receive credit for the course. Upon receipt of the transcript and the proper transfer credit forms, the home School will enter the course(s) and grade(s) onto the body of the Penn transcript. Grades are calculated into the Penn GPA.  Consortium agreements do not apply to summer school (which is treated as credit away) or to full-time study at Quaker Consortium schools (which must be done on a leave of absence from Penn; therefore, the courses would not be transferable and tuition would be paid to the other institution).
PennAdvance is an online learning opportunity that allows qualified students to earn credit for Penn courses through their home computer.  PennAdvance courses are completely Internet-based, with communication, learning tools, and academic resources available 24 hours a day through a course website.  Class sessions include live lecture and discussion delivered with real-time video and chat.  Between classes, the learning experience is extended through office hours, threaded discussions, and pre-recorded videos.  Recent offerings have included courses in Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, and Mathematics, and have been taught by some of Penn’s most innovative instructors.  College students, adult students, and academically talented high school students from the United States and beyond take PennAdvance online.  Detailed course descriptions and schedules, instructor biographies, and information about technical requirements and technical support are provided online at www.advance.upenn.edu.
Undergraduate Research
As a major research institution, Penn provides diverse opportunities for undergraduate students to perform research. Students can enhance their educational experiences and critical thinking abilities by taking advantage of these resources. Research skills can help prepare students for graduate school and future employment. For these reasons, the University encourages research in all fields of study. The options described below provide some starting points for undergraduates interested in exploring research opportunities.
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF)
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) seeks to provide information, advice, resources, and encouragement for all undergraduates at Penn seeking a research experience to supplement their classroom education. Penn fosters students’ individual research initiatives and encourages all undergraduates to seek fellowships to continue their scholarship at the graduate level. CURF includes within it the University Scholars program, for students pursuing a high level of independent research and course work; the Benjamin
Franklin Scholars program, for academically creative students working at a high level of excellence; and a fellowship center. It also sponsors a research directory and several sources of funding for undergraduate research. CURF hosts many research presentations by student groups such as the University Scholars, McNair Scholars and Fontaine Scholars.  CURF maintains an online searchable database of University faculty members who wish to sponsor undergraduates in research and also administers several grants that aid undergraduates in their research endeavors. CURF provides a website with links to all pertinent information at www.upenn.edu/curf.
The Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program
The Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) program exists to encourage the highest level of scholarship from its students. Benjamin Franklin Scholars are expected to take charge of the whole of their education and to take academic risks.  The BFS program offers three main avenues to support this active learning: advising, research, and Benjamin Franklin seminars. Benjamin Franklin Scholars are strongly encouraged to continue their studies after their undergraduate careers come to a close. After graduation, many BFS students obtain grants for independent research and scholarships for graduate study. There is an informal network of nearly 4,000 BFS alumni.
Some students are selected for the BFS program based on their initial application for admission to the University. This selection is based on high school records, overall excellence of the Penn application and other signs of serious academic interests.  Intellectually ambitious students already on campus are also strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted after students have been at Penn for one semester, up to the end of their sophomore year. More information is available at www.upenn.edu/curf/bfs/admission.html.  Students planning to apply to the program are strongly advised to take one or more BFS seminars in advance of this application.
Benjamin Franklin Seminars
Approximately 50-60 Benjamin Franklin seminars are offered each year. These small courses are challenging seminars with a focus on research and readings from primary sources.  Students who are members of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars program (see above) have automatic access to the seminars, but some spots in each course are open to all undergraduates. A current list is available online at www.upenn.edu/curf/bfs/courses.html.  The Benjamin Franklin Scholars program is part of CURF (The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships), 3601 Locust Walk, 2nd floor.