Summer Programs FAQ

Summer Programs FAQ

Summer Programs FAQ

General program questions

Only students attending the Pre-College Programs and Young Scholars Program earn college credit and a corresponding University of Pennsylvania transcript.

For information on applications, courses, and payments, please contact the Penn Summer team at or Summer Discovery at

Penn Summer 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 online programs. The University of Pennsylvania manages all academic programming, including the application process, advising, and course enrollment.

Admission to Penn is highly competitive and based upon a variety of factors. Penn SAS High School Programs are a great addition to any resume and, combined with a strong high school record, will provide undergraduate admissions officers with information regarding a student’s academic potential. However, admission to Penn SAS High School Programs does not guarantee admission to a Penn undergraduate program.

Tuition and fee bills will come out starting in mid- to late-May 2022.

Tuition benefits do not apply to high school summer programs, but there are some scholarships available to students who attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school.


All applicants who submit a completed application by the priority deadline of January 31 receive an admission decision on February 24. Applications submitted or completed after January 31 are reviewed on a rolling basis, and admission decisions will be posted to online application accounts beginning March 13.

Confirming your enrollment to your academic program of choice and paying the non-refundable $1,500 financial deposit is the only way to formally reserve your spot within the program. Seats for programs are held on a first come first serve basis.

At this time, the University only provides scholarships to students from the School District of Philadelphia. All other students requiring financial assistance to attend a Penn summer program are encouraged to seek out external sources of funding from educational agencies or scholarship groups.

International students

The application deadline for international students applying to summer programs is March 31. See the Application Information page for more details.

Non-native English speakers must submit a test score to verify English language proficiency unless they attend an English-medium school, in which case this requirement is waived. For the Pre-College Programs and Young Scholars programs, a student must attend an English-medium school for 2+ years by the time of enrollment for the requirement to be waived.

If scores are required, a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test (DET), PSAT, SAT, or ACT score is accepted. Copies of score reports may be uploaded to the application system or emailed to as attachments. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), or 600 (PBT). The IELTS score required for admissions consideration is a 7. The minimum Duolingo English Test (DET) score required for admission is 120.

An F1 Student Visa is required only for the Pre-College Residential Program. Please be aware that the Penn Summer Prep and Penn Summer Academy programs are taken on a non-credit basis and are therefore ineligible for student visa sponsorship through the University. International students wishing to enroll in these programs will need to secure the necessary tourist visa from their home country. No Visa is needed for any program if the program is running virtually.


Course registration begins for Penn Summer Prep and Pre-College Programs students after April 15 for students who have accepted, deposited, and completed their enrollment forms with Summer Discovery. Students will fill out a Qualtrics form for their first-choice preferences as well as alternatives for modules in the Penn Summer Prep Program and for courses in the Pre-College Programs. There is no registration required for Summer Academy students.

Pre-College Programs courses are undergraduate courses taught by University faculty. Program directors for the Summer Academies are faculty members supported by graduate assistants. Penn Summer Prep instructors are graduate teaching assistants in their respective fields.

Students apply to the program, not one specific course. Students are required to choose alternate courses when registering.