Classical Studies

Classical Studies

The most established program of its kind in the world, offering Ivy League preparation in Greek and Latin

Prepare for graduate-level studies in classical studies, archaeology, ancient history or related fields with Penn’s Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program. We offer Ivy League preparation in Greek and Latin to equip you for the post-secondary school application process and beyond. Our program is the oldest of its kind in the world and draws on Penn’s resources—a leading Classical Studies Department, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, and the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts—to prepare you to become a competitive candidate.

Our flexible program focuses on immersive, full-time study in residence for two semesters, during which you may choose Greek and Latin classes at a variety of levels. You may enroll in the program for up to four semesters, depending on your needs and developing interests.  You are assigned to a dedicated faculty advisor who works closely with you to ensure you’re taking the best classes for your needs and connects you to important resources both inside and outside of the University. Penn’s Classical Studies department fosters a close community of scholars and professors and opens the doors to the ancient world.

Pursue your passion for the classics

Learn how Penn’s Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program can help you reach your academic goals. Our program director, faculty director, and recent post-baccalaureate students share their insight about the program and how to make the most of coursework and resources.

Fast facts


Upcoming application deadline

The application deadline for fall 2024 is April 15, 2024, with rolling admissions thereafter.

Penn's wealth of resources

Students have access to scholarly and career resources, including colloquia, department special events, and mentoring.


Four certificate options are offered in recognition of students' academic accomplishments in the program.

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