On Campus ADMISSION
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Wharton who were not admitted to BFS during the freshman admissions process may apply to the program by May 15th of their freshman year.
The application requires a brief, thoughtful essay, two faculty recommendations, and an unofficial copy of your Penn transcript printed as a pdf from Penn InTouch.
Students are strongly encouraged to take one or two Benjamin Franklin Seminars before applying. Applications to the program are evaluated by your home school's program and admission is based on intellectual interest and ability as demonstrated by the essays, coursework, and faculty recommendations.
In addition, you must secure two letters of recommendation to support your application, at least one of which must be from a standing faculty member at Penn (not a lecturer, adjunct professor, emeritus professor, or practice professor). It is your responsibility that both letters be submitted to CURF no later than 4:00 PM on May 15. Information for faculty about this letter of recommendation can be found here. Candidates should complete the Recommendation Request Form and select "Benjamin Franklin Scholars On-Campus Admission" from the drop-down menu to request a Letter of Recommendation.
Candidates may submit applications at any time; they will be read by the Faculty Admissions Committee after May 15th. Candidates will be notified by July 1.
Students admitted to the program must take at least three BFS seminars before graduation. All BFS Seminars must be taken for a grade.
Single Degree College students accepted into BFS through this process are required to enroll in the 4 credit Integrated Studies courses (INTG 001 in the Fall, INTG 002 in the Spring) during their sophomore year.