Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Summer high school programs with Summer Discovery

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 SAS High School Summer Programs.

Penn SAS High School Programs has partnered with Summer Discovery for over 10 years. Summer Discovery oversees all community-building aspects of the summer programming, including student supervision, student activities, and ensuring the health and safety of all students throughout while participating in Penn’s programs. The University of Pennsylvania manages all academic programming, including the application process, advising, and course enrollment.

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 Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

Applications for summer 2023 will open on December 1, 2022. 

Get more details about Penn SAS High School Summer Programs:

Summer Academies

Summer Academies

July 9 - July 29, 2023

  • Residential/in-person options
  • Non-credit program
  • Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade students
  • International students welcome
  • Financial 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, global culture and communication, mathematics, neuroscience, and social justice.

Learn about Summer Academies »

Pre-College Programs

Pre-College Programs

June 27 - August 5, 2023

  • Residential program or fully online program
  • Undergraduate credit offered
  • Eligibility: Current 10th-11th grade students
  • International students welcome

The Pre-College Programs offer undergraduate courses in a wide array of disciplines taught by Penn faculty, staff, and visiting scholars. Students can enroll in the Pre-College Residential Program for the full campus experience or enroll in the Pre-College Online Program from anywhere in the world.

Learn about the Pre-College Programs »

Penn Summer Prep Program

Penn Summer Prep Program

Dates: July 9 - July 22, 2023

  • Residential/in-person options
  • Courses offered on campus
  • Non-credit program
  • Eligibility: Current 9th-11th grade students
  • International students welcome
  • Financial 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.

Learn about Penn Summer Prep »

Summer Coding Camps with iD Tech

Penn SAS High School Programs offers summer Coding Camps that have been developed by iD Tech and approved by Penn faculty. Students can learn to code with Python, C++, and C#. Camps are also offered in the fall and spring!

Get more details about our Summer Coding Camps

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