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Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: July 15 
  • Spring Admission: November 15 (Specialized Studies Only)
  • Summer Admission: April 1 

* All applications materials must be received in our office by the application deadline.

Application

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 (Pay online or make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Application essays
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system (study abroad transcripts are not required)
  • Score report for the SAT, ACT or GRE. In addition, if you have taken the MCAT or DAT, you must send a copy of those scores. *Applicants with MCAT or DAT scores do not need to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT, or GRE.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic associates, or an employer
  • Copy of AMCAS application, if you have previously applied to medical school

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Application Essays

Please respond to each of the following questions. Please upload them together in one document.

  1. Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity?

    If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.
  2. In 400 words or less, describe the path that brought you to your current interest in the health professions. Give a brief personal history, describing your previous career (or career goals), explaining why you have decided to pursue professional training in the healthcare field. This should include a description of previous experience in health care; please be specific about the amount of time spent (either paid or volunteer).
  3. In 250 words or less, describe any experience you have, either paid or volunteer or observational, which is relevant to health research or the provision of health care services. Please be specific about the amount of time you devoted to each activity.
  4. In 150 words or less, please explain if you believe your transcripts and other records do not present an accurate picture of your ability.
  5. In 150 words or less: is there other information about yourself that you consider important that has not been covered in the previous questions?
  6. Please list the college-level science courses you have completed, noting grades earned for each course.
  7. Please list the college-level social and behavioral science courses you have completed, noting the grade earned for each course.

Letters of Recommendation

You must submit at least two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enter the healthcare field. If you have a Premedical Committee Evaluation, it must be submitted. A Premedical Committee Evaluation will fulfill the minimum requirement for the letters of recommendation, though you may submit additional letters as a supplement if you wish.

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.

Please download the Official Recommendation Form here.

Standardized Test Scores

You are required to submit a score report of the SAT, ACT, or GRE to the LPS office.  If you have taken the MCAT or the DAT, you must submit a photocopy of these scores as well.  Applicants with MCAT or DAT scores do not need to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT, or GRE.

The SAT may be sent from the College Board using the institutional code 2986.  Official SAT scores printed on an official high school transcript are also acceptable.

The ACT may be photocopied and mailed or faxed to the LPS office. ACT scores printed on an official high school transcript are also acceptable.

The GRE must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986.

If you have taken any additional standardized tests such as the GMAT or the LSAT, you may send copies of those scores to supplement your application.

Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see: www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/english_proficiency). 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.

Interview

After a complete application is received and reviewed, candidates under further consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. If it is not convenient for you to come to campus, we will arrange a telephone interview. Admissions decisions are generally made within two weeks of the interview.


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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: 215.898.7326
Fax: 215.573.2053
Email: lps@sas.upenn.edu
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