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Penn Summer Prep

Penn Summer Prep

Applications for 2021 programs are now closed. Applications for 2022 summer programs open on December 1, 2021.

Online dates
Session A: July 6 - July 16, 2021
Session B: July 20 - July 30, 2021
Session C: August 3 - August 13, 2021

Courses offered online

Courses offered online

Non-credit program

Non-credit program


Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade students

International students

International students welcome

Financial Aid

Financial aid for select Philadelphia students

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend Penn Summer Prep free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

Explore Penn’s broad liberal arts and sciences curriculum within a dynamic Ivy League learning environment

The Penn Summer Prep Program allows ambitious students to enroll in two undergraduate-level modules from across disciplines while benefiting from the rich educational resources of the University. Students can also experience college life on Penn’s historic campus and explore the vibrant city of Philadelphia.

To keep our students safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Penn Arts and Sciences staff is dedicated to making our high-quality programs available this summer—completely online.


Choose modules from across the humanities and STEM: Once admitted into the Penn Summer Prep Program, students select two modules within Session A, Session B, or Session C. Each student must select one morning module and one afternoon module from the same session. In addition to class time, students should be prepared to complete readings, group activities, or other coursework outside of the classroom. View recent or upcoming topics on the Modules page.

Set yourself up for success: Modules are designed to engage students as critical thinkers and global citizens, and to hone analytical skills necessary for sustained academic growth. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded a Certificate of Completion and may request letters of recommendation from their Penn instructors.

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Module registration for admitted students

Once admitted and deposited, students can begin the module registration process. Read more below for details and deadline.

Download the Module Registration Form (PDF)

Before registering for modules, students must submit a financial deposit of $2,000 and must have also set up their PennKey, Penn SAS email, and two-factor authentication (Duo Mobile). Students are registered in the order in which they deposit. Registration begins April 1. Students should submit their Module Registration Form within two weeks of depositing and no later than May 24 for Session A, May 31 for Session B, and June 7 for Session C.

We ask that students choose one first choice module and two alternates for the morning and afternoon time slots. Module descriptions include any pertinent information about the module and a daily schedule. Students enroll in one morning module and one afternoon module within the same session. Waitlists for modules are not maintained, but students may be able to change their modules during the first two days of the session.

Completed Module Registration Forms can be sent to for processing. Please allow two weeks from the date of submission for registration confirmation. After that time, students can confirm their module registration via Penn InTouch. Instructors will be in touch with students prior to the first day of the module with any necessary information.

The modules are academically rigorous. There is nightly reading assigned for some modules and some modules have on-going projects or assignments. However, the program is not graded. Students should expect to spend about 3-5 hours a week on assignments or reading outside of class time.