Pre-Health Programs application deadlines
You may apply to begin the Specialized Studies program during the fall, spring or summer terms, and the Core Studies program during the fall or summer terms. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadlines:
|Spring 2021||November 1, 2020|
|Summer 2021||April 1, 2021|
February 15, 2021: Early Decision Deadline
June 1, 2021: Regular Decision Deadline
You may experience delays in the processing and review of your application due to the COVID-19 virus. We will work with any applicant who is missing documents due to testing delays and closings. Our team may be reached Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please contact us if you have questions at (215) 746-6905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application materials checklist
Since all required supporting documents are submitted through the online application system, hardcopy material other than official transcripts or letters of recommendation will not be accepted.* Please urge your recommenders to submit their letters through the online system. Please note that all application materials become the property of the University of Pennsylvania and will not be returned. Remember to retain a personal copy of your application.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and remote work assignments, to complete your application file, please submit all supporting admissions documents electronically to email@example.com. PDF or JPG files/documents are acceptable. Admissions documents sent by mail or courier service will be processed periodically by the LPS Admissions Office staff due to limited in-office hours.
*Unsolicited material will not be used for review.
Applications must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:
- Completed online application
- Current résumé
- Nonrefundable application fee
- Application essays, listed below
- Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system
- Applicable standardized test scores (details below)
- Letters of recommendation (details below)
- Copy of verified professional school application, such as AMCAS and/or AACOMAS, if you have previously applied to medical school
- Calculated GPA for science courses, including biology, chemistry, math and physics. For help calculating your GPA, visit GPAcalculator.net
After a complete application is received and reviewed, candidates under serious consideration are invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee on campus or remotely. Admissions decisions are generally made within two weeks of the interview.
Pre-Health Programs application essays
Your application will include essays addressing several topics. Responses should not exceed four pages in length for all the questions combined. (Please compile your responses into a single document, but keep them as separate essays.)
- In 400 words or less, describe the path that brought you to your current interest in the health professions. Give a brief personal history, describing your previous career (or career goals), explaining why you have decided to pursue professional training in the healthcare field. This should include a description of previous experience in healthcare; please be specific about the amount of time spent (either paid or volunteer).
- In 250 words or less, describe any experience you have, either paid or volunteer or observational, which is relevant to health research or the provision of healthcare services. Please be specific about the amount of time you devoted to each activity.
- In 150 words or less, please explain if you believe your transcripts and other records do not present an accurate picture of your ability.
- In 150 words or less: Is there other information about yourself that you consider important that has not been covered in the previous questions?
- Please list the college-level science courses you have completed, noting grades earned for each course. To calculate your GPA for biology, chemistry, math and physics courses, visit GPAcalculator.net.
- Please list the college-level social and behavioral science courses you have completed, noting the grade earned for each course.
Letters of recommendation
Each applicant will submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to enter a Pre-Health Program. If you have a Premedical or Pre-Dental Committee Evaluation, it must be submitted with your application. A Committee Evaluation letter will fulfill the minimum requirement for the letters of recommendation, though you may submit additional letters as a supplement if you wish.
Recommendations may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.
To submit recommendations through Interfolio, indicate that the letter(s) will be sent “offline” within the application. Request that Interfolio email the letter(s) to our admissions office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standardized test scores
Standardized test scores are required of all Pre-Health Programs applicants**:
- If you have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or the Dental Admission Test (DAT), you must submit these scores.
- If you have not taken the MCAT or the DAT, you will need to provide a score report for the SAT, ACT or Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Your SAT scores may be sent from the College Board using the institutional code 2986. Official SAT scores printed on an official high school transcript are also acceptable.
Your ACT scores may be photocopied and mailed or faxed to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies office. ACT scores printed on an official high school transcript are also acceptable.
Your GRE scores should be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986.
A strong command of the English language is necessary for successful study at Penn. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. Please note that the TOEFL is rarely waived; therefore, we encourage applicants to take the test to avoid delays in completing the application. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also accepted and the minimum score for consideration is a 7. You may upload a copy of your IELTS test to the standardized test score section of the application.
Flexibility for international applicants: We recognize that there may be limited testing opportunities for the GRE, GMAT, IELTS, and TOEFL exams in your home country and some applicants will not be able to report scores by the application deadline. If this pertains to you, we encourage you to complete the application to the best of your ability and to include a supplemental statement that explains your circumstances. Your information will be provided to the appropriate admissions committee and your admissions decision will be based on the materials available at the time of review. Please note, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies is accepting at-home GRE and TOEFL test scores and the IELTS Indicator exam scores through the 2020-2021 admissions year. Please visit the specific standardized testing websites for exam options in your home country.
Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.
** Note to applicants: The default test score in the application system is the GRE. If you are supplying other accepted test scores, your application may appear incomplete. When the admissions office receives your test score(s), your record will be updated and that requirement will be satisfied.
International transcripts from institutions outside the United States
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the US are required to have a course-by-course credential evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) performed by an outside evaluation service. Credential evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The following two evaluation services are acceptable:
CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service: Applicants from international institutions are encouraged to use the CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides certified documents and course evaluations which are then included as part of your application materials. If using this service, Penn requires the “Evaluation” service at a cost of $190.
World Education Services Inc. (WES): WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.
Please note that these services charge a fee for the evaluation.
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