Explore exciting topics in college-level courses
Penn Summer undergraduate courses are typically smaller in size and taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Most classes meet two to five times weekly, Monday through Friday, and assign homework, research papers, midterms, and/or finals. Textbooks and additional course materials may be required for a class.
Pre-College Program students enrolled in one college-level course must also enroll in a non-credit enrichment course designed to complement and enhance undergraduate study. Enrichment courses typically meet three to six hours weekly and are taught by learning specialists with extensive experience preparing students for the Ivy League. Past enrichment courses include Introduction to Critical Reading and Academic Writing and SAT Preparation Skills. Students enrolled in two college courses are considered fully subscribed to academic work and will not be enrolled in an enrichment course.
Earn academic credit from the University of Pennsylvania
Pre-College Program students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as Penn undergraduates. Students earn one course unit (1 c.u., the equivalent of 4 college credit hours) for each course taken. Biology 101 counts as 1.5 c.u. due to the rigorous laboratory component. Upon successful completion of the program and all coursework within, students may request official transcripts from Penn’s Registrar (fee-based). Enrichment courses are not subject to credit or grading; however regular attendance and work are expected. Students planning to transfer these grades to their future undergraduate record or institution should be aware that transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the institution, including the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Penn’s transfer credit policies for pre-baccalaureate coursework.
Enjoy the full residential experience
The Penn Summer High School Pre-College Program is a residential program that offers the following:
Housing: Students live together in the heart of Penn’s campus in fully air-conditioned undergraduate dormitories featuring study and social lounges, laundry facilities, vending machines, and high-speed internet access. Single, double, and triple occupancy rooms typically available.
Dining: Program tuition includes a meal plan with two meals included Monday through Friday and two meals on Sundays. Campus dining features a wide selection of dietary choices, including vegetarian and kosher options, and there is an exciting variety of retail food outlets throughout campus.
Health and safety: All Pre-College Program students are assigned a Residential Counselor (RC) for mentorship and supervision. Residential Counselors live in the dorms and are available 24/7 if needed. Students also have access to Penn's Student Health Services for non-emergency care.
Make the most of your summer at Penn
In addition to classes, Pre-College Program students enjoy evening and weekend activities that introduce scholars to student life at Penn and the city of Philadelphia. Weekend day trips have included: Washington, D.C., New York City, Hershey Park, King of Prussia Mall, and the Jersey Shore. College preparatory admissions workshops, study sessions, and campus lecture series are also available.
The Pre-College Program welcomes international applicants. Any student that is not a US citizen or permanent resident will require an F-1 student visa to study in the US. Once admitted, you will receive an email from the International Student and Scholar Services office with instructions for applying for your I-20. The I-20 is the form you need to apply for an F-1 student visa at your closest US Embassy or Consulate. The F-1 visa requires students to enroll in a full-time course load of two c.u. (undergraduate courses.)
The residential experience
The Pre-College Program offers a complete residential experience.
- Students live together in the heart of Penn’s campus in undergraduate dormitories
- Fully air-conditioned dorms feature study and social lounges, laundry facilities, vending machines, and hi-speed internet access
- Single, double, and triple occupancy rooms typically available
- Meal plan included
- Two meals Monday through Friday; two meals on Sundays
- A wide selection of dietary choices, including vegetarian and kosher options
|Health and safety
- Full-time support staff within the dorms
- All students assigned a Residential Counselor (RC) for mentorship and supervision
- Residential Counselors live in the dorms and are available 24/7 if needed
- Students provided access to Penn's Student Health Services for non-emergency care
- Evening and weekend activities that introduce scholars to student life at Penn and in the City of Philadelphia
- Weekend day trips have included: Washington, D.C., New York City, Hershey Park, King of Prussia Mall, and the Jersey Shore
- Admissions workshops, study sessions, and campus lecture series available