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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

2, 3, or 6 Week Programs
Ivy League programs in Analytics, Finance, and Business and more!
    Grade Level
    9, 10, 11
    14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    Course Highlights
    • - Social Justice Research Academy
    • - Biomedical Research Academy
    • - Chemistry Research Academy
    • - Experimental Physics Research Academy
    • - Mathematics Academy
    • - Neuroscience Research Academy
    • - Penn Prep
    • - Global Culture and Communication Academy
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    University of Pennsylvania Pre-College Academic Programs

    Ready for a first-rate summer experience at America’s first university? Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, Penn offers an authentic Ivy League experience in the heart of Philadelphia for academically gifted high school students. Penn flourishes in and is enriched by a vibrant urban ecosystem steeped in history and brimming with arts, culture, and innovation. Explore America’s history in Philly’s urban setting and feel the pulse of arts, culture, and innovation. 

    Engage with leading faculty and build intellectual connections while taking challenging courses selected from a variety of disciplines. Penn is widely known for its expertise in medicine, business, and law, and students can immerse themselves in science, research, social justice, and mathematics classes. 

    University of Pennsylvania Pre-College Academic Programs

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    Campus Life & Activities

    After class, take a walk down Locust Walk in the heart of campus, visit Ben on the Bench, or admire the campus architecture and tree-lined walkways. Penn is known for its extraordinary athletic and recreational facilities. Organize pick-up games, work out at the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center or play tennis with a friend at the Hamlin Tennis Center. 

    Located in the University City neighborhood, Penn is near a multitude of shopping and dining options. Immerse yourself in Philadelphia’s history and culture with supervised visits to art museums, parks, historic sites, and more! Test your skills at detecting counterfeit bills at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia or relax with friends overlooking the Delaware River. “The City of Brotherly Love” has something for everyone! 

    Students in our programs live in one of the upperclassman residence halls, which are only a short walk from the 1920 Dining Commons, academic buildings, and the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

    Learn More About Our ProgramsDiscover more about our University of Pennsylvania summer programs. Download Our Program PDF

    Top 10 Past Activities

    • Soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches at the Jersey Shore.
    • Ride the roller coasters at Hershey Park.
    • Tour Times Square and Rockefeller Plaza during our day in New York City.
    • Cheer for the Philadelphia Phillies at a major league baseball game.
    • Visit the monuments and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital.
    • Explore the history of Philadelphia at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Society Hill.
    • Shop over 400 stores at King of Prussia Mall, the East Coast’s premier shopping destination.
    • Test your skills at detecting counterfeit bills at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
    • Try the city’s authentic cheese steaks at Steve's Prince of Steaks.
    • Test your knowledge at our weekly “Trivia Night”.

    2 week and 3 week students participate in many but not all activities listed. All on-campus activities are subject to change based on current safety protocols.

    Dates & Tuition


    • “The program has honestly been the highlight of my summer. The classes and after-class activities kept me in an excited state for the entirety of the two weeks. I am beyond grateful for my experience at Penn.” Sarah Z.2018 Alumni
    • “This program was great! The dorms were nice, the RCs were nice, and the academics were spectacular. This experience allowed me to be independent for the first time, and it has helped me understand more of what I’m interested and what path I wish to follow in the future.” Riona W. 2018 Alumni
    • “I really enjoyed my time here. I made lifelong friends, learned from incredible professors, got to experience campus life, and had learning experiences that I never before thought I would have access to as a high schooler.”Jessica Z.2019 Alumni
    • “This gave me a really good feel of how college will be. It made me super excited and I think I've become more motivated to become a better student and person overall due to the welcoming atmosphere here. I was also able to time manage really well, getting my work done while also participating in fun activities.”Linda S. 2019 Alumni

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