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Dates & Prices

  • 5½ Weeks6/30 - 8/8$10,299Pre-College (1 credit/1 enrichment)
  • 5½ Weeks6/30 - 8/8$12,299Pre-College (Biology/Lab)
  • 5½ Weeks6/30 - 8/8$13,299Pre-College (2 college credit classes)
  • 3 Weeks7/6 - 7/26$7,299Academies; lab fees may apply.
  • 3 Weeks7/7 - 7/25$6,199Day Academies; lab fees may apply.

2014 Dates and Tuition are listed. 2015 Dates and Tuition will be updated soon.

5 1/2 week program open to students completing grades 10 & 11.

3 week program open to students completing grages 9, 10 & 11.

Residential tuition includes: Term fees, academic programs, laundry, use of facilities, housing, 3 meals daily while on campus (2 meals on Sunday, no meals Saturday), recreation pass (for students ages 16 and above), activities and trips.

Not included: Airfare, airport transfers (available for $40 each way), classroom materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, linens, blanket and pillow, souvenirs, and personal spending money (approximately $100-$150 per week suggested). 



University of Pennsylvania - Curricula & Courses

5½ Week Enrichment Courses

  • TopSAT Preparation
    • SAT Prep Classroom Course by The Princeton Review: This improved course is geared to produce higher and quicker score improvements and includes updated and expanded vocabulary, verbal skill-building and math instruction. The course covers relevant, frequently-occurring topics that impact scores the most and includes ten additional practice SAT exams, and hundreds of practice questions and drills in the manual and online student center. Also featured is a revised SAT “Hit Parade,” a list of 250 vocabulary words most often found in the Reading section of the test, plus mini vocabulary lists specific to the Math and Reading sections. Small class size and personal attention, combined with compelling teachers, make course time productive and fun. Students take proctored practice exams and receive individualized score reports to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. In addition, a new college admissions component teaches students how to research, apply and get in to the best college for their abilities. Includes a Fall Wrap-up session of an additional practice test plus a three- hour review session prior to the fall tests. Satisfaction Guaranteed: Students who complete all classes, tests and homework, and attend the Fall Wrap-up, will be satisfied with their scores. If not, the student may attend a Refresher course at no fee at a Princeton Review location.
  • TopService Learning
    • Community Service and Leadership: Benjamin Franklin, founder of the University of Pennsylvania, thought that the true purpose of education was to promote service to the larger society. Penn has a rich tradition of community involvement in the West Philadelphia area, and its ongoing work with the community is a true expression of that purpose. Pre-College students have a unique opportunity to become involved in the betterment of the community in which they will be studying. Projects may include mentoring children, working with senior citizens, participating in environmental clean up and rehabilitation on the Schuylkill or Delaware Rivers, educating local businesses and organizations about “Green” business practices, and more. Students may potentially partner with Penn organizations that include The Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Penn Volunteers In Public Service (VIPS) or Civic House, the hub for student led community service and social advocacy work. Civic House promotes mutually beneficial collaborations between the Penn and West Philadelphia communities. In addition to community service fieldwork, there are informative guest speakers, lecturers, and group leadership seminars where students discuss each other’s volunteer experiences and find ways to implement community service programs in their hometowns. Students participate in approximately 40 hours of community service. A Certificate of Completion is awarded.
  • TopSkills for Academic Success
    • Skills for Academic Success in College: Helps participants become more effective high school and college students by reviewing and implementing important strategies in time management, exam preparation, note taking, collaborative learning and more. We introduce students to the special features of the college classroom. Issues such as class participation, relationships with faculty and teaching assistants, and academic expectations are discussed. Many students underestimate the importance of taking comprehensive notes from texts and lectures. Students are introduced to different methods of note taking. Time management workshops provide students with concrete suggestions for managing their time. Students reflect on how they use their time in order to understand how they might be more efficient and productive by generating ideas for keeping a planner, setting study guidelines, and overcoming procrastination. We help students prepare for midterm and final exams by creating study schedules for exam periods, tailoring study strategies to fit the exam format, studying actively, and remaining relaxed and focused in test-taking situations. As collaborative learning strategies gain prominence in higher education, students are often faced with the challenges of studying and learning with others. We help students study effectively with their peers in study groups, group projects, or other collaborative learning situations. Through interactive activities, students learn strategies such as assigning roles, delegating responsibility, and structuring study time.
    • Effective Public Speaking & Debate: Course centers on developing critical thinking and public speaking skills through the medium of academic debates. Students consider and discuss topics of current importance, develop a systematic approach to critical thought and oral expression and consider the goals and strategies of successful and educational competition. This class also focuses on th efiner points of public speaking, how to critically form and support an opinion and speech writing techniques.
  • TopVisual Arts
    • Digital Photography and Computer Enhancement: Digital photography has quickly emerged as one of the most diverse forms of artistic expression. In this course, students will learn basic photographic techniques of composition, lighting, and exposure, as well as advanced techniques of digital editing and manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. Weekly photo excursions are included to allow students the opportunity to practice and perfect photographic skills in an urban setting. As a final project, students will create a professional portfolio of their five best images. Students must provide their own digital camera with a minimum of 6 megapixels and USB cord. Manual focus option preferred, but not required.
  • TopWriting
    • Introduction to Academic Writing and Critical Reading: Prestigious universities and colleges place a premium on students' ability to write effectively, persuasively and critically. We will provide students opportunities for discussing the standards of academic written discourse and developing strategies for fulfilling those standards across a range of academic disciplines. Emphasis is on expository writing, and analyzing writing styles. Students practice writing essays and short papers. Class emphasizes the writing process as well as the quality of the finished product. Students keep a portfolio of their work. Crucial aspects of supporting arguments in academic research writing, including plagiarism, tecniques to determine sources' credibility and standards for in-text and bibliographical citations are discussed.