Post-Baccalaureate Studies program application deadlines
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:
|Spring 2020||December 15, 2019|
|Summer 2020||May 1, 2020|
|Fall 2020||August 1, 2020|
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.
Application materials checklist
- Completed online application
- Current résumé
- Nonrefundable application fee
- Application essays, listed below
- Unofficial transcripts** from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system
- Standardized test scores, if applicable (details below)
- Letters of recommendation, if applicable (details below)
**If you attended an international institution official transcripts are required to review your application. See more information about our transcript policies. If transcripts and diplomas are not issued in English by the institution, both the official record and an authorized English translation must be submitted.
Post-Baccalaureate Studies program application essays
Your application will include essays addressing the topics listed below. The essays are reviewed as a reflection of your writing ability and should be well-thought-out and polished. Responses should not exceed four pages in length for all the questions combined. (Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.)
- Describe your educational history and background, making sure to address both academic and nonacademic experiences. Please clarify whether your records and transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. (250-word maximum)
- Explain your goals for participating in the program, some of the coursework you are interested in and campus resources you plan to utilize. Be as specific as you can about your plans upon completing the program and about your eventual career goals. (250-word maximum)
Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation are not required for the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program. However, you may submit up to three letters of recommendation to support your application. These should be from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enroll in the Post-Baccalaureate Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Recommendations may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.
Standardized test scores
Standardized test scores are not required for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Studies program.
Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.
International transcripts from institutions outside the United States
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the US are required to have a course-by-course credential evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) performed by an outside evaluation service. Credential evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The following two evaluation services are acceptable:
CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service: Applicants from international institutions are encouraged to use the CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides certified documents and course evaluations which are then included as part of your application materials. If using this service, Penn requires the “Evaluation” service at a cost of $190.
World Education Services Inc. (WES): WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.
Please note that these services charge a fee for the evaluation.