The University of Pennsylvania's College of Liberal and Professional Studies offers a special opportunity for academically exceptional local high school students to take college courses with Penn students and earn full college credit. Young Scholars can pursue their favorite discipline beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get a head start on their college requirements, or explore a brand new field that interests them.
The Young Scholars program is open to high school juniors and seniors. It is not designed for younger students or for students who have been admitted to Penn through the Early Decision option. Admission to the Young Scholars Program does not constitute admission to a full-time program at the University of Pennsylvania.
A successful applicant should have:
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. We encourage students to select courses based upon their interests rather than upon requirements or anticipated majors. We find that the students who fare best in our program are those who use this opportunity to expand and explore.
For the list of courses available to Young Scholars please view our online course guide. Complete course descriptions and meeting times are available by clicking on individual course titles.
Course enrollment is subject to the approval of the Young Scholars Program advisor and registration in a specific course is not guaranteed. Some courses may have educational prerequisites or require placement testing.
Download: Young Scholars Student Handbook
All applicants must submit the following:
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials arrive by the deadline. Applications are not reviewed until all materials are received.
Applications for the Summer 2016 Young Scholars Program will open on December 1, 2015. Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Click the button below to begin:
Please respond to the following questions. Number your essays clearly and upload responses together in one document using the upload button. Responses should not exceed two (2) pages in length for all the questions combined.
Summer Young Scholars will be assessed traditional undergraduate summer tuition rates. Please see Tuition and Fees page for details.