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.