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.
(2019-2020 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.
- Last Test Dates Accepted: September 2019 (ACT) or October 2019 (SAT)
- Penn requires either the SAT or ACT. Penn recommends 2 SAT Subject Tests.
SAT code: 2926
ACT code: 3732
- Last Test Dates Accepted: October 2019
Note for students taking SAT Subject Tests: Applicants to the School of Engineering and Applied Science or the Wharton School are encouraged to take a Mathematics SAT Subject Test. Applicants interested in science-related fields (including engineering or nursing) are encouraged to take a science SAT Subject Test (preferably Physics for engineering, Chemistry for nursing).
- Penn will review self-reported SAT and ACT test scores from first year applications attending high schools in the United States. Recruited athletes and students attending high schools outside of the U.S. are required to submit official testing through the appropriate testing agency or University-approved source. To self-report your scores, use the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application. We recommend that you self-report each test you will use to select the highest score in each section.
Admitted students must submit official score reports prior to enrollment. If you are self-reporting sections from multiple test dates then you must submit official reports from each sitting prior to enrollment. If you choose to self-report your tests scores, then please be sure your self-reporting is accurate. Penn reserves the right to rescind admission in the case of applicant misrepresentation including discrepancies between self-reported and official test scores.
2019-2020 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.
- Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2017 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. Submit directly to Penn using this cover sheet.
- 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’ 2017 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.
2019-2020 Penn Financial Aid Supplement (PFAS)
- Deadline: November 6
- Submit the PFAS online. Login access to the PFAS will be available once you receive your Penn Applicant Portal access from admissions.