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Penn looks forward to welcoming you in August during this years online 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. Click here for a checklist version of the Penn10.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

8. NSO Website and the Class of 2025 Facebook Page

The New Student Orientation website launches in August with detailed calendar information. NSO staff is available to answer your questions about orientation through email or the Class of 2025 Facebook Group.

9. Pre-Orientation Programs

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 Pre-Orientation Programs will be open in July.

10. Penn Reading Project and the Academic Theme Year

A major NSO tradition is the PRP discussion with your fellow students and a member of the Penn community. Through the theme year, students will participate in discussions and engage with a common text: August Wilson’s play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Early in the summer, Penn’s incoming Class of 2025 will have access to the text and supporting materials; immediately before the start of classes, they will participate in small group discussions with other Penn students, faculty, and staff about the book and its ties to the continued Year of Civic Engagement.

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.