Welcome to Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey! We are excited to welcome you as a graduate student and we are busy preparing for your arrival. The information below provides additional details on several important parts of the onboarding process.
Please review the items below carefully as some have firm deadlines.
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Congratulations to the entering students for fall 2020! You are part of a record high number of students that will be pursuing their doctoral and master’s degrees at Penn State College of Medicine. Although you are starting your graduate school years at a time of great uncertainty, it is our goal to provide you with a safe environment to optimize your educational experience. At this point in time, we cannot with certainty state whether orientation and fall classes will be held in-person or remotely, or a combination, starting in August. Much depends when state and federal authorities relax stay in place orders, and when the College ramps up laboratory research.
Our campus is unique due to its affiliation Penn State Health, and a two-week quarantine will be mandatory for all incoming students. You will therefore be expected to be living in the Hershey area by Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.
As you look for housing in the Hershey area, please make sure that your apartment has high speed internet. On-campus and neighboring private apartment complexes will fill up quickly! It is our suggestion that you reserve housing now. You are competing for limited apartment availability with others!
All matriculating students must arrive with a laptop computer and a functional video camera. These requirements will facilitate onboarding and educational experiences, and will enable you to fully participate in remote learning, if that option is necessary.
We will look forward to meeting each and every one of you in person in August during orientation. Until then, please be safe and watch for future emails from Graduate Education regarding onboarding requirements.
Dr. Charles Lang
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Register Online Using LionPATH
The fall 2020 registration timetable is now available on the Office of the University Registrar website. Undergraduate and graduate students can view the timetable to determine the first date they may begin registering for fall 2020 courses in LionPATH. Students also can find their first day to register in their Enrollment Dates box in the LionPATH Student Center.
Enrollment Shopping Carts
LionPATH shopping carts is the place for students to create and maintain their class schedules for the upcoming semester. It is used to temporarily save classes until it is time to enroll for the semester. (Students should remember to take courses out of the shopping cart when really ready to register – shopping cart is a temporary saving place.)
Students are only eligible to enroll in classes once they have completed their Fall 2020 Pre-Registration Activity Guide, which includes verification of emergency contact information and the Financial Responsibility Agreement (FRA). The Activity Guide can be found in the student’s To Do List within the LionPATH Student Center.
You will receive information from the University Health Services (UHS) on the processes to follow to enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) or decline SHIP insurance. See SHIP details here.
Note: All graduate assistants and fellows are automatically enrolled in this insurance, so if you do not want SHIP you will need to decline the coverage.
Students are expected to have a computer, high speed internet, and a webcam at their place of residence.
Parking Registration Form
All students who are driving on campus must provide complete vehicle information for any vehicles you will be driving. You will receive a vehicle permit sticker for each vehicle you register when you arrive for orientation. To be compliant with Penn State Hershey Medical Center Parking Policy, your parking registration card must be submitted by August 7!.
Before Arriving on Campus
The Graduate Bulletin is Penn State’s comprehensive source for graduate academic information and program requirements.
If you are a current employee of Penn State, Penn State College of Medicine or Penn State Health and will be appointed as a graduate assistant or fellow, your current employment with Penn State must terminate by July 31, 2020. Your graduate appointment begins Aug. 1, 2020.
Penn State requires all incoming degree-seeking students to be compliant with immunization requirements. All students, regardless of program or other affiliation with Penn State or Penn State Health, must provide proof of immunizations prior to arrival on campus. Note that the College of Medicine and University requirements are different!
Requirements for Penn State
- Visit the University Health Services website for information on required immunizations and log into myUHS using your Penn State Access ID to upload image files of your official immunization records.
Requirements for Penn State College of Medicine
- Complete the Student Health Infectious Disease Summary. Deadline for receipt of this form is July 13, 2020.
Students who have disabilities should complete the online Information Request Form.
All information is confidential.
Orientation will take place Aug. 17 to 21, 2020.