Thursday, February 11, 2016

Q&A: Doctoral Edition

Here at Penn GSE we're getting tons of questions about the application process for our PhD and non-executive EdD programs, so allow us to answer some of the most popular questions here.

1. Can you give an estimate of when PhD candidates are given notice of an interview possibility? And what percentage of applicants are asked to interview? - Anonymous on December 8th Doctoral Deadline

2. Hi there! Thanks for posting to this blog to keep us updated on things :) Do you know when the PhD interview invites will be going out? When is the interview weekend? - Anonymous on Friday Q&A

A: Invitations to our Doctoral Weekend have already been sent. If you did not receive an invitation to the weekend, fear not! Typically only 3 to 5 applicants in each program are invited to the initial weekend. Sometimes faculty will reach out to additional applicants after the weekend to schedule individual interviews. This is not a regular occurrence, but it can happen, so your file is still under consideration until final decisions are released in early-March!

3. I recently applied to the doctoral program at the GSE, and I'm writing with a question about timeline. I was wondering if you had a clear picture of the time frame in which applicants will be notified about your decisions, and the date by which we'll need to give our decisions. - Gemma via email

4. I am an applicant for Ph.D program in Reading / Writing / Literacy. I've been checking my status and know it's ready for review. May I ask what is the estimated time when the result of reviewing will be out? Will I be notified by an email? - Jingyi via email

A: If the application was complete by December 8th and sent to the faculty for review, decisions will be released in early-March. You will be notified via email (to the email address in your application file) and prompted to access the official decision letter in your the Apply Web account. We no not mail paper copies of decision letters, so we encourage you to print a copy of your letter for your records. Penn GSE adheres to the Council of Graduate Schools agreement which allows applicants until April 15 to submit their final decision.

Best wishes to all our applicants, and keep the questions coming!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Let the FUNDS Begin!

Financing your graduate education and navigating financial aid can cause confusion, fear, or frustration - but it doesn't have to!

Last week, Penn GSE Admissions & Financial Aid hosted a virtual information session focused on financial aid, including information about Penn GSE's aid packages, how to apply for federal or private loans, options for repayment plans, and more.

Click here to view a recording of the session.

Interested in joining the event and asking your questions live? We invite you to join us for another Financial Aid online session on March 30, 2016 from 7:00-8:00 PM (Eastern). RSVP here.

In the meantime, check out our financial aid website and contact with any specific questions!

Friday, January 15, 2016

University Closed Monday

The Penn Graduate School of Education (and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid) will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is greeted at the University Museum on "Law Day USA", May 1, 1965. (Photo by Bernato, courtesy the University Archives)

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 2016 UPenn MLK Symposium, click here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GSE Faculty in the News

The verdict is in - Penn GSE faculty are among the best in the nation!

Last week, Education Week's annual RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings were released and Penn GSE has a stellar TEN faculty make the list, including our school's Dean, Dr. Pam Grossman.

The names on this list may sound familiar if you've been following Penn GSE in the news...
Congratulations to these individuals and all of the other incredible faculty members at Penn GSE!

See the full list from Education Week here.

Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Rewind

2015 was a busy and exciting year at Penn GSE. We welcomed many new members to our community, saw our faculty featured on the national and international stages, and witnessed our students engaging locally and globally. We look forward to a new year, new students, and the new exciting things that are coming our way. Read on as we count down some of the year's top stories from Penn GSE! We wish you a happy and healthy new year!

January - "New Year begins with new dean at Penn GSE - Welcome, Dr. Pam Grossman!"

February - "EDSi start-ups make their pitch at Demo Day"

March - "Penn GSE recognized as a national leader in U.S. News and World Report"

April - "In his new book, 'Becoming Penn', Dr. John Puckett tells of the interwoven histories of Penn and West Philadelphia"

May - "Commencement Photo Gallery: See Penn GSE's Newest Alumni"

June - "Penn GSE’s Andy Porter to head $10M center on the Common Core and other college-readiness standards"

July - "PBS NewsHour features Dr. Richard Ingersoll"

August- "Harper report reveals racial disparity in school discipline across the South"

September - "New Penn GSE students begin blogging for you!"

October - "Global Education Forum builds connections between educators"

November - "Four Penn GSE faculty chosen to lead three top education associations"

December - "Learning by making, and sometimes failing - Dr. Yasmin Kafai on the 'Maker Jawn' project in Philadelphia"