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Admissions and Eligibility

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies program (Post-Bacc Studies) is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution. Successful applicants to the program should possess at least a 3.0 grade point average in previous academic work.

International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US. Students requiring an F-1 visa must study full time and can be sponsored for a maximum of 12 months. If you have any additional questions on visa requirements, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at Penn. 

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies Admissions Committee considers each program candidate’s application materials holistically, as part of a selective admissions process. In addition to reviewing your academic record and resume, they will evaluate all of your written application materials as a reflection of your academic writing ability.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward entering the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program at Penn is completing the online application. 

You may apply to begin Post-Baccalaureate Studies during the fall, spring or summer terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Admission Cycle Deadline
Summer 2018May 1, 2018
Fall 2018August 1, 2018
Spring 2019December 15, 2018

If you are a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College or Swarthmore College please apply to the "Penn Alumni Program" within the application.

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Upcoming Post-Bacc information sessions

Upcoming Post-Bacc Info Sessions

Join us on Tuesday, March 20 for an on-campus information session or Wednesday, March 21 for a virtual information session.

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Summer application deadline: May 1

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Student stories

Student Stories

"One of the Post-Baccalaureate program's greatest assets is the sheer number of courses offered in the evening."
-- Shenika McAlister

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