Applying to Penn
The college application process is a meaningful journey that encourages students to reflect on themselves, their community, and their interests. Your voice matters, and we can’t wait to hear your story.
When applying to Penn, undergraduates are asked to choose one of the University’s four undergraduate schools (the College, Wharton, Penn Engineering, or Penn Nursing), or a coordinated dual-degree, accelerated, or specialized program that will serve as home base throughout their academic journey. All admitted students will be admitted to the specific school or program for which they applied.
Penn accepts the Common Application and Coalition Application. There is no preference for either format and both applications are treated equally in Penn’s process. Penn is also a proud QuestBridge partner institution.
As with first-year admissions, the Common Application and Coalition Application are accepted for those wishing to transfer to Penn, and the use of the following resources are encouraged: Checklist and Deadlines, Curricular Requirements, Eligibility Guidelines, Transfer Credit.
Penn’s graduate and professional programs are housed in 12 schools on one campus. Each graduate program has a separate admissions process. Applicants apply directly to the program of interest. All questions about the admissions process should be directed to the program of interest.
Penn does not have a central Office of Graduate Admissions. All questions about the admissions process should be directed to your academic program of interest.
Grant-based Financial Aid
The cornerstone of Penn’s initiative to increase access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds is its grant-based financial aid program. Since 2004, the University has awarded $2.6 billion in undergraduate aid to more than 24,000 students. Forty-five percent of traditional undergraduate students received grant-based financial aid in 2021-22. Ongoing gifts from generous alumni and supporters are expanding Penn’s robust undergraduate grant-based financial aid program and growing graduate and professional student aid to minimize the burden of debt.Penn's All-Grant Policy
Talking admissions with Whitney Soule
As vice provost and dean of admissions, Soule is challenged daily with thinking strategically about undergraduate enrollment at Penn—from recruitment to application processes and all that goes into admitting a class, to how financial aid and retention fits into the mix.