Congratulations on your acceptance to SP2!

Welcome!

On behalf of the entire School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), I want to welcome you to the SP2 community.

Our students enjoy the advantages of a small, supportive school community within a large urban Ivy League institution of higher education. Here you will find a community that embraces difficult conversations and continually advocates for social justice. Although each of our five programs approach these conversations from slightly different perspectives, all students’ experiences are strengthened by interdisciplinary connections.

Philadelphia is a central part of students’ education, and is also a wonderful place to live. Students are actively engaged in the Philadelphia community through their field placements, internships, or practicums (for our masters’ students). Despite being the 5th largest city in the US and becoming a more popular destination for Millennials, Philadelphia is still one of the most affordable cities in the country. A large network of public transportation options makes the city and surrounding areas easily traversable. Hailed as a “city of neighborhoods,” Philadelphia offers much to explore, including a thriving arts and culture sector, delicious and diverse dining destinations, iconic historic sites, and one of the Nation’s largest City Park systems. Many students who come to Philadelphia for school stay due to the strong job market and affordable living options.

Our students are able to use their SP2 education and the connections they form while here in their job searches and future work. Over forty percent of our students receive job offers before graduation while a fifth become employed at their field placement, internship, or practicum site; learn more here. All of our students and graduates impact their communities in many different ways and on local, national, and even international levels. At SP2, students really do become powerful forces for good.

I hope that you will choose to continue your education at SP2. If you choose to enroll, please review the Accepted Students Checklist that will be helpful in preparing for your time here. I also invite you to connect with other incoming students and current students through the Accepted Students’ Facebook group. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Admissions Office or anyone here at SP2 – we would be thrilled to hear from you.

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