Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to SP2!

Congratulations on your acceptance to SP2! Please refer to the checklist below to prepare for the next step in your educational path.

For Accepted Students

If you haven’t already, we hope that you will like and interact with our social media channels:






In addition, you can begin connecting with new students and receiving information about housing, new student orientation, etc in the 2020 Accepted Students Facebook Group.

Submit your enrollment decision by the enrollment deadline. You can accept your offer of admission through the online application system.

Contact the Admissions Team with any questions via apply@sp2.upenn.edu or 215.746.1934.

For Enrolled Students

Once you accept your offer of admission and pay the required deposit, you will begin receiving email communication from SP2 regarding housing, New Student Orientation, field placement (for MSW students), and more.

Virtual social hours are designed to facilitate social connections between classmates and introduce students to SP2 staff and faculty. Learn more.

Please visit the New Student Orientation page for a full list of dates and events.

If you have not done so already, be sure to submit your final, official transcripts of your bachelor’s degree and, if applicable, postgraduate study to the Admissions office; transcripts must display degree conferral information. Official transcripts for transfer or study abroad credits are not required. 

If you earned your degree outside of the United States, you will need to submit a final, official transcript and confirmation of degree conferral in English directly from your institution in order to attend Fall classes.* Final evaluated transcripts from a third-party evaluation service, such as WES or Educational Perspectives including a degree conferral, must be sent as soon as possible to register for future semesters.

Domestic transcripts should be sent directly from your university’s registrar’s office. Please note that electronic deliveries are strongly preferred.* Your registrar should direct a copy of your digital transcript to apply@sp2.upenn.edu or, if necessary, a copy of your paper transcript to:

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
ATTN: Jasmine Riodin – Admissions Office
3701 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

If a final, official transcript with degree conferral will not be sent before the Fall semester begins, please have your registrar send a confirmation of degree conferral to the Admissions office at the above email address. The Admissions office will require final, official transcripts with degree conferral before you can register for future semesters.

*Important Note: Please be sure to submit your transcript to the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, and not simply the University of Pennsylvania, as the latter will result in the delivery of your transcript to the undergraduate Admissions office resulting in your failure to fulfill the requirement with the SP2 Admissions office. 

Complete the FAFSA.

Complete loan entrance counseling and sign the master promissory note at studentloans.gov.

Here is a list of local banks on Penn’s campus.

Your PennKey gives you access to a Penn email account and many other essential online services. You will receive a Penn Key Setup Code in the mail or email within 5 to 7 business days after your enrollment fee has been submitted. As soon as you receive the set-up code, you can create your PennKey. This step is critical because your PennKey will allow you to complete most of the remaining tasks on this checklist.

If you need help with PennKey access, contact SP2 Information Services at sp2help@sp2.upenn.edu or 215.898.5750.

Accepted SP2 students will receive a Penn O365 Email account AFTER they have successfully created and registered their Pennkey.

Please wait 2-3 business days after creating your Pennkey and then follow the instructions below for accessing email.   

How to setup your Penn O365 email account:

  1. Setup your Penn O365 password here.
  2. Wait 3 minutes for your password to register in the system.
  3. You can now access your Penn O365 account at https://portal.office.com or from the Webmail jump station from the UPENN homepage by clicking Penn O365.(IMPORTANT: Your username for Penn O365 is pennkey@upenn.edu where “pennkey” is your actual Pennkey name.)
  4. If you have waited 3 business days and you do NOT have access to your Penn O365 email, please fill out this form.

Additional Penn O365 resources:

  1. You must have your PennKey and password to access Campus Express
  2. Campus Express allows students to buy a meal plan and request a PennCard, which is necessary to access buildings on campus and access health insurance information and forms. Campus Express does not currently allow students to create a Penn 0365 email account. To apply for an email account, please fill out this form. Once you have an email account created, please enter your email address in the Penn Directory.
All MSW Students:
Incoming Full-time MSW Students (excludes Advanced Standing and Part-time Students):
  • Hepworth, D. H., Rooney, R. H., Rooney, G. D., & Strom-Gottfried, K. (2017). Direct social work practice: Theory and skills (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.  Chapter 1, “The Challenges and Opportunities of Social Work,” pp. 2-22.

Desmond, Matthew (2016). Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. New York: Crown Publishers.


None. Please note that professors may assign required summer reading for specific courses. Please check your email for update.

All MSW students are eligible to take waiver examinations for SWRK 601: History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare and SWRK 602: Human Behavior in the Social Environment in August prior to beginning the MSW program. These waiver exams are designed for students who have had prior coursework in these areas and offer students the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of material covered in these foundation courses. Students who successfully pass a waiver exam must substitute an elective course into their first year schedule.

Students must register for waiver exams. Information about registering for a waiver exam will be available soon.


On-campus housing is available to graduate students at Sansom Place.

Graduate Assistants

Graduate students can also apply to become a Graduate Assistant in one of Penn’s undergraduate college houses. As a Graduate Assistant, you would provide supportive services and programming for undergraduate students in dorm. Housing costs are covered and a subsidized meal plan is provided. Please click here to apply.


There are many off-campus housing options located near Philadelphia. The following resources may be helpful in your search:

  1. Campus-Apartments
  2. Moving to Philadelphia
  3. Planning your Search / Local Neighborhoods
Housing Fairs
Virtual Off-Campus Housing Fair

Thursday, March 26, 9AM-5PM (ET)
This virtual housing fair is for anyone considering living off-campus while attending Penn. The fair allows the opportunity to learn more about Penn departments, local vendors and suppliers of services and live chat with the organizational representatives in attendance. Off-Campus Services welcomes incoming and current Penn students, faculty and staff to join the fair as we continue to provide services for the Penn Community. Find more information and register at www.upenn.edu/offcampushousingfair.

Graduate Housing Online Information Sessions (Webinar)

Friday, April 3, 2:00PM – 3:30 PM​ or Wednesday, April 15, 10:00AM – 11:30AM​ (ET)
This online session will help graduate & professional students learn about options for living on-campus or off-campus, housing for students with families, and other resources to help them make the right selection. The same material will be presented in each session. Please register to attend ONLY one session.

Be sure to complete all the necessary tasks before your arrive; see the International Students & Scholars Pre-arrival Checklist. Also, don’t forget to check in with the Office of International Programs at 3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W, as soon as you arrive at Penn. In the spring, you can also participate in Online Information Sessions for Incoming International Students.

“Penn is dedicated to ensuring that all international members of our community thrive on our campus. We understand that rapid changes in immigration policy create uncertainty and apprehension for our international students and scholars and the entire Penn community. Penn remains fully committed to these valued members of our community, and to engaging globally to bring the best scholars and students from around the world to our campus. We will continue to monitor changes in federal immigration policy and provide timely updates to the Penn community.”

-Penn Global

You must sign up for Student Health Insurance, or show proof of acceptable alternate insurance, by the deadline of August 31st. If you miss the deadline, you will automatically be enrolled (and billed for) student health insurance.

Direct Deposit is the safest and easiest way to get any Student Account Refunds and Payroll you may receive. Go to Penn In Touch and select “Student Billing Account,” then “Enroll in Direct Deposit.” You will need a U.S. bank account. Here is a list of banks close to Penn’s campus.

Update your address information, emergency contacts, and profile on Penn In Touch. Carefully review your billing, local, and permanent addresses so that communication from your school will be sent to the correct address. Periodically review your profile to make sure everything is correct.


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