Broad and Deep Academic Exploration

Anchored in the arts and sciences and enriched by the integrated resources of four undergraduate and 12 graduate schools on the same campus, a Penn education is intellectually dynamic and purposeful. Located in Philadelphia, Penn’s world-class faculty facilitates research, exploration and service learning as tools for positive change.

All Penn students have the ability to cross academic boundaries within their school, but also have the flexibility to take courses, integrate ideas, and conduct research across Penn’s entire academic ecosystem. With close faculty advising, students create their own academic journey that meets their intellectual interests and goals. Regardless of the academic path they chose, graduates find success in a wide variety of fields that enable them to positively impact the world.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College is the heart of the academic experience at Penn. An integrated curriculum spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences encourages guided exploration and intellectual risk-taking early on, allowing students to study across academic disciplines before choosing an area of focus in one of more than 50 majors.

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Penn Engineering offers an innovative and flexible curriculum combining fundamental science with groundbreaking research, leadership development, and professional practice. Students choose from among 14 majors, four interdisciplinary minors, and three dual-degree programs.

School of Nursing

Penn Nursing offers unmatched opportunities to pursue interests in advanced practice nursing at the highest level. The integrated undergraduate curriculum combines hands-on clinical training within the framework of a broader liberal arts and sciences education, ensuring that you will have the skills to be a leader in healthcare delivery.

Wharton School of Business

Wharton offers a comprehensive undergraduate business program alongside extensive study in the liberal arts and sciences, allowing students to pursue highly customized business degrees. Choosing between more than 20 concentrations students bring inspired business solutions to nonprofit, art, science, medical, or traditional business contexts.



Application Deadlines

Early Decision

For applicants who have decided that the University of Pennsylvania is their first choice and who agree to matriculate if accepted, we encourage application under our Early Decision agreement.

Application Due:  November 1
Decision by:  Mid-December
Student Reply Due:  Early January

Regular Decision

For applicants who have decided that the University of Pennsylvania should be on their college list, we encourage application under our Regular Decision plan.

Application Due:  January 5
Decision by:  April 1
Student Reply Due:  May 1


For applicants who are looking to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania, please click here for deadlines and application requirements.

Required Application Materials

There are three ways to apply to Penn for first-year admission:

  • The Coalition Application with the Penn-specific essay
  • The Common Application with the Penn Writing Supplement
  • The QuestBridge Application with the Penn Supplement

Students may apply to Penn using any of these applications and there is no preference given to which application students use. Students should submit only one application per admissions cycle. For more detailed information on applying to Penn go to,

  • High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • One Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
    One Teacher Recommendation and One Other Recommendation
  • Standardized Testing (Optional for 2021-2022 admissions cycle)
  • Mid-Year Report
  • $75 application fee or fee waiver

To review the full application checklist, go to

Grant-Based Financial Aid

Penn opens its doors to the world's most promising minds by practicing need-blind admissions for citizens and permanent residents of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, which means admissions decisions are not affected by a family's ability to pay tuition and other costs. Penn meets 100 percent of demonstrated need of all admitted undergraduate students for four years, providing aid packages that include grant money – money that does not need to be repaid to the institution – and a work-study job.

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