Academic Timeline

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.

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. Freshmen 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. Freshmen are on registration hold 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 Dinners and More events 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.

Students should:

  • Meet with their pre-major advisor to discuss progress toward finding and declaring a major and meeting the degree requirements during Advance Registration in October and November. This meeting is also an opportunity to explore options such as minors, research and study abroad. Until meeting with their advisor, Sophomores will be on registration hold which keeps them from being able to participate in Advance Registration.
  • Become completely familiar with the rules and requirements for their potential major. These are available on the department websites.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a freshman entering Penn.

Students should:

  • Meet with their pre-major advisor before declaring a major to discuss their plans during Advance Registration in March and April. The pre-major advisor will update the student’s academic planning worksheet and make it official. This must be done before the student goes to the major department to declare.
  • Go to the major department to declare. Departments have different processes for declaration. Check the department websites for more information. The major department will lift the registration hold during this process. Students should plan well in advance to make appropriate appointments with pre-major and major advising before the end of Advance Registration.
  • Investigate study abroadresearch and other academic options.
  • Check with Career Services and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for information about internships.

Students should:

  • Review their academic planning worksheet to check that all requirements are fulfilled and appropriate progress is being made toward graduation, including the necessary number of College and overall credits.
  • Meet with an advisor in the College Office for help filling in the worksheet or for answers to any other academic questions or concerns.
  • Meet with their major advisor to confirm they are making progress in fulfilling major requirements.
  • Continue to explore academic options like study abroad and research.
  • Check with Career Services and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) for information about internships and graduate study.
  • Check with CURF if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider sharing their major with underclassmen by becoming Major Advising Program (MAP) advisors.
  • Apply to become a peer advisor and help a freshman entering Penn.

Students should:

From the end of junior year through to graduation, students should confirm that their Academic Planning Worksheet on Penn InTouch is updated and accurate. This includes meeting with the major advisor to be sure that the major section of the worksheet has been updated with all relevant courses. The College will conduct an audit of rising seniors’ worksheets during the summer and inform them by email of any missing requirements, as well as other graduation-related issues the students need to address.

Students should:

  • Meet with their major advisor to make sure all requirements for the major will be completed and to discuss future plans.
  • Review the academic planning worksheet to check their progress toward fulfilling requirements before the end of the Course Selection period. Seniors should have received an email from the College Office in early August outlining where things stand with their degree requirements.
  • Confirm that their intended graduation date and local address are correct on Penn InTouch.
  • Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider applying for Senior Awards.
  • Check with Career Services for information about internships or graduate study.
  • Consider sharing their major with underclassmen by becoming Major Advising Program (MAP) advisors.

Students should:

  • Meet with their major advisor to make sure that they will complete the major and to discuss their plans for the future.
  • Make sure to submit their Application for Graduation by the appointed deadline. The Application is on the web; a link to it is emailed to seniors early in the spring semester.
  • Before the end of the Course Selection period, confirm that they have the courses they need to graduate.
  • Visit the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) if considering research or information on post-graduate fellowships and scholarships.
  • Consider applying for Senior Awards.
  • Check with Career Services for information about internships or graduate study.
  • Participate in the College Graduation Ceremony.