Thursday, February 12, 2015

Philly Ranked #3!

GSE is among many who love the city of brotherly love! The New York Times recently published its "52 Places to Go in 2015" and we are proud to see Philly was ranked third for best destinations to visit in the world.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Office Closed on Monday

The Penn Graduate School of Education (and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid) will be closed on Monday, January 26th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The University of Pennsylvania celebrates the holiday with a day of service and a Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. For more information on the University events, talks, performances, and service opportunities, visit: To view the calendar of events for the 2015 UPenn MLK Symposium, click here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Winter Break - Office Closed

The Penn Graduate School of Education will close at noon EST on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 and will reopen at 9a.m. EST on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Please note the due date for our 8 PhD programs and 4 non-executive EdD programs has been extended to Friday, January 2, 2015. All applications and required materials (test scores, unofficial transcripts, evaluated foreign credentials, and recommendations) must be received by 5pm EST on January 2, 2015. See for more info.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22nd All Day Web Chat

Considering a master's program at Penn GSE? Students in the process of applying to one of our master’s programs are encouraged to chat with us online today, Monday, December 22nd from 9:00am-5:00pm EST. There's no need to RSVP, just click here to join. We look forward to chatting with you!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The December 1st Doctoral Deadline

 As many of you may know, December 1st was the deadline for Ph.D. and traditional Ed.D. applications. We have received a large volume of applications and required materials and are in the midst of processing them. This is also a time when we receive many emails and phone calls about applications. To try and best address some of the commonly asked questions we receive, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid has put together a message.

Please take a minute to read the three sections below carefully. We hope it will help address some of your questions. The first section is a brief note containing six points (1-6) regarding application processing; the second are six points (A-F) from Admission and Financial Aid; and the third is answers to our top nine most frequently asked questions.

1. All of the mail that has accumulated over the long weekend should be processed no later than the end of the day Friday, December 5.

2. Please allow up to as many as 5 business days for processing.

3. No applicant shall be adversely impacted by our processing time which takes place after the deadline but before completed files are turned over to the faculty for review.

4. We do not confirm the receipt of application materials.

5. Once processing is complete, any applicant with an incomplete file will be notified and given an opportunity to complete your file for faculty review provided a timely reply to our communication is given.

6. The applicant checklist is not currently up to date, our new application system is not currently reflecting the receipt of GRE and TOEFL iBT scores. If you have reported scores to Penn GSE using the code 2943, your scores are here.

(A) Please be advised that given that the deadline for the majority of doctoral applications was Monday, December 1, the AFA office will prioritize the processing of those doctoral applications.

(B) Students applying to master’s programs are encouraged to chat with us online on Monday, December 22nd from 9:00am-5:00pm EST at

(C) Please refrain from duplicating communication with our office. This creates repetition that slows our ability to serve all students in a timely manner. Know that we have received your voicemail/email and will respond in the order in which messages are received, provided the subject of your communication is not addressed in this message.

(D) Select doctoral applicants will be contacted regarding a campus visit in February and admission notices to all Ph.D. and non-executive Ed.D. programs will not be shared with applicants until after the visit.

(E) We ask for the patience of applicants to our master’s programs regarding the receipt of admission notifications given the holidays and the doctoral application deadline.

(F) Should you have a question not addressed here, please send a new message to with the following in the subject line: your first and last name, program of interest, degree of interest, desired start date, and if you are an applicant. Example: Ben Frank, Higher Ed, master’s, Fall 2015.

Top 9 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I send my transcripts? Hard copies must arrive at Penn GSE Admissions and Financial Aid, 3700 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; while e-copies sent from institutions are received at

2. What is your GRE/TOEFL iBT reporting code? 2943 What program/division should I use? You do not need to specify a program or division.

3. Have you received my GRE/TOEFL iBTscores? We are unable to look up specific sets of test scores. If the scores have been reported to the University of Pennsylvania/code 2943 we have them.

4. Do I need to submit TOEFL iBT/IELTS test scores? If you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution where English is the language of instruction, you don’t need to submit TOEFL iBT/IELTS scores.  If you completed an English language program at an institution where the language of instruction is not English, you need to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS test scores.

5. My recommender is having trouble uploading the letter online. Can he/she email it? If he/she is unable to submit the letter through the online application system, please ask him/her to email it directly to and include the applicant’s first and last name in the subject line of the email.

6. Some of my materials might not make it to your office by December 1. Will my application still be reviewed if it is complete after the deadline? Per our application instructions, we only guarantee faculty review of applications that are complete by December 1. Any materials received after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the review committee. Please make every effort to submit materials as early as possible. That said, we have built in time for processing the receipt of materials that precedes turning applications over for faculty review.

7. Can I send you unofficial copies of my transcript to complete my application by December 1, then the official transcripts will arrive after the deadline? No, unofficial documents cannot replace official documents at any point in our application process.

8. What materials are still missing from my application? Please log-in to your application, select “Manage Your Account” and “View Checklist” to see what materials we have received/not received.

9. I am having technical difficulties with my application, can you please let me know why I am receiving errors? If you or your references need assistance with the online application, email

Still find you have questions? Please email us at