Getting Started for Visiting Undergraduate Students

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Once you have received confirmation of your enrollment in a Penn Summer program, refer to this checklist to get you started with your studies:

  1. 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
  2. Set up your PennKey: Your PennKey is your online identity that provides secure access to online billing and registration. You should receive a set-up code from the Penn Key Office via e-mail approximately 3-5 business days after enrolling. If you have not received a PennKey setup code within that time frame, you should contact
  3. Create a Penn e-mail address: All Penn Summer students are required to obtain and use a School of Arts & Sciences (SAS) e-mail. Instructions for creating and using a Penn e-mail address are available through SAS Computing. A PennKey and password are necessary to create a Penn e-mail address.
  4. Register for Penn classes: Penn InTouch
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

    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.

  7. 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.

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