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Admissions and Eligibility

The Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program is designed for individuals who have studied through the intermediate level in both Greek and Latin. The majority of our students have received their undergraduate degree within the last two years. However, we welcome qualified returning students as long as they have the necessary language background.

Entering students generally have had two years (four semesters) of college-level Greek and two years of college-level Latin, or have reached the equivalent level through intensive language programs. Four semesters of college-level language include a year of grammar and vocabulary and a year of translation classes, usually one semester of prose and one semester of poetry. Students with less language experience may be accepted into the program; however, we generally do not accept anyone who has not started at least one of the languages.

Your application to the program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program at Penn
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward entering the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program at Penn is completing the online application.

New Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. We consider applications submitted by the March 1 deadline first, and after that, we will consider applications as they arrive, on a first-come, first-served basis, until the program is full.

The Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program is still accepting applications for fall 2019.

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