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Penn Summer High School Application Information

Penn Summer High School students

For our high school programs, an online application and a non-refundable fee of $75 are required. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through the deadline of May 10, 2021 (or June 1 for Session B, applicable only to Penn Summer Prep and Young Scholars Program). Admissions decisions will be posted to your online application account. You will receive an email notification when your admissions decision is available.

Applications for Penn Summer Prep, Summer Academies, the Pre-College Program, and the Young Scholars program are now open.

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Application deadlines

Penn Summer Prep: May 10, 2021


Penn Summer Academies: May 10, 2021


Penn Summer Pre-College Program, Summer Sessions I and II: May 10, 2021


Young Scholars

Admission Cycle Deadline
Summer 2021 - Session I May 10, 2021
Summer 2021 - Session II June 1, 2021
Fall 2021 August 1, 2021
Spring 2022 December 1, 2021

Admissions overview

Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Please note that 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.

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.

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

Application checklists

  • Completed online application
  • Application essay: Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.
    • Describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be further achieved by studying at Penn during the summer.
  • High school transcripts (official or unofficial transcripts are accepted): 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 or junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to mail or email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail or email.
  • One letter of recommendation: This letter may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred), or mailed or emailed to our office. For electronic submissions through the application system, enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.
  • Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency—TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT, or ACT—are accepted (waived if applicant attends English-medium school)
  • Standardized test scores are not required for application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (see below for information about waiving this requirement)
  • Completed online application
  • Application essays: Include all essays in a single document, clearly numbered. Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.
    1. 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.
    2. Select a few of your non-academic or extracurricular experiences and explain how these activities supplement your academic and personal growth.
    3. Non-native English speakers only: Describe your English educational background and experience.
  • High school transcripts (official or unofficial transcripts are accepted): 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 or junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to mail or email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail or email.
  • One letter of recommendation: This letter may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred), or mailed or emailed to our office. For electronic submissions through the application system, just enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.
  • Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency–TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT, or ACT—are accepted (see below for information about waiving this requirement)
  • Standardized test scores are not required for application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (see below for information about waiving this requirement)
  • Completed online application
  • Application essays: Include all essays in a single document, clearly numbered. Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.
    1. 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.
    2. Select a few of your non-academic or extracurricular experiences and explain how these activities supplement your academic and personal growth.
    3. Non-native English speakers only: Describe your English educational background and experience.
  • High school transcripts (official or unofficial transcripts are accepted): 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 or junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to mail or email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail or email.
  • One letter of recommendation: This letter may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred), or mailed or emailed to our office. For electronic submissions through the application system, just enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.
  • Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency–TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT, or ACT—are accepted (see below for information about waiving this requirement)
  • Standardized test scores are not required for application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (see below for information about waiving this requirement)
  • Completed online application
  • Application essays: Include all essays in a single document, clearly numbered. Individual essays should not exceed 400 words.
    1. Describe your recent educational history (past 3-4 years) and background and address whether your transcripts accurately reflect your academic ability. Feel free to describe non-academic or extra-curricular experiences that strengthen your application, such as volunteer work, employment, sports teams, high school clubs and travel.
    2. Briefly, describe your academic and personal goals and how these may be furthered by study in the Young Scholars Program at Penn. Feel free to discuss a specific academic topic you enjoy studying and explain.
  • High school transcripts (official or unofficial transcripts are accepted): 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 or junior high school transcripts in addition. If you choose to mail or email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail or email.
  • Two letters of recommendation: These letters may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred), or mailed or emailed to our office. For electronic submissions through the application system, just enter the name and email address of the recommendation providers into the system and our division will contact them with submission instructions.
  • Non-native English speakers: Test scores verifying English proficiency—TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, PSAT or ACT—are accepted (waived if applicant attends English-medium school for 2+ years)
  • Standardized test scores are not required for application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to upload a copy of your PSAT, SAT, or ACT test scores report directly through the application system or email to lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu as attachments.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $75, payable online with credit card (see below for information about waiving this requirement)

How to use the online application

Watch the video below for a step-by-step explanation of how to apply through CollegeNet, our online application. Take note of these specific topics within the video:

  • Using CollegeNet - 0:58 - 2:30
  • Visas and citizenship - 2:35 - 3:28
  • Program information page - 3:30 - 4:05
  • Academic background and transcripts - 4:15 - 4:50
  • Standardized tests - 4:55 - 6:00
  • Letters of recommendation - 6:02 - 6:40

If you're having trouble watching this video, you can view it on YouTube.

Submissions

Applications may only be submitted through our online application system. Additional materials (such as transcripts) can be submitted by mail or email.

Penn Summer High School Programs
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA
19104-3335
lps-admissions@sas.upenn.edu

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. Pass/Fail grades are acceptable; however, we may request additional documentation for the Admissions Committee review. In addition, if you choose to mail or email a copy of your transcripts, please upload a document into the application system stating your materials have been sent by mail/email.

Letters of recommendation

One letter of recommendation is required for Penn Summer Academy and Penn Pre-College Program applications. Two letters are required for the Young Scholars Program. These may be submitted electronically through the application system (preferred) or mailed/emailed to our office. 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 application. If you believe submitting test scores will benefit your application, feel free to 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 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, Duolingo English Test (DET), 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. The minimum Duolingo English Test (DET) score required for admission is 120. 

Application fee waiver

Any applicant from the School District of Philadelphia who attends a public or charter school or one of the following organizations is eligible for an application fee waiver. Applicants indicating that they are from the School District of Philadelphia will automatically have the application fee waived.

Applicants from one of the eligible organizations below will need to secure a fee-waiver code. To do so, 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
  • Philadelphia Futures
  • Right Angle Foundation
  • Schuler Scholars Foundation