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Penn Summer High School Programs

Get your first taste of college life at an Ivy League Institution!

Penn delivers the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum to academically talented high school students seeking a pre-collegiate experience. Explore Penn's historic campus, engage with leading faculty, and build intellectual connections within accelerated three or six week Penn Summer High School Programs.

Summer Academies

Summer AcademiesAcademies are subject-intensive three week programs which fuse sophisticated scientific or social theory with relevant application. The science academies draw upon Penn's cutting-edge technology and resources to provide innovative lab experiences, while the humanities academies draw upon the rich history and diversity of Philadelphia to provide a sociologically comprehensive summer experience. Residential and commuter options are available.

Program Dates: July 3 – July 23, 2016
Residential & Commuter Options | Non-Credit

Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade | International Applicants welcome | Competitive Application Process 

Financial aid available for School District of Philadelphia students. Learn more>


Pre-College Program

College CoursesA true Penn experience! Pre-College students enroll in undergraduate courses alongside Penn students and receive college credit, while exploring the university as a residential student, with access to dorms, dining halls, recreational facilities, libraries, and undergraduate academic resources, including admissions workshops, advising, and learning resource centers. Learn more>

Program Dates: June 28 – August 6, 2016
Residential Only | Undergraduate Credit Offered

Eligibility: Current 10th-11th grade | Competitive Application Process | International Applicants Welcome 


Young Scholars Program

College CoursesAn Ivy League experience for local students! Young Scholars enroll in undergraduate courses for college credit alongside Penn students and have access to full undergraduate academic resources, including libraries, academic advising, admissions workshops, and learning resources. Learn more>

Program Dates: Session I: May 23 - June 29, 2016; Session II: June 30 – August 5, 2016 
Commuter Only | Undergraduate Credit Offered

Eligibility: Current 10th-11th grade | Competitive Application Process | International Applicants Welcome


Other Summer Programs at Penn

Other Penn Summer High School ProgramsThe university also runs numerous summer programs not managed by our division. To learn more about these offerings, click through for details.