Domestic Guest Student Program Application

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission: December 15
  • Fall Admission: August 15

* All application 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 online application
  • Non-refundable application fee (Pay online or 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 (study abroad transcripts are not required)
  • Official letter of permission from home school Dean or Program Director*

*Students must have written permission from their Dean or the Academic Director of their Undergraduate Degree Program to participate in the program and to transfer the credits earned at Penn to their home institution. The letter should identify the semester or semesters for which the student is applying and should be sent directly to LPS.

Official transcripts and the Dean's Letter for guest students should be sent to the following address:

LPS Admissions
3440 Market Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Application Essays

Please respond to each of the following questions. If you are submitting your essays online, please upload them together in one document. Number your essays clearly and begin each essay on a separate page. Responses should not exceed four pages in length for all the questions combined.

  1. Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity?

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

  1. Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. Explain fully if you have ever withdrawn, taken a leave of absence, or been dropped by any school, college, or university.
  2. Write a brief essay describing your academic and personal goals and explain how these will be furthered by study at Penn in general and at LPS in particular. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendations are not required. 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 College of Liberal and Professional Studies. If you decide to submit letters of recommendation, 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. You can download the form here.

Standardized Test Scores

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

Most international applicants must also submit TOEFL scores (see: If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was not English, you must submit an official TOEFL score. 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.

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).

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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