Once you have received confirmation of your enrollment in a Penn Summer program, refer to this checklist to get you started with your studies:
- Review the handbook: The Penn Summer Visiting Student Handbook (PDF) outlines policies and resources for visiting students, including advising, billing, course registration and academic support services. Refer to this document throughout the summer if you have questions or concerns, or get in touch with our academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get PennKey and password set up: The PennKey is your online identity that provides secure access to online billing, registration and other electronic resources at Penn. Many of Penn’s online systems require the use of a PennKey username and password. For current students and Penn employees, you can continue to use your existing PennKey. If you don’t already have a PennKey, you will be sent a set-up code to the e-mail you used to enroll in Penn Summer. You can expect to receive that invitation 5-7 business days after you accept admission into the program.
If you have not received a PennKey setup code within that time frame, please visit the PennKey website and click "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.
More information about how to setup a new PennKey, or how to reset the password for an existing PennKey, is available at the PennKey website.
- Activate your Penn e-mail address and update directory: All students need to have an e-mail address registered in the Penn Directory and many Penn systems will only use the e-mail address that is listed in the directory to contact you. If you already have an active e-mail address at Penn (anything ending in upenn.edu), then continue to use that; you don’t need to create a new e-mail account.
If you do not already have an active Penn e-mail address, then you must create one. Visit the Penn Computing site to get started. Please note that you need to create your PennKey before you can setup an e-mail address, as your address is based on your PennKey. For example, if your PennKey is "bfranklin," your e-mail address will be email@example.com.
You should check your entry in the Penn Directory to verify that the information is correctly listed. Please allow two days for a newly created e-mail address to show up in the Penn Directory. Visit the Penn Directory to check your listing. Click the "Login” button in the upper right corner, then click “My Profile” to see your listing. Use the “Help” link to learn how to manage your information in the directory.
- Register for classes via Penn InTouch.
- Attend the online New Student Orientation: This will familiarize you will your program dates and deadlines, provide academic advisor contacts, and helps you navigate the registration and scheduling process to make your academic transition as smooth as possible. Invitations for orientation are typically sent in mid-May.
- PennCard: A PennCard is the required identification for members of the Penn community and provides access to University facilities and services, including Penn Transit and University libraries. Penn Summer students who have completed course registration may obtain a PennCard by bringing a valid form of photo ID (driver's license or passport) to the PennCard Center.
Penn Bookstore, second floor
3601 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: (215) 417-CARD
Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Note: Penn employees registered as students during the Summer Session are required to update their PennCard to reflect their staff and student status; doing so will provide both categories of access to University resources and facilities.
- Explore housing options: Penn has numerous options for housing during the summer. Penn Hospitality Services provides detailed information for on-campus housing options available to Penn Summer students. If you prefer to live off-campus, Penn's Office of Off-Campus Housing provides information on how to get started.