On Campus ADMISSION
Students who have already arrived at Penn and were not admitted to BFS during the admissions process may apply to the program by May 15th of their Freshman year.
The application for second semester freshmen requires two brief, thoughtful essays, two faculty recommendations, and copies of college and high school transcripts. Please click the link below for the application form.
Students are strongly encouraged to take one or two Benjamin Franklin Seminars before applying. Applications to the program are evaluated based on intellectual interest and ability as demonstrated by the essays, coursework, and faculty recommendations. For more information, email or call 215-746-6488.
Candidates may submit applications at any time; they will be read by the Faculty Admissions Committee after May 15th. Students will be notified by the end of June.
Students admitted to the program in their Freshman year must take at least three BFS seminars before graduation. All courses must be taken for a grade. BENF 099 Independent study does not count as a Benjamin Franklin Seminar. Applicants who plan to spend a semester or year abroad should include their plan for satisfying the seminar requirement. Single Degree College students are expected to enroll in the 4 credit Integrated Studies courses (INTG 001 in the fall, INTG 002 in the Spring) during their sophomore year.