FAQ Overview

When do I move in?
New Student Orientation (NSO) begins Friday, August 23, 2013 for all first-year domestic, international, exchange, and transfer students. On June 4, all students will receive their housing assignment and their assigned move-in date and time, falling on either Thursday, August 22 or Friday, August 23. All assignments will be posted on Campus Express. Freshmen may not move in prior to August 22.


What pre-orientation programs are available and how may I obtain more information about them?
Several of Penn's departments offer pre-orientation programs to introduce new students to campus life and traditions prior to official orientation programs. Information about these programs will be mailed by the individual departments over the course of the summer; however, applications and information are also available on the web. To access information on PennQuest, PennArts, PennCORP, PennGreen, and PENNacle, visit the Office of Student Affair's Pre-Orientation page. For information on the PENNCAP/Pre-Freshman Program, contact Equity and Access Programs.


Do I have to go to all of the orientation events?
The mandatory events will be clearly labeled in the Calendar of Events you will receive upon your arrival to campus. However, a variety of non-mandatory events, including social and cultural programming, are extremely important to ease your adjustment to the Penn and Philadelphia communities. Once classes begin, you will not have this type of opportunity again to meet new people or to learn about the many resources available to you as a student.


How long should my family stay? What events can they attend?
On official move-in day, Friday, August 23rd, activities for families will take place between 11am and 6pm. All activities after this time are for students only; families are strongly encouraged to depart on Friday evening to allow students to adjust to their new surroundings.


What hotel accommodations are available for my family during move-in?
See our Planning Your Trip page for hotel information.


What should I bring with me to campus?
For this and more information about moving to Penn, see the What To Bring page of the NSO website or Housing Services' Move-In page.


When is the best time to purchase books and where?
After you receive your first Penn course list in August, you can purchase your textbooks from the Penn Bookstore through Campus Express Online. Get a jump on the semester by having them shipped to you now, or, you can have them reserved for you at the Bookstore for pick up when you return to campus. Pay by credit card or charge to your student bill.

You can also purchase your books once you arrive on campus. Most books and course materials will be available in the following places:

Penn Bookstore :3601 Walnut Street
• House of Our Own: 3920 Spruce Street
• Penn Book Center: 130 S. 34th Street
• Wharton Reprographics: Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Ground Floor
• Campus Copy Center: 3907 Walnut Street
• Towne Copy Center: 220 S. 33rd Street


When do classes begin?
Classes begin on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.


How can I connect with someone to answer more questions that I have?
Visit the Penn Class of 2017 Facebook page to connect with the Peers Helping Incoming New Students to get all of your questions about Penn answered!