About LPS

The University of Pennsylvania’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is housed within Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, the area of the University that is home to the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. LPS offers an extraordinary education to highly qualified adult students. Some of our students seek to begin or complete their bachelor’s degrees, but in recent years LPS has also become a magnet for students seeking post-baccalaureate study in professional master’s and pre-professional programs in the humanities and the natural and social sciences.

Whatever the level of their studies, students at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are intellectually capable adults who are fully engaged in their work, and for whom a Penn degree or individual courses serve two fully integrated aims: intellectual and personal enrichment, and career or academic advancement. These students come not only from Philadelphia and its environs but from all over the country—indeed, many of them come from abroad—specifically to study in LPS' innovative, multi-disciplinary programs.

Our students embody the values of the School of Arts and Sciences’ commitment to bring knowledge, analysis, creativity, innovation, and invention to bear on society’s most critical problems. These students are engaged in the world. They come to Penn with a sense of purpose and urgency and a strong sense of the problems facing the world in the 21st century, and they bring to Penn a unique combination of intellectual talent, maturity, and a broad spectrum of experience.