review and submit your health insurance and immunization records for compliance with Penn’s requirements.

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2. PennKey Setup

In May, you should have been emailed a Setup Code to create your PennKey. This ID and password will be your gateway to everything you’ll need as an incoming Penn student and should be set up as soon as the service becomes available.

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3. Protect Your Privacy

Complete the tasks outlined on the Student Registration and Financial Services Must-Do List to confirm your privacy settings for various student records. You may wish to give access to family members or others to pay your bill or speak to staff about your financial aid or academic records.

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4. Campus Express

Once you have your PennKey, you can log on to Campus Express, which offers one-stop shopping for many Penn services, including your PennCard, Penn email, viewing your Housing assignment, choosing a Dining plan, ordering books and computers, and registering your property. Time spent over the summer on Campus Express will save you time and running around when you arrive!

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5. Academic Advising

The advising process differs among the four undergraduate schools, so it’s important that you know the requirements of your school. All students will be hearing from their home school about next steps for academic advising and Advance Registration for the fall. College students cannot register until they’ve had a conversation with their academic advisors. Additional information for The College, Engineering, Nursing, and Wharton can be found on their websites.

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6. Advance Registration for Courses

There is a four-week window for advance registration for incoming Penn students in all four schools. Make sure you are ready for this and have completed any required consultations with your academic advisor.

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7. Thrive At Penn (TAP) Modules

In addition to Campus Express, Thrive at Penn (TAP) will help you begin the orientation process during the summer, with an online program that introduces you to academic life, helps you find important resources, and keeps you healthy and happy. This will be completed through Canvas.

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8. NSO Website

Make sure to check back here at the New Student Orientation website for up-to-date information and a detailed calendar of NSO events. Please email NSO staff to answer your questions about orientation.

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9. Pre-Orientation Programs

Penn offers six programs for incoming students in advance of New Student Orientation. Each program offers incoming new students opportunities to learn, engage with upperclass student leaders, make lasting friendships within their class, and have FUN! If you applied, decision notifications will be released through the application portal on Wednesday, July 6th at 5PM ET.

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10. The First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program consists of events run by Penn students and administration that are designed to assist personal success in college. These events also provide first-year students with practical knowledge and wisdom to jumpstart their college career.

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