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Penn Summer Prep

Penn Summer Prep
Tentative online dates Tentative on-campus dates
Session A: July 6 - July 16, 2021 Session A: July 12 - July 22, 2021
Session B: July 20 - July 30, 2021 Session B: July 26 - August 5, 2021
Session C: August 3 - August 13, 2021 Session C is remote only

Applications open on December 1, 2020.

Residential Commuter

Residential and commuter options (if in-person)

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.

The Penn Summer Prep Program has traditionally been an on-campus, in-person experience. Because of COVID-19, the program was delivered entirely online during the summer of 2020, with great success! No decisions regarding delivery (on-campus or online) have been made yet about the summer of 2021.


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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