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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Get InfoApply NowIvy League programs in Science, Research, Social Justice, and Mathematics2, 3, or 6 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $3,199 - $17,899For students completing grades 9, 10, 11 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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Conveniently located in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania (commonly known as Penn or UPenn) is close to the Jersey Shore, Washington, D.C. and New York City. These are just a few of the exciting places to discover during your stay here.

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1749, the University of Pennsylvania is recognized as a world-class research institution with a history of innovation in education. Notable alumni include Donald J. Trump (the current and 45th President of the United States), supreme court justices (such as William J. Brennan), Nobel laureates (including Robert J. Shiller), and business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, Warren Buffett.

During the 10-year partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, Summer Discovery has provided incredible experiences for thousands of exemplary high school students. Summer Discovery students come from 44 states and over 70 countries. This summer, join us and create long-lasting friendships with students from all over the world.

At Summer Discovery University of Pennsylvania, we help you prepare for your transition from high school to college. Our pre-college program combines academics, athletics, and activities to give high school students a well-rounded introduction to college life.

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A day in the life

There’s a lot going on at University of Pennsylvania. Dive in head first and get the full experience of what a day in the life of a UPenn student is like.

  • 8.30am Roll out of bed and head to the 1920 Dining Commons where you can enjoy eggs, pastries, fruit, and more on your way to class.
  • 9.30am Grab your notebook and pen (or your lab coat) and don’t be late for class.
  • 11.30am What’s one great thing about college? Long lunch breaks. Grab lunch at a local food truck with friends, catch up on homework, or workout at the gym.
  • 1.00pm Back to class, but not always in the classroom. Many classes have afternoon labs or take field trips around Philadelphia to museums and local businesses.
  • 4.00pm Your summer, your way. Sign up for the activities you want to do. Choose from museums, sports, shopping, study sessions, and more.
  • 6.00pm Dinner time. Enjoy the unlimited portions at the 1920 Dining Commons.
  • 8.00pm Outdoor movies. Concerts. Karaoke Night. Major league sports. You will never forget the memories you make with your friends at Penn.
  • 11.00pm Enjoy a pizza, watch a movie, or play video games in the lounge. After a full day, it’s nice to relax with friends.

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Arrival and departure days

You must arrive and depart on the specified arrival and departure days only.  If this is not possible, you must arrive the day after arrival day or depart the day before departure day. There are no rooms available at our residence hall outside of the dates of the program. 

6 week session: Arrive July 2, depart Aug 10
3 week session: Arrive July 7, depart July 27
2 week session #1: Arrive July 7, depart July 19
2 week program #2: Arrive July 21, depart Aug 2

Airport Transfers

We provide escorted transfers to/from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station for $75 each way on all arrival and departure days. Staff will meet incoming flights in the baggage claim (or outside of customs for international flights) and assist with departures.

Dates & Tuition
  • Jul 2 - Aug 10: 6 WeeksBiology with Lab/1 College Credit$17,899
  • Jul 2 - Aug 10: 6 Weeks2 College Credit Classes$15,999
  • Jul 2 - Aug 10: 6 WeeksBiology with Lab$13,999
  • Jul 2 - Aug 10: 6 Weeks1 college credit/1 enrichment class$11,729
  • Jul 7 - Jul 27: 3 WeeksResearch Academy$8,449 - $8,949
  • Jul 8 - Jul 26: 3 WeeksResearch Academy (Commuter Option)$7,149 - $7,649
  • Jul 7 - Jul 19: 2 Weeks Session #1Penn Prep$4,429
  • Jul 8 - Jul 18: 2 Weeks Session #1Penn Prep (Commuter Option)$3,199
  • Jul 21 - Aug 2: 2 Weeks Session #2Penn Prep$4,429
  • Jul 22 - Aug 1: 2 Weeks Session #2Penn Prep (Commuter Option)$3,199

6 week program open to students completing grades 10 & 11.
2 and 3 week programs open to students completing grades 9, 10 & 11.

Residential tuition includes: Term fees, academic programs, laundry, use of facilities, housing, 2 meals daily while on campus (2 on Sunday, none on Saturday), recreation pass (for students ages 15 and above), activities and trips.

Not included: Application fee, airfare, airport transfers (available for $75 each way), class materials, course supplements, meals eaten off campus, medical expenses, linens, blanket and pillow, souvenirs, and personal spending money.

Commuter tuition includes: Commuter students join the program Monday-Friday for classes only. They do not attend evening or weekend activities and excursions and no overnight stays are permitted. 

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