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Application Overview

Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program application deadlines

New Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadline:

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: March 1, 2015
Application will be opening in October 2014

Please note that applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline. Rolling admissions continue after March 15 until the program is full.

Application materials checklist

Applications must be submitted through our online application system and must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed online application
  • Current résumé
  • Nonrefundable application fee (Make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania or pay by credit card through the online application)
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system. Please note:
    • Final fall semester transcripts are required of all spring graduates
    • Study abroad transcripts are not required
  • Standardized test scores, if applicable (details below)
  • Two letters of recommendation (details below)

Application essays

Please compile your responses into a single document.

Your application will include an essay addressing the following three topics. Your response should not exceed four pages in length.

  • Please discuss your academic background and explain what you hope to achieve in the Classical Studies 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.

Additional items:

  • Please provide a list of all Greek and Latin courses you have taken and the grades earned for each.
  • If you have ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance. (If this does not apply, please write N/A in your response.)

Letters of recommendation

Each applicant will submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to study classical studies (or a related field) 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 download a copy of the recommendation form (PDF) and supply a copy to each recommender.

Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are not required for admission to the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program. However, you may choose to submit standardized test scores, such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), in support of your application. Request that your scores report for the GRE test be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies office, using ETS institutional code 2986. Please contact us if you are unsure whether or not you should take the GRE.

International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was English, you may request to waive the TOEFL requirement by sending an email to lps@sas.upenn.edu.  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. Please contact us if you are unsure whether or not you should take the TOEFL.

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

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