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Admissions and Eligibility

The Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program is designed for individuals who have studied through the intermediate level in both Greek and Latin. The majority of our students have received their undergraduate degree within the last two years. However, we welcome qualified returning students as long as they have the necessary language background.

Entering students generally have had two years (four semesters) of college-level Greek and two years of college-level Latin, or have reached the equivalent level through intensive language programs. Four semesters of college-level language include a year of grammar and vocabulary and a year of translation classes, usually one semester of prose and one semester of poetry. Students with less language experience may be accepted into the program; however, we generally do not accept anyone who has not started at least one of the languages.

Your application to the program will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate academic record at an accredited college or university
  • Career objectives and reasons for choosing the Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program at Penn
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if applicable

See Application Overview for specific requirements.

COVID-19 and admissions reviews 

Recognizing the challenges of teaching, learning, and assessing academic performance during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Penn’s admissions committees for graduate and professional programs will take the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 into account when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials as part of their regular practice of performing individualized, holistic reviews of each applicant. In particular, as we review applications now and in the future, we will respect decisions regarding the adoption of Pass/Fail and other grading options during the period of COVID-19 disruptions. An applicant will not be adversely affected in the admissions process if their academic institution implemented a mandatory pass/fail (or similar) system for the term or if the applicant chose to participate in an optional pass/fail (or similar) system for the term. Penn’s longstanding commitment remains to admit graduate and professional student cohorts composed of outstanding individuals who demonstrate the resilience and aptitude to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Application and deadlines

The application deadline for fall 2022 is April 15, 2022, with rolling admissions thereafter.

The first step toward entering the Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program at Penn is completing the online application.

New Classical Studies Post-Baccalaureate Program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. We consider applications submitted by the deadline first, and after that, we will consider applications as they arrive, on a first-come, first-served basis, until the program is full.

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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.

Celebrating student success

Our students have gone on to study at some of the finest classics, archaeology, and ancient history graduate programs in the world.