Penn Summer High School Application Information

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Applications for Summer 2017 programs are now open!

Application deadlines

Penn Summer Prep Program Penn Summer Academies Pre-College Program Young Scholars
Session A: June 1, 2017 May 15, 2017 May 15, 2017 Session I: May 1, 2017
Session B: June 1, 2017     Session II: June 1, 2017

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Admissions criteria

A successful applicant should have:

  • Minimum 3.3 high school GPA
  • Writing that shows both technical skill and intellectual depth
  • Strong recommendations
  • A variety of extracurricular interests

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the application deadline or until programs have reached full capacity. Admissions decisions will be posted to your online application account. You will receive an email notice when your admissions decision is available.

Application instructions

Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Please note: this system is utilized for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs in addition to summer high school programs. The language in our application system may reference other programs.

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Application checklist

Penn Summer Prep Summer Academies & Pre-College Young Scholars
  1. Completed online application
  2. Application essay, listed below
  3. High school transcripts
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL or IELTS scores (details below)
  6. Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (waivers available by request)
  1. Completed online application
  2. Application essays, listed below
  3. High school transcripts
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL or IELTS scores (details below)
  6. Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (waivers available by request)
  1. Completed online application
  2. Application essays, listed below
  3. High school transcripts
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Non-native English speakers only: TOEFL or IELTS scores (details below)
  6. Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (waivers available by request)

 

Application essays

Number essays clearly and upload in one document. Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.

Penn Summer Prep Essay Summer Academies & Pre-College Essays Young Scholars Essays
  • Describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be further achieved by studying at Penn during the summer.
  • Describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be further achieved by studying at Penn during the summer. Feel free to discuss the particular program to which you are applying as well as other aspects of studying at Penn during the summer.
  • Select a few of your non-academic or extracurricular experiences and explain how these activities supplement your academic and personal growth.
  • Non-native English speakers only: Describe your English educational background and experience.
  • Describe your recent educational history (past 3-4 years) and background and address whether your transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. Feel free to describe non-academic or extra-curricular experiences that strengthen your application, such as volunteer work, employment, sports teams, high school clubs and travel.
  • Briefly, describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be furthered by study in the Young Scholars Program at Penn. Feel free to discuss a specific academic topic you enjoy studying and explain.

 

Submissions

Penn Summer High School Programs
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA
19104-3335

lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu

Transcripts

Upload a copy of high school transcripts into the online application. The transcript must include one full academic year of grades. If your transcript does not include one year of grades, you may upload a mid-term or interim report card, or middle/junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to mail or e-mail a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail/email.

Letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for Penn Summer Academy and Penn Pre-College Program applications. Two letters are required for the Young Scholars Program. These may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred) or mailed/e-mailed to our office. For electronic submissions, enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.

Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are not required for application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT or ACT test scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.

English proficiency test scores

Non-native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to verify English language proficiency. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT). The IELTS score required for admissions consideration is a 7. Copies of score reports may be uploaded to the application system or emailed to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.

Application fee waiver

Any applicant from the School District of Philadelphia or one of the following organizations is eligible for an application fee waiver. To secure your fee-waiver code, please e-mail us (to the attention of Maura Tucker) before submitting your application. Include your full name, the program to which you are applying and the name of your sponsoring organization.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Achievement First
  • DC Office of State Superintendent of Education
  • Ivy League Connection
  • Minds Matter
  • Right Angle Foundation
  • Schuler Scholars Foundation
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • School District of Philadelphia

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