Summer Sessions Registration

Once you've submitted your Decision Form and are officially enrolled as a Penn Summer Session student, you should begin the process of familiarizing yourself with Penn systems and registering for summer courses.

Getting Started at Penn

  1. Review the Penn Summer Visiting Student Handbook - The Student Handbook outlines policies and resources for visiting students, including advising, billing, course registration, and academic support services. Please refer to this document throughout the summer should you have questions or concerns.
  2. PennKey Set Up - Your PennKey is your online identity which provides secure access to online billing and registration. Approximately 3-5 business days after submitting your Decision Form you should receive a set-up code from the Registrar's Office via e-mail. Set-up codes are unique and time-sensitive, so please follow all instructions provided and set up your PennKey as soon as possible. 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 enrollment form before visiting the Registrar's office. You will need to show a photo ID.  Note: Penn employees will utilize their current PennKey and Password for student access.
  3. Penn SAS Email Set Up - All Penn Summer students are required to obtain and use a Penn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) email address which is available free of charge. Instructions for creating and using a Penn email address are available through SAS Computing or via the link above. A PennKey and password (see step #2) are necessary to create a Penn email address.

    Note: Penn Employees who have a Penn email address with another division are also required to obtain and use an SAS email address for the duration of their summer studies.

  4. Register for classes via Penn InTouch* - Penn InTouch is the University's online registration system which allows students to conveniently register for courses, access billing information, and obtain academic records and transcripts. A PennKey and password (see step #2) are necessary to access this site. Should you wish to speak with an academic advisor prior to course registration please refer to the Visiting Student Handbook (Step#1) for instructions. *Summer 2016 course registration opens on March 21, 2016.
  5. PennCardA 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, passport, etc.) to the PennCard Center.

    PennCard Center:
    Second Floor of Penn Bookstore
    3601 Walnut Street
    Mon.-Fri. 8:30am to 5pm   

    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.

  6. Explore Housing Options - Penn has numerous options for housing and dining during the Summer Session. Destination Penn provides detailed information for on-campus housing and dining options available to Penn Summer students. If you prefer to live off-campus, Penn's Office of Off-Campus Housing provides further information on how to get started.
  7. Experience Philadelphia - Philadelphia is a great place to spend your summer, and we hope you will explore all the city has to offer, from rich history to diverse dining; the arts and culture to recreation and outdoor activities. Check out Uwishunu's Guide to Summer in Philadelphia for upcoming events and local favorites.

Need Assistance?

Contact an LPS Recruitment Specialist at 215.746.6902 or