Penn Summer High School Programs FAQ
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General program questions
Only students attending the Pre-College and Young Scholars Program earn college credit and a corresponding University of Pennsylvania transcript.
For information on applications, courses, and payments, please contact the Penn Summer team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 notice when your admissions decision is available.
Once you have confirmed enrollment with Penn, you will receive an invoice outlining tuition and fees for your summer program. A financial deposit is the only way to formally reserve your spot within the program, so please follow the instructions included within the invoice to remit payment as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.
At this time, the University only provides scholarships to students from the School District of Philadelphia. All other students requiring financial assistance to attend a Penn summer program are encouraged to seek out external sources of funding from educational agencies or scholarship groups.
The application for international students is May 15 for the Pre-College Program. Most other programs have an application deadline of June 1. All application deadlines are available on our application page.
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 and Young Scholars programs, 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.
Once admitted, students work with an academic advisor to select courses. This happens once the student has submitted a course registration form.
Pre-College courses are undergraduate courses taught by University faculty. Program directors for the Summer Academies are faculty members supported by graduate assistants. Penn Summer Prep instructors are graduate teaching assistants in their respective fields.
Students apply to the program, not one specific course. Students are required to choose alternate courses when registering.