Incoming Master's Students

Welcome to Penn Engineering!

New Student Orientation (NSO) for Fall 2022 incoming on campus Master’s students will be on announced at a later date.
Fall 2021 NSO presented by the School of Engineering and Applied Science will be held virtually and the full schedule can be viewed here. Individual programs will hold their own information session/orientation as well and will send details directly to their students. The overall schedule can be found here. Please note you will need a valid seas.upenn email address to view the schedules via google drive.

Incoming Student Checklist

1. Respond to your offer of admission:  Complete your “Decision Form” in your online account portal to officially accept your offer and pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit. Submit any outstanding required official documents to Graduate Admissions.


2. Create your PennKey and Engineering SEAS email:

  • Your PennKey is your official Penn username and is used to access all electronic/web based systems at Penn. Shortly after you accept the offer of admission, you will receive an email with your PennKey Setup Code and instructions for using it to setup your PennKey and Password. If you have not received your PennKey Setup Code after a few weeks of accepting the offer of admission, please contact the PennKey office.
  • Create your SEAS email account. We advise all students to create a SEAS email account. Some official school google documents will require seas email for authentication and review.


3. Hop onto Campus Express: This is your one online stop for most student services at Penn: Student Health Services (SHS), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Residential Services, Graduate Student Center.


4. Update your personal information on Penn In Touch: Emergency Contacts, email and postal mailing, personal information, etc. Be sure to update your “learning from” address so we know what location you are studying from.


5. Take a look at the Graduate Student Handbook. Get acquainted with the policies, academic options, engineering’s calendar, and student awards. Our student resources page has links to the Engineering Library, Penn Engineering’s Blog: Medium, and our dedicated Career Services team are on there too. Lots of useful information on there for your time here, so please take a stroll through and bookmark the page! Please also check out Penn’s Student Services page as well.


6. Registration is through Penn In Touch. Programs should reach out to all incoming Fall students regarding course registration at least a few months before the start of the semester. For a traditional Fall start, programs will be in touch no later than July 1.


7. Register for your PennCard. Make an appointment to pick up your PennCard directly with the PennCard Center.


8. COVID-19 vaccination records should be uploaded to the Student Health Service portal: Upload instructions for new students. Students with questions on coronavirus vaccines, public health measures, should view Penn’s Coronavirus Center’s FAQ page. Students with any questions should contact the COVID Center directly.


9. Gateway Testing: All students should schedule their COVID-19 Gateway Test online within 24 hours of arrival on campus. This test must be completed through Penn Cares testing system in order to be compliant with our Gateway Testing requirement and will only be provided at the Tent at Du Bois College House, 3900 Walnut Street. If you have questions, please contact Penn Cares:


10. Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP): The deadline to waive out of PSIP is August XX, 2022. If you have other insurance already and want to waive out that deadline is quickly approaching. You’ll need to show proof of other insurance as well. All information on PSIP, enrolling in or waiving out, can all be found here. Questions on PSIP can be directed to Student Health Services (SHS):


For International Students: Once the enrollment form is processed, a student is sent information on beginning the I-20 application process. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides core services to international students. All students will be assigned to an ISSS advisor after they are on campus and have matriculated into the program. Students should view the New Student ISSS page with a lot of helpful information.