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Admissions and Eligibility

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies program (Post-Bacc Studies) is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements.

Applicants must hold either a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution. International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US. Successful applicants to the program should possess at least a 3.0 grade point average in previous academic work.

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies Admissions Committee considers each program candidate’s application materials holistically, as part of a selective admissions process. In addition to reviewing your academic record and resume, they will evaluate all of your written application materials as a reflection of your academic writing ability.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward entering the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program at Penn is completing the online application

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

  • Fall admission: August 15 (July 15 for international applicants)
  • Spring admission: December 15 (November 15 for international applicants)
  • Summer admission: May 1 (April 1 for international applicants)

Once your completed application is received, you should expect a decision within two weeks.

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Personal Advising

Program Contacts

The Post-Baccalaureate program team is here to advise, guide and coach you through the Penn experience.

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Inside the Program

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The Post-Bacc Studies program offers you access to courses in over 50 areas of study.

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Upcoming Post-Bacc Info Session

Upcoming Post-Bacc Info Session

Join us July 15th for a Virtual Info Session, hosted live and online from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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