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

In May 2017, you will be 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.
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!
Prior to signing up for classes, make sure you’ve consulted with your financial aid advisor, and have completed all necessary forms and steps. Students interested in Work-Study opportunities should also consult with a financial aid advisor.
Review your health insurance and immunization records for compliance with Penn’s requirements. Immunization records must be submitted by July 1, and the Selection or Waiver of the Penn Student Insurance Plan by August 31.
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.
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.
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.
Penn offers five 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! Applications for 2017 Pre-Orientation Programs will be open in Spring 2017.
The New Student Orientation website launches in early July with detailed calendar information, and beginning in late May, NSO staff are available by phone at 215.898.7000 and on Facebook to answer your questions.
A major NSO tradition is the PRP discussion with your fellow students and a member of the Penn faculty. In celebration of the Year of Innovation, this year’s selection is Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators.

Bonus! Make Your Own Penn10 List

What are your specific needs and interests? Are you an athlete? An international student? Will you have to look into getting mobile phone service? Are you looking for a job on campus? Do you want to connect with your roommate before arriving on campus? Making your own list of top priorities will help make the process less overwhelming and help you transition to life at Penn.