The University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies offers a special opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit. Young Scholars can pursue their favorite discipline beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get a head start on their college requirements, or explore a brand new field that interests them.
The Young Scholars program is open to high school juniors and seniors. It is not designed for younger students or for students who have been admitted to Penn through the Early Decision option.
Our average applicant has:
Young Scholars can choose from a variety of courses at the undergraduate level offered by the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Topics offered include anthropology, economics, English, math, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, and many more. We encourage students to select courses based upon their interests rather than upon requirements or anticipated majors. We find that the students who fare best in our program are those who use this opportunity to expand and explore.
Enrollment is subject to the approval of the program director and registration in a desired course is not guaranteed. For the list of courses available to Young Scholars please view our online course guide. Complete course descriptions and meeting times are available by clicking on individual course titles.
Enrollment in the Young Scholars Program is limited. Some courses may have educational prerequisites or require placement testing.
Admission to the Young Scholars Program does not constitute admission to a full-time program at the University of Pennsylvania.
All applicants must submit the following:
The Young Scholars Program is selective and limited in size. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials arrive by the deadline. Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received.
Applications for Summer 2013 programs are now open! Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Click the button below to begin:
Applications will open in Spring 2015
Please respond to the following questions. Number your essays clearly and upload responses together in one document using the upload button. Responses should not exceed two (2) pages in length for all the questions combined.
Young Scholars will be assessed traditional undergraduate summer tuition rates. Please see Tuition and Fees page for details.