Dear Member of the Class of 2024,

We write to welcome you to Penn and to the College of Arts and Sciences. While we are excited to get in touch with you, we know that current events are very much on your mind, as they are on ours. Please know that our hearts go out to the many who have lost loved ones and livelihoods in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and that we stand in solidarity against the racism in America exposed most recently this spring by the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. We want to assure you that you are joining an inclusive and diverse community at Penn and that your future teachers, advisors, and mentors are here to affirm and uphold the dignity of everyone in that community and the wider world. Read more.

All the steps you need to take for academic advising and planning can be found on Compass, the primary guide for incoming students throughout the summer.

Upcoming Date

From the Dean

A message from Dr. Janet Tighe, Dean of First-Year Students and Director of Academic Advising.

Replay of Webcast for First Years

Students should:

  • Have a discussion with their pre-major advisor during the first few weeks of the semester and again during Advance Registration in October and November, to discuss course selection for the upcoming semester. Incoming first-year students will be on registration hold, which keeps them from being able to participate in Advance Registration, until they meet with their advisor.
  • Let their pre-major advisor know of any problems they are having that are affecting their academic work.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a new student entering Penn.

Students should:

  • See their pre-major advisor before Advance Registration in March and April to discuss courses for the fall semester. Incoming students are on registration hold for their first semester until they have an advising discussion with their advisor.
  • Investigate majors of interest. Start talking to faculty and students in their prospective majors. Attend one or more of the College’s Majors and More Dinners to learn about programs of interest. Attend classes in the major and get the student’s perspective through the Major Advising Program (MAP).
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.