High School Program: Young Scholars

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 High School Program: Young Scholars

The Young Scholars Program allows outstanding juniors and seniors attending a local high school to take college courses. In the Young Scholars Program, you can pursue your discipline beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get a head start on your college requirements or explore a brand-new field that interests you. It’s an exciting chance to explore new ideas and experience life in a college classroom.

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. For the list of courses currently available to Young Scholars, please view our online course guide. Complete course descriptions and meeting times are available by clicking on individual course titles.

Students must apply according to our admissions and eligibility guidelines. Enrollment is subject to the approval of the Program Director, and registration in a desired course is not guaranteed.

Students attending City of Philadelphia public and charter schools are eligible for tuition-free participation in the program. Once admitted to the program, students will be able to take one course in the fall and spring semesters tuition free.

Grades and evaluations

Students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as Penn undergraduates. Completed courses result in an official college grade and college credit. Students earn one Penn course unit (1 c.u.*, the equivalent of four college credit hours) for each course completed. Students planning to transfer these credits to their future undergraduate record or institution should be aware that transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the institution. Learn more about Penn’s transfer and external credit policies on the Penn Admissions website.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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