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Orientation Dates

Once you've completed the steps on the newly admitted students checklist, you'll be invited by your program via email to participate in a new student orientation virtual session. Orientation sessions will be hosted either at an on-campus location or synchronously through Zoom.

Please check your inbox (and spam folders) for the orientation invitation which will be sent to the email address supplied on your admissions application. Click the registration link inside the email to register. Note that unsubscribing from our emails means you will not receive the invitation or any other important information. For more information, email lps@sas.upenn.edu or call (215) 898-7326.

Fall 2021 New Student Orientations

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Thursday, August 26, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Fels Institute of Government

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Spady Room (109)

Thursday, August 26, 2021
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Spady Room (109)

Friday, August 27, 2021
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Spady Room (109)

International Master of Public Administration

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

  • 9 - 11 a.m. - Virtual Orientation Day 1
  • 2 - 3 p.m. - Live Orientation Session
  • 3 - 5 p.m. - Campus Tour
  • 5 - 8 p.m. - Happy Hour

Friday, September 3, 2021
9 - 11 a.m. - Virtual Orientation Day 2

Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
6 p.m.

Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences

Thursday, August 26, 2021
5 - 7 p.m. - Reception at Morgan's Pier

Friday, August 27, 2021
11 a.m. - Formal online event

Master of Chemical Sciences

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Introduction to the MCS program and ice-breaker activity
  • 10 a.m. - Academic advising
  • 10:30 a.m. - Scavenger hunt
  • 11 a.m. - Teambuilding
  • 12:30 p.m. - Campus tour

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

  • 9 a.m. - Placement test
  • 12 p.m. - Tour of Penn Chemistry

Thursday, August 26, 2021

  • TBD - Ice cream social / Meet the student associations
  • TBD - Meeting your Penn resources

Friday, August 27, 2021

  • 12 p.m. - Closing lunch
  • 2 p.m. - National Constitution Center

Master of Environmental Studies

Thursday, August 26, 2021
5 - 7 p.m. - Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology

Master of Liberal Arts
Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Master of Science in Applied Geosciences

Thursday, August 26, 2021
5 - 7 p.m. - Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology

Nontraditional Graduate Studies

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
12 - 1 p.m.

Organizational Dynamics:

  • Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics
  • Master of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
6 p.m. - Online

Penn LPS Online Certificates and Courses

Thursday, August 19, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Penn LPS Online Gateway program

Thursday, August 26, 2021
5:30 p.m.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

  • Penn Alumni Program
  • Post-Baccalaureate Studies

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Online

Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • 12 - 1 p.m. - Online

Young Scholars High School Program

Thursday, August 26, 2021
6 p.m.

Graduate and Professional Students

  • Additional orientation resources for graduate degree students are available at the Graduate Student Center website.
  • Thrive at Penn (TAP) for incoming graduate and professional students is an online program that assists students with their Penn experience. TAP provides information about resources available to support student success. Topics covered include academic integrity; wellness and health; and healthy relationships and sexual violence prevention.