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Application Overview

Pre-Health Programs application deadlines

You may apply to begin the Specialized Studies option during the fall, spring or summer terms, and the Core Studies option during the fall or summer terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Summer 2015 admission
Application deadline: April 1, 2015

Fall 2015 admission
Application deadline: July 1, 2015

Spring 2016 admission
Application deadline: November 1, 2015

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Once your completed application is received, you should expect a decision within three to four weeks.

Application materials checklist

Since all required supporting documents are submitted through the online application system, hardcopy material other than official transcripts or letters of recommendation will not be accepted.* Please urge your recommenders to submit their letters through the online system.

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

*Unsolicited material will not used for review.

  • Completed online application
  • Current résumé
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system 
  • Applicable standardized test scores (details below)
  • Letters of recommendation (details below)
  • Copy of verified application if you have previously applied to medical, dental or veterinary school

After a complete application is received and reviewed, candidates under serious consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on campus or remotely. Admissions decisions are generally made within two weeks of the interview.

Pre-Health Programs application essays

Your application will include essays addressing seven topics. Responses should not exceed four pages in length for all the questions combined. (Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.)

  • Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity? If this does not apply, please write N/A in your response. If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.
  • 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 healthcare; please be specific about the amount of time spent (either paid or volunteer).
  • 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 healthcare services. Please be specific about the amount of time you devoted to each activity.
  • In 150 words or less, please explain if you believe your transcripts and other records do not present an accurate picture of your ability.
  • In 150 words or less: Is there other information about yourself that you consider important that has not been covered in the previous questions?
  • Please list the college-level science courses you have completed, noting grades earned for each course.
  • Please list the college-level social and behavioral science courses you have completed, noting the grade earned for each course. 

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 enter a Pre-Health Program. If you have a Premedical Committee Evaluation, it must be submitted with your application. 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 (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.

Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are required of all Pre-Health Programs applicants:

  • If you have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT), you must submit these scores.
  • If you have not taken the MCAT or the DAT, you will need to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Your SAT scores 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.

Your ACT scores may be photocopied and mailed or faxed to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies office. ACT scores printed on an official high school transcript are also acceptable.

Your GRE scores should be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986.

Other standardized test scores, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), are not required for admission to the Pre-Health Programs. However, you may choose to submit these scores in support of your application. 

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.

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

International transcripts from institutions outside the United States

If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the US, you must submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency, for a course-by-course evaluation.

World Education Services Inc. (WES) must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent U.S. marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt.

World Education Services Inc. evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.

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