Classical Studies Program


Application Deadline

  • Fall: March 15, with rolling admissions thereafter until the program is full

    *Applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline 

Application Process

Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Click button to begin:

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An application must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Non-refundable application fee 
  • Application essays
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system (Please note: a.) Fall semester transcripts are required of all Spring 2013 graduates; b.) study abroad transcripts are not required; c.) international transcript policy)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Score reports for standardized tests, if applicable

Application Essay

Please respond to each of the following questions in one essay. Responses should not exceed four pages.

  1. Please discuss your academic background and explain what you hope to achieve in our post-baccalaureate program. Be as specific as you can about your plans upon completing the program and about your eventual career goals. If you wish to provide additional information on your academic record or experience, please do so.
  2. Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity?  Yes/No

If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.

  1. Please list all Greek and Latin courses you have taken and the grades earned for each.

Letters of Recommendation

You must submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should come from persons with whom you have had a close professional or academic association, and who know of your desire to pursue classical studies at the advanced level. Recommendations may be submitted online or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application. For paper recommendations, please print a copy of the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies Official Recommendation Form and supply a copy to each recommender.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required. However, you may opt to submit standardized test scores such as the GRE. 

Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see: If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was not English, you must submit an official TOEFL score. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website.

Upon review of an applicant's file, the admissions committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.

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