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First-Year Admission: Checklist & Deadlines

First-Year Application Materials and Important Dates
(2020-2021 Admissions Cycle)

Materials and Deadlines for Early and Regular Decision
(2020-2021 Admissions Cycle)

Early Decision
November 1, 2020

Regular Decision
January 5, 2021

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


COVID-19 Update: In response to COVID-19, Penn will not require applicants to submit the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests for the 2020-21 application cycle. This applies to first-year and transfer applicants. Applicants who do not submit SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. Students who are able to take the SAT, ACT, and/or SAT Subject Tests 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 2020 (ACT) or November 2020 (SAT)
  • Regular Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—December 2020 (ACT) or December 2020 (SAT)

SAT Subject Tests

  • Early Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—November 2020
  • Regular Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—December 2020

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, 2020
  • Regular Decision: January 5, 2021

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

Notification of Decision

  • Early Decision: Mid-December 2020
  • Regular Decision: April 6, 2021

Admitted Student Reply/Enrollment Confirmation

  • Early Decision: January 6, 2021
  • Regular Decision: May 3, 2021

Read more about the 2021 Decision Release Update

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.