Getting started for admitted summer students

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to our summer programs!

Should you decide to join us this summer, the following list will guide you through the necessary steps to prepare for your Penn experience. This information is for students accepted to Summer Academies, Penn Summer Prep, and the Pre-College Programs.

To accept our offer of admission, access the Decision Form located within your Penn Application Portal and answer a few short questions. Please enter your US social security number into the Decision Form, as this is a necessary field for the creation of your student record. If you are an international student or do not have a social security number, please leave the SSN field blank. Once you’ve submitted the Decision Form, you will be contacted by a member of our Student Records team with a Penn assigned number.

If you will not be enrolling with us this summer, access the Decision Form within your Application Portal and decline the offer of admission.

A PennKey is a username and password combination you create to access a variety of Penn online systems, including the University Wi-Fi, library resources, and transcripts, if applicable. Starting sometime after March 15, 2022, you should receive a setup code necessary to create a PennKey within 5-7 days of submitting your Decision Form. The setup code is sent via email from and often ends up in junk or spam folders. A PennKey and password are VERY difficult to retrieve if lost, so please write them down somewhere.

Additional PennKey resources are available on the PennKey Support website.

All Penn summer high school students are required to set up a Penn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) email address, as this is how instructors/faculty will communicate with you. A PennKey is required to set up an email address. To set up your email address, please visit Getting Started with SAS Student Email.

All students enrolled in the Pre-College Programs or Penn Summer Prep Program will be given instructions once they have accepted, deposited, and completed the enrollment forms with Summer Discovery. Only students who have submitted a deposit are eligible to register for classes or modules. As such, it is imperative students remit their deposit as soon as possible to ensure placement within their desired courses or modules. Registration begins for Pre-College Programs and Penn Summer Prep after April 15.

All course registrations are due by May 23, 2022.

Summer Discovery Programs

The University of Pennsylvania has contracted Summer Discovery Programs to aid in all community building and engagement portions of our summer high school programs. Additionally, they handle many administrative details, including:

  • Health forms
  • Social activities
  • Mentoring