Young Scholars Program

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Session I: May 28 – July 3, 2019
Session II: July 5 - August 9, 2019

Application deadlines:
Session I: May 1, 2019
Session II: June 1, 2019

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The Young Scholars Program is designed for ambitious Philadelphia area students interested in the intellectual challenge and rigorous pace of a true undergraduate experience. Young Scholars commute to Penn’s campus to attend summer courses within one of our two summer sessions. Young Scholars attend classes alongside Penn undergraduates and are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as regular Penn students. All students have access to our outstanding academic resources, including libraries, university learning resources, college admission workshops and a Penn-appointed academic advisor. 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.

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College-level courses

Once accepted into the Young Scholars Program, students work in consultation with a Penn academic advisor to enroll in one or two undergraduate courses.

Summer 2019 course offerings are now available in the Young Scholars course guide.

Summer 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 finals. Textbooks and additional course materials may be required for a class.

Registration in a desired course is not guaranteed, and many courses fill up, so early application is strongly advised.

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.

Grades and evaluations

Students are evaluated by the same academic standards and procedures as Penn undergraduates. Students earn one Penn course unit for each course completed. Biology 101 counts as 1.5 course units due to the rigorous laboratory component. Upon successful completion of the program, 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.

Tuition and fees

Summer Young Scholars will be assessed traditional undergraduate summer tuition rates. Please see Tuition and Fees page for details.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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