New Student Orientation is a series of activities for families and students to help with a successful transition from high school to the University. Please visit the NSO website, www.upenn.edu/nso, periodically throughout the Spring and Summer for updates on the schedule of events and additional need-to-know information.
NSOAI created First Year Fridays as a continuing set of events that will take place on Fridays throughout the year. These events are designed to assist first year students in being comfortable with their new home. PHINS (Peers Helping Incoming New Students) lead tours into the City of Philadelphia. Faculty and staff introduce students to departments, resources, and research along with a myriad array of other activities throughout the year.
Freshman seminars are an excellent introduction to academic life in the College, and are highly recommended for first or second semester students. The primary goal of the freshman seminar program is to provide every freshman with the opportunity for a direct personal encounter with a faculty member in a small class setting devoted to a significant intellectual endeavor. Seminars are open to students in all four undergraduate schools. While the seminars are not required, students in the College find them very helpful in enabling them as first-year students to envision a level of engagement with a major that they might not otherwise be able to appreciate until they enroll in more advanced courses in their junior or senior years. Please visit www.college.upenn.edu/first-year-seminars for more information and course selection.
Students in the College have a strong network of academic advisors available to assist them
throughout their undergraduate careers. Pre-major advisors help first and second year students navigate their entrance into academic and intellectual life in the College beginning with the issues of incoming freshmen and continuing through the student’s exploration of a potential major. After declaring a major, students are assigned an academic advisor affiliated with the major department or program. All students are welcome and encouraged to speak with assistant deans for advising in the College Office. These advisors can help students explore the many options and opportunities available to College students, and are available by appointment or on a walk-in basis throughout the year.
All students in Penn Engineering are assigned to a faculty advisor and a peer advisor in their major. Students who are curriculum deferred are also assigned faculty advisors and peer advisors experienced in working with students who may still be deciding. Each undergraduate major or program has an assigned coordinator who can help them with most issues pertaining to their major. In addition, students can meet with professional advisors during walk-in hours to discuss non-major related academic issues such as dual degrees, minors, study abroad, and submatriculation as well as accessing academic and student support resources.
All students in the School of Nursing are assigned a faculty advisor and a peer advisor. Students also have access to professional staff advisors in the Office of Student Services. Faculty advisors provide students with mentoring related to their career goals, and serve as a resource for students to discuss the current issues, science, and practices of the nursing profession. The Office of Student Services partners with the faculty advisors to provide information on registration, degree requirements, dual degrees, minors, study abroad, sub-matriculation, and University resources. Peer advisors help ease the freshman transition into college and are available to answer their advisees’ questions about student life at Penn. Students remain in touch with their advisors throughout their undergraduate career.
Fax: (215) 898-4043
Wharton’s dedicated undergraduate academic advisors help students to:
• explore intellectual interests
• develop suitable educational plans and goals
• select appropriate courses and other educational experiences
• understand institutional and degree requirements
• connect with resources
• work through any academic challenges
The Wharton Undergraduate Division office is located in Jon M. Huntsman Hall, where the majority of business classes are taught. Advisors are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and same-day “walk-in” advising is available.
The PennCard is the official University of Pennsylvania identification card for students, faculty, staff and other members and visitors of the Penn community. The PennCard is also used for many services including building access, library services, campus transit, ATM and debit card privileges, dining plans and Dining Dollar$, recreational facility access, SFS line of credit, and PennCash purchases.
Notary services, passport photos and postage stamps are additional convenient options that are available throughout the year at the PennCard Center, located on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore, 3601 Walnut Street, Room #219
PennCash is an easy, fast, and smart way to make "cash free" purchases within the Penn community. As a declining balance account that is a built-in feature of PennCards, students may easily load value onto a PennCash account. PennCash is immediately available for spending at campus locations such as the Penn Bookstore, campus dining, Penn Computer Connection and many College House operated cafes and stores. The easiest and fastest way to load PennCash is to go to www.upenn.edu/penncash and use a Visa, MasterCard, or transfer from the Student Financial Services line of credit. Students can also grant access to family members for the online PennCash account, so that they may add value and view the account activity.
The PennCard Access Code (PAC) is the four-digit number used in conjunction with the PennCard (the University’s identification card) to access certain services at Penn such as admittance to residential buildings. A PAC is randomly assigned to each student by the University's Information Systems and Computing Department. Students are advised to change their code to something that is both secure and easy to remember. Students can view and/or change their PAC under the “My Housing” section of Campus Express at campusexpress.upenn.edu.