Congratulations On Your Acceptance to SP2!
Accepted Student Checklist
Accept your offer of admission
We are delighted that you have decided to accept our offer of admission and will be joining the SP2 community. In order to make your decision official, you must submit your Enrollment Form and $300 enrollment deposit by signing in to your online application here. (Please note that your $300 deposit, which will ensure you a spot in the entering cohort, can be paid via Visa or MasterCard and is non-refundable.) Within a few days of submitting your Enrollment Form and deposit, you can expect to begin receiving emails about how to prepare for your time at SP2.
- Like us on Facebook and visit our Facebook Incoming Students 2014 event page to connect with SP2 and other incoming students
- Complete your financial aid paperwork
Complete FAFSA - www.fafsa.ed.gov
Complete loan entrance counseling and sign master promissory note - www.studentloans.gov
List of local banks on Penn's campus
- Create your PennKey
Once your enrollment fee is submitted, you will recieve a PennKey setup code via email within 7-10 business days from the University, which will help you create your Pennkey and Password. If you do not recieve your PennKey set up code with 10 business days email PennKey support services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit Campus Express
Once you have set up your PennKey, you can log into Campus Express to request a PENNCard, select a food plan if you are interested, and set up an SP2 email account. If you have any trouble setting up your SP2 email account, please contact Albert Louie, SP2's technical support provider. An SP2 email is not required; you have the option of using your personal email and adding that address to the Penn Directory instead. When you update your directory listing, also add your phone number on the UPennAlert tab for use by the Division of Public Safety.
- Find a place to live
Information about Moving to Philadelphia, Office of Off-Campus Services, Graduate Housing and International
Information about becoming a Graduate Assistant
- New Student Orientation (information and schedules for all programs)
Get a head start with Online New Student Orientation
Visit the SP2 academic calendar to view important date for the 2014-2015 academic year.
DSW students visit the DSW academic calendar for important dates.
- Visit Student Health Services
for more information about required health insurance and complete the Health
- Complete the Required Summer Reading (for MSW students)
Writing is essential to your social work education and career. All incoming MSW students are expected to read The Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing before fall classes begin. Copies of the book are available at the Penn Bookstore, but you may choose to purchase it anywhere.
- Check out other Penn resources
Graduate Student Guide
Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS)
Graduate Student Center
Graduate Student Groups
Graduate Student Life at Penn (PDF)
Information for International Students
Penn Parking Services
Resources for Students with Children
Student Disability Services
Course Registration for incoming students takes place in early May 2014. The SP2 Registrar will email detailed instructions about the registration process and course offerings. Course registration information and instructions will also be available on the web at that time. If you have questions or concerns about course registration, please contact Isabel Boston, SP2 Registrar, at 215.898.5548
or at email@example.com.
MSW Field Placement
Students do not arrange their own placements. Your field placement is a significant part of your academic record and, as such, must originate from SP2’s Field Education Office. The Field Education staff works in conjunction with you to ensure that your field experience will support your academic coursework and enhance your professional growth. For the Foundation Year (1st year) and Advanced Standing students, the Field Education department reviews incoming students’ background, experience, and areas of interest to match students with agencies. Staff uses this information to make thoughtful decisions regarding where to place students. Students are notified of their placement by the Field Office, and will interview with their agency before accepting the placement.
MSW Waiver Exams
Waiver exams are offered for entering students who believe they have already covered the foundation content in SWRK 601: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Advance registration for the exams is required. Registration will be available soon through the Pre-Orientation Registration page. The waiver exam for SWRK 615: Introduction to Social Work Research will be offered in the middle of the fall semester; details will be provided at a later date.
MSSP Waiver Exams
MSSP students are eligible to take a waiver exam for MSSP 630: Quantitative Reasoning. Please contact Caroline Wong (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. The MSSP 630 waiver exam will be given Thursday August 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Caster Building (Room D-28).