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Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: July 15 (July 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring Admission: November 15 (November 1 for international applicants)
  • Summer Admission: April 15 (April 1 for international applicants)

    *Priority Application Dates for Financial Aid can be found HERE


All supporting materials must be received in our office by the application deadline. Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Click button to begin:

Apply Online

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

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Non-refundable application fee (Make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania)
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system (*international transcript policy)
  • Score reports for standardized tests, if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation (please see below)

Application Essays

Please respond to each of the following questions. When submitting your essays online, please upload them together in one document. The essays are an example of your writing ability, and should be well thought out and polished.

1a. Have you ever been placed on probation, been dismissed, or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity and/or student conduct violations? ? Yes/No

If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.

1b. Explain fully if you have ever withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or been academically dismissed by any school, college or university.

2. Write an essay (approx. 750 words) describing in detail your educational history and background, as well as your academic and personal goals, explaining how these will be furthered by study at Penn in general and at LPS in particular.

Please make sure to address whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability, and feel free to discuss a specific academic topic you have enjoyed studying and explain why it is of interest to you.

3. Describe any non-academic experiences that you feel strengthen your application such as employment, travel, community affairs, volunteer work, publications, etc.

4. Explain in detail what you hope to accomplish during your first year of study at the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies?

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for the Bachelor of Arts program. 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 College of Liberal and Professional Studies. You may ask your recommenders to complete their letters online or to submit hard copy letters of recommendation. To submit online recommendations, follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application. If your recommendations will not be submitted online, please complete the LPS cover sheet for letters of recommendation, give it to your references, and have them complete and attach the form to their letter.

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores are not required. However, you may opt to submit standardized test scores such as the SAT.

A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn, therefore you are required to submit TOEFL scores if English is not your native language. Use ETS code 2986 when requesting TOEFL scores.

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

Additional Instructions

The following circumstances require that you submit additional material:

  • If you completed less than two years of liberal arts work at the college level (approximately 16 courses in literature, philosophy, history, sociology, science, mathematics, etc.), you must submit an official high school transcript.
  • If you left high school without graduating, and you have completed less than two years of liberal arts work at the college level, you must submit an official score report from the test of General Educational Development (GED).


After a complete application is received and reviewed, candidates under further consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. If it is not convenient for you to come to campus, we will arrange a telephone interview.


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