Bachelor of Arts

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies is no longer enrolling new students into the LPS Bachelor of Arts program. Instead, we welcome you to learn more about our flexible Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program, offered by Penn LPS Online—an online liberal arts education, built with career enhancement in mind.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences >

Student resources

If you are a continuing BA student, please find policies, procedures, curriculum requirements, and resources in the BA Student Handbook (PDF).

Please visit the LPS Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.


As you continue your Bachelor of Arts studies at LPS, refer to the following forms as needed:

Tuition and Fees

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate* based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. 

Bachelor of Arts students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are charged LPS tuition rates for all Undergraduate courses.

The rates listed below will be effective summer 2024 through spring 2025. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Summer 2024 Tuition and Fee Rates

Tuition (per c.u.) General Fee (per semester)*
$3,890 $448

Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,890 $376 $116 N/A $4,382
2 $7,780 $752 $232 N/A $8,764
3 $11,670 $1,128 $348 N/A $13,146
4 $15,560 $3,066 $464 $358 $19,448

*Please note that the general fee is charged per semester in summer and per c.u. in fall/spring.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring. In summer, LPS courses end with section codes of 900 to 909. Online courses carry an additional $150 fee.

Tuition for Penn LPS Online courses taken by Bachelor of Arts students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

Students enrolled in courses through Penn LPS Online should refer to the Penn LPS Online academic calendar for important dates and deadlines.

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee Total
1 $2,424 $360 $2,784
2 $4,848 $720 $5,568
3 $7,272 $1,080 $8,352
4 $9,696 $2,948 $12,644

Fee definitions

  • General fee: A general fee is assessed to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and directly funds Penn's non-instructional student support services. The general fee for full-time students provides them with full access to a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support, and much more.
  • Technology fee: This fee assists with the cost of computer labs and technological services.
  • Clinical fee: This mandatory fee is assessed to all students and supports Penn Wellness services, including Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs.

Contact Us

Bachelor of Arts
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Tel: (215) 898-7326
Fax: (215) 573-2053

Program Director
Kathy L. Urban, Director, Undergraduate programs
LPS veterans and active military undergraduate contact

To schedule an appointment with a member of the program team, please call (215) 898-7326 or email

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.