Are a QuestBridge Finalist
Are participating in the National College Match
Ranked Penn among your College/University preferences
Below are the application requirements to be eligible for the National College Match at Penn.
Please note that students who rank Penn and don’t match at any partner school will automatically roll into Penn’s Regular Decision pool and also have the option of being considered for Early Decision. Information about the Early Decision option is sent to eligible students in December.
(2020-2021 Admissions Cycle)
- Application fees are waived for all QuestBridge Finalists
QuestBridge Application & Penn Supplement or Common Application & Penn Writing Supplement or Coalition Application & Penn-specific Essay
If applying with your QuestBridge application, the Penn Supplement will be available through the Penn Applicant Portal. You will receive log in instructions for how to access the Penn Applicant Portal once your QuestBridge application has been forwarded to Penn.
If applying using the Common Application or Coalition Application, you should select Regular Decision when submitting your application. Students can reuse essays from QuestBridge Application for the Common Application or Coalition Application personal statement.
Applicants must write an original essay for the Penn-specific essay or Penn supplement. Essay topics can be found on our website.
November 1 deadline
If an official transcript was submitted through QuestBridge, it will be accepted. If an unofficial transcript was submitted, please have your guidance counselor or registrar submit your official transcript directly to Penn.
- We will use the School Report that your school submitted to QuestBridge. You do not have to submit this form again.
We will use the Counselor Recommendation that your counselor submitted to QuestBridge. You do not have to submit this form again.
We will use the teacher recommendations that your teachers submitted to QuestBridge. You do not need to submit these again.
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. Learn more about our testing policy here.
- If you are a US Citizen or an Eligible Noncitizen:
- FAFSA code: 003378
Available Oct. 1
- FAFSA code: 003378
2021-2022 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE
If your parents are divorced or separated:
- Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
- If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.
CSS code: 2933
Available October 1
A copy of your parents’ 2019 federal income tax returns
- Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms and other earning statements. Include personal and corporate partnership tax returns. Also include copies of your parents' recent pay stubs or other verification of current-year income. Submit directly to Penn using this online form or cover sheet.
- Mail or fax to the Student Financial Services Office.