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Application Overview

Post-Baccalaureate Studies program application deadlines

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.

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 
  • Standardized test scores, if applicable (details below)
  • Letters of recommendation, if applicable (details below)

Post-Baccalaureate Studies program application essays

Your application will include essays addressing the topics listed below. The essays are reviewed as a reflection of your writing ability, and should be well-thought out and polished. 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.
  • Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address both academic and nonacademic experiences. Please clarify whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. (250 word maximum)
  • Explain your goals for participating in the program, some of the coursework you are interested in and campus resources you plan to utilize. Be as specific as you can about your plans upon completing the program and about your eventual career goals. (250 word maximum)

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation are not required for the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program. However, you may submit up to three letters of recommendation to support your application. These should be from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enroll in the Post-Baccalaureate Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. 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 Post-Baccalaureate Studies program.

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.

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Areas of Study

With access to over 50 areas of study, the Post-Baccalaureate program can be customized to meet your individual needs.

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