BFS in the College is open to single-degree students in the College and starts off with an intensive year-long course called the Integrated Studies Program (ISP), which makes up half of the freshman curriculum. The course sets out broad themes in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and uses the multiple perspectives that different disciplines provide as a way to examine the underlying questions that make each of them tick. BFS in the College is also a residential program. Students accepted to the program are required to live together in Riepe College House in the Quad.
THE BFS SEMINARS
All BFS scholars, including those in the College, take at least three BFS seminars during their time at Penn. You may have semesters in which you take no BFS courses, and others in which you take more than one. Most students find the Benjamin Franklin Seminars to be among their most interesting and intellectually stimulating experiences at Penn. They are pursued as part of the major, or as electives outside the major. They are small classes, usually fewer than 20 students, are designed to be intensive, and give students and faculty the chance to jointly pursue deeper discoveries through discussion and investigation. Most seminars do not have extensive prerequisites; others require some knowledge going in. We design these courses to foster connections to both your peers and to faculty with similar interests to your own, and to stimulate exploration outside your comfort zone. You can find information on the seminars here and/or through PennInTouch.
All incoming freshmen admitted to the College are invited to apply to the program, with the exception of those already pursuing another specialized intensive program at Penn (Vagelos Scholars, Huntsman Program, etc.) Applications are available after April 1 and are due on the same day as Penn’s enrollment confirmation is due (usually May 1).
Please follow this link to apply.