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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.

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
Fall 2022 August 1, 2022
Spring 2023 December 15, 2022
Summer 2023 May 1, 2023

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.

Post-Baccalaureate information session

Meet the program staff as they explore this unique and customizable program, and review details around how to apply.

Student stories

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