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2020 SAS summer courses will take place remotely. For undergraduates, please check Penn InTouch for updated summer course information. For graduate and professional students, please consult your schools and programs. Summer study abroad remains cancelled.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies staff is working remotely to comply with University protocols as we navigate the COVID-19 virus. Penn is committed to maintaining a safe campus and workplace for faculty, students, staff, and visitors. While we are not onsite, we are still available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by phone and online in case you need support: (215) 898-7326 or lps@sas.upenn.edu.

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Penn Summer High School Application Information

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Application deadlines

Applications for summer 2021 programs open on December 1, 2020.

Penn Summer Prep Program Penn Summer Academies Pre-College Program
June 1, 2020 June 1, 2020

Summer Session I: May 15, 2020
Summer Session II: June 1, 2020

Admissions criteria

A successful applicant should have:

  • Minimum 3.3 high school GPA
  • Writing that shows both technical skill and intellectual depth
  • Strong recommendations
  • A variety of extracurricular interests

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the application deadline or until programs have reached full capacity. Admissions decisions will be posted to your online application account. You will receive an email notification when your admissions decision is available.

Application instructions

Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Please note: this system is utilized for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in addition to summer high school programs. The language in our application system may reference other programs. All application materials become the property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.

Application checklist

Penn Summer Prep Summer Academies
& Pre-College
  1. Completed online application
  2. Application essay, listed below
  3. High school transcripts
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency—TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT or ACT accepted (waived if applicant attends English-medium school)
  6. Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (waivers available by request)
  1. Completed online application
  2. Application essays, listed below
  3. High school transcripts
  4. One letter of recommendation
  5. Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency – TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT, or ACT accepted. See below for information about waiving this requirement.
  6. Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (waivers available by request)

Application essays

Number essays clearly and upload them in one document. Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.

Penn Summer Prep Essay Summer Academies
& Pre-College Essays
  • Describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be further achieved by studying at Penn during the summer.
  • Describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be further achieved by studying at Penn during the summer. Feel free to discuss the particular program to which you are applying as well as other aspects of studying at Penn during the summer.
  • Select a few of your non-academic or extracurricular experiences and explain how these activities supplement your academic and personal growth.
  • Non-native English speakers only: Describe your English educational background and experience.


Transcripts

Upload a copy of high school transcripts into the online application. The transcript must include one full academic year of grades. If your transcript does not include one year of grades, you may upload a mid-term or interim report card, or middle/junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail/email. Submissions should be emailed to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu.

Letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for Penn Summer Academy and Penn Pre-College Program applications. These should be submitted electronically through the application system. For electronic submissions, enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.

Standardized test scores

Standardized test scores are not required for the application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.

English proficiency test scores

Non-native English speakers must submit a test score to verify English language proficiency unless they attend an English-medium school, in which case this requirement is waived. For the Pre-College program, a student must attend an English-medium school for 2+ years by the time of enrollment for the requirement to be waived.

If scores are required, a TOEFL, IELTS, PSAT, SAT, or ACT score is accepted. Copies of score reports may be uploaded to the application system or emailed to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The IELTS score required for admissions consideration is a 7.

Application fee waiver

Any applicant from the School District of Philadelphia or one of the following organizations is eligible for an application fee waiver. To secure your fee-waiver code, please email us (to the attention of Mary Bustamante) before submitting your application. Include your full name, the program to which you are applying, and the name of your sponsoring organization.

Eligible organizations include:

  • Achievement First
  • DC Office of State Superintendent of Education
  • Ivy League Connection
  • Minds Matter
  • Right Angle Foundation
  • Schuler Scholars Foundation
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • School District of Philadelphia

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