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Admissions and Eligibility

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies program (Post-Bacc Studies) is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution. Successful applicants to the program should possess at least a 3.0 grade point average in previous academic work.

International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US. Students requiring an F-1 visa must study full-time and can be sponsored for a maximum of two years. If you have any additional questions on visa requirements, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at Penn.

The Post-Baccalaureate Studies Admissions Committee considers each program candidate’s application materials holistically, as part of a selective admissions process. In addition to reviewing your academic record and resume, they will evaluate all of your written application materials as a reflection of your academic writing ability.

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

You may apply to begin Post-Baccalaureate Studies during the fall, spring or summer terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:

Term of Entry Deadline
Spring 2022 December 15, 2021
Summer 2022 May 1, 2022
Fall 2022 August 1, 2022

If you are a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College or Swarthmore College please apply to the "Penn Alumni Program" within the application.

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Personal advising

The LPS team and Post-Bacc staff are here to advise, guide, and coach you through the Penn experience.

Want to know more?

Join us on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, for a virtual information session to hear more about the program, curriculum, and application process.

Student stories

"One of the Post-Baccalaureate program's greatest assets is the sheer number of courses offered in the evening."
- Shenika McAlister