Very few graduate groups accept applications until July 15, since most departments make admission decisions before April 15th. Applicants are advised to apply by the December 15th deadline for consideration. Contact the specific graduate group for further information on the admissions process in that group.
The scores are to be sent to the Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences office electronically thru ETS. The school code is 2926. GRE scores are valid for 5 years and TOEFL scores for 2 years. Some groups will accept IELTS, GMAT and LSAT score results in lieu of the GRE and TOEFL. The Graduate Division cannot receive these scores electronically. An official copy of these results should be mailed to the Office of the Graduate Division.
In payment of the application fee, applicants should use a credit card. All major cards are accepted. See the payment page of the on-line application for further details.
Upon your admission, You will receive an electronic letter from the Graduate Division office. Within the electronic letter, there is a link to access the enrollment form. Once you complete this form, your information will be sent to the International Student and Scholar Services on-line database. When the information has been received by their office, they will send you an email that will provide all necessary information on how to obtain a visa; if you do not receive a response from them, please contact this office. When you have accepted the offer, your response is sent to the University system and you will be sent a message from the PennCard Center with a temporary social security number (9-digit admissions ID) if you did not already have one. You will need this number to begin the visa process.
To review the University's most recent annual report containing this information, please go to the current brochure. You may request a paper copy of the report by calling the Division of Public Safety at 215.898.4482.
Congratulations! You will be sent an email that a decision has been reached, Sign into your application and click on the 'decision has been made' link. You will be taken to an electronic version of your admit letter. Click on the link embedded in the letter to record your decision. If you accept the offer, you will be required to pay an enrollment fee, by credit card. After you decide to accept the offer, visit the following site for a Checklist of things to do before your arrival.