Newly Admitted Students

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Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS)! We are proud to welcome you to the community of outstanding students dedicated to expanding their intellectual and professional horizons at LPS.

The following checklist will guide you through the necessary steps to begin your coursework at LPS. Please be sure to follow each of the steps, in order, for your own convenience. Our staff is available to answer any questions as they arise.

New student checklist

  1. Accept offer of admission
    To accept our offer of admission, just revisit your online application and answer a few short questions. Once you have submitted your decision form, we will be able to create a student record for you in the Penn system.
  2. Review Pre-Orientation materials
    Pre-Orientation is the gateway to getting started at Penn. You will find a checklist to complete for a successful start at Penn as well as a wealth of helpful resources. Pre-Orientation documents are designed to introduce you to Penn, LPS, policies and procedures, registration and next steps. This thorough presentation is required of all incoming students, but each program has its own version.

  3. Submit all final transcripts
    You will be unable to register for courses until we have received and verified all final official transcripts. Learn more about how to submit transcripts, and about our transcript policy.
  4. Get PennKey and password set up
    You will receive your PennKey setup code via e-mail within 3-5 business days of the receipt of your decision form. If you have not received a PennKey setup code within that time frame, you should contact If you wish to get it sooner, please allow two business days after submitting your decision form before visiting the Registrar’s office. You will need to show a photo ID.
  5. School of Arts and Sciences e-mail address and update directory
    If you do not already have a Penn e-mail address, you will need to create one based on your PennKey. For example, if your PennKey is "bfranklin," your e-mail address will be "" This is the address that is entered for you in the Penn directory and is the address that your professors, advisors and others at Penn will use to communicate with you. Directions on how to get started setting up your e-mail can be found on the SAS computing website.

    If you are a current Penn employee, or already have an active Penn e-mail address (with SAS or any other University division), you don’t need to do anything. E-mail from your professors will go to your existing e-mail address as it is listed in the Penn directory.

  6. Set up an appointment with your advisor
    The next step is to contact your program to set up an advising appointment by calling (215) 898-7326 or e-mailing
  7. Attend new student orientation
    Visit the Orientation Information page for the dates and location of your on-campus orientation.

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The lifelong learning division of Penn Arts & Sciences

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326

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