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Does Penn have any programs for high schoolers?

Dear Benny,
I’ve been a faculty member at Penn for nearly 20 years now. For as long as I can remember, my daughter has loved visiting campus, whether perusing the Penn Bookstore, taking a stroll down Locust Walk, or grabbing a bite to eat with me among all of the students in Houston Hall. Now that she’s a junior in high school and is starting to think about where she’ll attend college, are there any ways for her to get involved in the academics side of Penn as a high school student?
—Proud Parent

Dear Proud Parent,
As you’re well aware as a faculty member, Penn is home to extraordinary academic resources, which the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) provides to Philadelphia high school students.

LPS offers two ways that high school students can get involved academically at Penn, each designed to inspire great achievements and new explorations, and offer important preparation for college-level academics.

The Young Scholars Program allows outstanding juniors and seniors attending a local high school to take college courses for full credit. Students can pursue disciplines beyond the level offered in secondary schools, get a head start on college requirements, or explore a brand-new field.

Those attending Philadelphia public and charter schools are eligible for tuition-free participation in the program. Admitted students will be able to take one course in the fall and spring semesters tuition-free.

The University also offers Penn Summer High School Programs, available to both local students and those visiting from around the world. Penn Summer offers a number of summer academies, individual college courses, and a variety of interest-specific programs such as Penn Girls in Engineering, Math & Science and Teen Research and Education in Environmental Studies.

For more information about admissions and eligibility guidelines, visit the LPS website.