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

Penn Summer High School Programs

Penn delivers the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum to academically talented high school students seeking a pre-collegiate experience. Students engage with leading faculty and build intellectual connections within accelerated two-, three-, or six-week Penn Summer High School Programs.

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

To keep our students safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Penn Arts and Sciences staff is dedicated to making our 2021 high-quality programs available this summer—completely online.


More details about our summer 2022 programs will be available here this fall. Applications for Penn Summer High School Programs open on December 1, 2021.

Penn Summer Prep Program

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 Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade students
International studentsInternational students welcome
Financial AidFinancial aid for select Philadelphia students
The two-week program offers non-credit, immersive study in disciplines across the sciences, arts, and humanities. Students choose two modules to focus their studies and benefit from the University’s rich educational resources.
Penn Summer Academies

July 1 - July 23, 2021

Courses offered online Courses offered online
Non-credit program Non-credit program
Eligibility Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade students
International studentsInternational students welcome
Financial AidFinancial aid for select Philadelphia students
For three intensive weeks, these non-credit academies encourage students to dive deep into exploratory research in a specific subject area, including American Sign Language, biomedical research, chemistry, experimental physics, mathematics, neuroscience, and social justice.
Penn Summer Coding Camp

Session 1: June 14 - July 2, 2021
Session 2: July 19 - August 6, 2021

Online Courses offered online
Non-credit program Non-credit program
Eligibility Eligibility: Current 9th-12th grade students
For three weeks, this non-credit online program formally introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to explore the field of computer programming.
Penn Summer Data Analytics Camp

Session 1: June 14 - July 2, 2021
Session 2: July 19 - August 6, 2021

Online Courses offered online
Non-credit program Non-credit program
Eligibility Eligibility: Current 9th-12th grade students
For three weeks, this online non-credit online program formally introduces students to Tableau and Python and reviews the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to explore the field of data analysis and visualization.
Pre-College Program

July 1 - August 6, 2021

Courses offered online Courses offered online
Credit offered Undergraduate credit offered
Eligibility 10-11th grade Eligibility: Current 10th-11th grade students
International studentsInternational students welcome
The Pre-College Program offers undergraduate courses in a wide array of disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Academic advising, access to University learning resources, and college admission workshops are also provided.
Young Scholars Program

Session I: May 24 - June 30, 2021
Session II: July 1 - August 6, 2021

Courses offered online Courses offered online
Credit offered Undergraduate credit offered
Eligibility 10-11th grade Eligibility: Current 10th-11th grade students
Philadelphia-area high school students can enroll in six-week, for-credit courses alongside Penn undergraduates, offering a challenging liberal arts university experience as well as college credit.