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Penn Summer Academies

Penn Summer Academies are academically rigorous, subject intensive programs which fuse traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities. Academies meet Monday through Friday, roughly 9am to 4pm, and include morning lectures and discussion groups complemented by guided laboratory research or relevant field trips. All programs are overseen and taught by Penn faculty or staff, ensuring students are met with a challenging Ivy League curriculum. Programs conclude with a capstone project designed to hone skills learned throughout the academy. Residential and commuter options are available.

How to Apply

Learn more about each of our Penn Summer Academies:

The Residential Experience

  • Housing
    • Students live together in one of Penn’s undergraduate dormitories
    • Historic, fully-air-conditioned dorm features study and social lounges, laundry facilities, vending machines, and hi-speed internet access
    • Single, double, and triple occupancy rooms typically available
  • Dining
    • Meal plan included
    • Three meals Monday through Friday; two meals on Sundays
    • Wide selection of dietary choices, including vegetarian and kosher options
  • Health and Safety
    • Full-time support staff within the dorms
    • All students assigned a Residential Counselor (RC) for mentorship and supervision
    • Residential Counselors live within the dorms and are available 24/7 if needed
    • Students provided access to Penn’s Student Health Services for non-emergency care
  • Extracurriculars
    • Evening and weekend  activities provided
    • Weekend day trips included: previous locales include Washington, D.C., New York City, Hershey Park, King of Prussia Mall, and the Jersey Shore
    • Admissions workshops, study sessions, and campus lecture series available  

The Commuter Experience

  • Housing
    • Commuter students have access to common spaces and the open-air quad within the dormitory
  • Dining
    • Lunch stipend provided Monday through Friday
  • Health and Safety
    • Full-time support staff within the dorms
    • Students provided access to Penn’s Student Health Services for non-emergency care
  • Extracurriculars
    • Commuting students have access to on-campus activities scheduled Monday through Friday between 9am to 6pm
    • Admissions workshops, study sessions, and campus lecture series available  

*Please note: Some programs utilize textbooks or additional course materials which are not included in tuition. These may be purchased independently from the Penn Bookstore or an online retailer of your choice.