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Admissions and Eligibility

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds, and the eligibility requirements reflect our search for applicants who are ready to take advantage the experiences Penn has to offer. The Admissions Committee considers each applicant's academic potential, intellectual strengths and ability to think independently and the applicant’s motivation and ability to be a contributing member of the Penn community.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have passed the high school equivalency exam or GED (General Educational Development) test with a minimum score of 450. Successful applicants to the Bachelor of Arts program must possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average in their high school and previous undergraduate studies.

While there are no specific prerequisite courses and no required number of college-level courses need to be completed prior to applying to the BA, the majority of admitted applicants have successfully completed at least six to eight college-level courses in the liberal arts.

Standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, are not generally required when applying for the Bachelor of Arts. However, you may choose to submit standardized test scores in support of your application. Most international applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency via Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores.

Students who have been denied admission to any bachelor’s degree program at the University of Pennsylvania must wait one year before re-applying to the University of Pennsylvania.

Application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your Bachelor of Arts at Penn is completing the online application. Applications for the Bachelor of Arts program are accepted on a rolling basis. Candidates under serious consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on campus or remotely. Applicants are strongly encouraged to finalize and submit their materials by the priority deadlines.

Spring 2019 is the final term of admission for this program.

Regular Admission Deadlines

Admission Cycle Deadline
Spring 2019 November 1, 2018

Priority Admission Deadlines

Admission Cycle Deadline
Spring 2019 October 1, 2018

International Student Admission Deadlines

Admission Cycle Deadline
Spring 2019 October 1, 2018

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