COVID-19 Update: Penn Summer staff are available online or by phone at (215) 898-7326. More Info & Resources >
close alert box button

Getting started for admitted high school students

Welcome to Penn Summer High School Programs, and congratulations on your acceptance!

Should you decide to join us this summer, the following list will guide you through the necessary steps to prepare for your Penn experience.

To accept our offer of admission, access the Decision Form located within your Penn Application Portal and answer a few short questions. Please enter your US social security number into the Decision Form, as this is a necessary field for the creation of your student record. If you are an international student or do not have a social security number, please leave the SSN field blank. Once you’ve submitted the Decision Form, you will be contacted by a member of our Student Records team with a Penn assigned number.

If you will not be enrolling with us this summer, access the Decision Form within your Application Portal and decline the offer of admission.

A PennKey is a username and password combination you create to access a variety of Penn online systems, including the University Wi-Fi, library resources, and transcripts, if applicable. You should receive a setup code necessary to create a PennKey within 5-7 days of submitting your Decision Form. The setup code is sent via email from pennkeysetupcode@lists.upenn.edu and often ends up in junk or spam folders. A PennKey and password are VERY difficult to retrieve if lost, so please write them down somewhere.

Additional PennKey resources are available on the PennKey Support website.

All Penn summer high school students are required to set up a Penn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) email address, as this is how instructors/faculty will communicate with you. A PennKey is required to set up an email address. To set up your email address, please visit: Getting Started with SAS Student Email

Once you have confirmed enrollment with Penn and Summer Discovery, you will receive an invoice outlining tuition and fees for your summer program. The initial invoice is issued by Summer Discovery. 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.

Credit Card payments may be submitted through our Secure Payment Portal.

Please be sure to choose the corresponding program and residential/commuter option. You can then choose to pay the deposit, remainder, or pay in full.

All students enrolled in the PreCollege Program or Penn Summer Prep Program will be given instructions once they are accepted about registering for summer courses or modules. Only students who have submitted a deposit are eligible to register for classes or modules. As such, it is imperative students remit payment as soon as possible to ensure placement within their desired courses or modules. Registration begins for PreCollege and Penn Summer Prep on April 1.

  • Summer Academy program descriptions and sample syllabi are available on our website.
  • Pre-College Program courses may be found in the Pre College Course Guide. Summer course registration opens in late March. Shortly thereafter, you may confirm your course registration by logging into Penn InTouch, the University’s registration system, with your PennKey and password. Penn InTouch accounts should be updated within 7-10 days, so please be patient as content refreshes.
  • Penn Summer Prep Modules may be found in the Penn Summer Prep Module Guide. We continue to add to the roster throughout the spring, so please check the listings periodically for updates.

Summer Discovery Programs

The University of Pennsylvania has contracted Summer Discovery Programs to aid in all community building and engagement portions of our summer high school programs. Additionally, they handle many administrative details, including:

  • Invoicing
  • Health forms
  • Social Activities
  • Mentoring