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First-Year Admission: Checklist & Deadlines

First-Year Application Materials and Important Dates
(2021-2022 Admissions Cycle)

Materials and Deadlines for Early and Regular Decision
(2021-2022 Admissions Cycle)

Early Decision
November 1, 2021

Regular Decision
January 5, 2022

Application Fee
$75 or fee waiver for those who qualify.

If sending supporting documents via email, they should be sent to

If sending supporting documents via mail, they should be sent to:
3535 Market Street, Suite 850
Philadelphia, PA 19104

See below for more information on the University's verification policy.


COVID-19 Update: In response to COVID-19, Penn will not require applicants to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2021-22 application cycle. This applies to first-year and transfer applicants. Applicants who do not submit SAT or ACT scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Students who are able to take the SAT or ACT and wish to report them may continue with that plan.

For more information on our testing policies, please visit our Testing page.

  • Early Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—October 2021 (ACT) or November 2021 (SAT)
  • Regular Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—December 2021 (ACT) or December 2021 (SAT)

Offered based on availability

  • Early Decision: Mid October–Early December
  • Regular Decision: December–Early March

Fine Arts Supplement

Deadlines for portfolio submissions are 10 days after the application deadlines.

Additional Letter of Recommendation (1)

  • Early Decision: November 1, 2021
  • Regular Decision: January 5, 2022

View the financial aid checklist for all required documents and dates.

Notification of Decision

  • Early Decision: Mid-December 2021
  • Regular Decision: By April 2022

Admitted Student Reply/Enrollment Confirmation

  • Early Decision: January 5, 2022
  • Regular Decision: May 2, 2022

The University of Pennsylvania reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

No student who has been denied admission under any of our decision plans may apply again to any undergraduate division of the University in the same academic year.

Verification Policy
All application materials, unless otherwise stated, must be official and sent directly to the University or the University’s designated application platform from an official source (e.g., high school), not through an agent or third-party vendor, with the following exceptions: submissions by government and partner organizations and/or submissions by non-profit, community-based organizations when schools are unable to provide this information on behalf of the student.

Applicants are required to attest to the accuracy and authenticity of all information and documents submitted to the University of Pennsylvania. Failure to submit complete, accurate, and authentic application documents may result in denial or revocation of admission, cancellation of academic credit, suspension, expulsion, or eventual revocation of degree. Applicants and/or school officials may be required to assist Penn Admissions in the verification of application documents and statements.

All applicants to the University of Pennsylvania must confirm on their application that they understand and agree to adhere to the above expectations. Questions about this policy can be directed to Penn Admissions at