Once accepted into the Young Scholars Program, students work in consultation with a Penn academic advisor to enroll in one or two undergraduate courses. Our program offers undergraduate courses in a wide array of disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars; Young Scholars can pursue their favorite discipline beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get ahead on their college applications, or explore a brand-new field that interests them. Registration in a desired course is not guaranteed, and many courses fill up, so early application is strongly advised.
Summer 2020 course offerings are now available in the Young Scholars course guide.
Download: Young Scholars Student Handbook (PDF)
If you are interested in this type of opportunity during the fall and/or spring semesters, learn more about the academic year Young Scholars Program.
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.
Earn academic credit from the University of Pennsylvania
Young Scholars 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).
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.
Take advantage of the University’s world-class resources
In addition to Penn’s remarkable libraries and expert faculty instructors, Young Scholars can access academic support at the Marks Family Writing Center, the Mathematics Department, and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center.
Tuition and fees
Summer Young Scholars will be assessed traditional undergraduate summer tuition rates. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for details.