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First-Year Admission: Checklist and Deadlines

First-Year Application Materials and Important Dates
(2023-2024 Admissions Cycle)

Materials and Deadlines for Early and Regular Decision
(2023-2024 Admissions Cycle)

Early Decision
November 1, 2023

Regular Decision
January 5, 2024

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

  • Common App or Coalition Application & Penn-specific Essay
  • Official High School Transcript
  • School Report
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Early Decision Agreement (only if applying for Early Decision)
  • Mid-Year Report
    • Early Decision: Required February 15, 2024 if student is deferred
    • Regular Decision: Must be submitted directly by the school as soon as mid-year grades are available
  • Final Report
    • Required in June for matriculating students

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.

Penn will not require applicants to submit the SAT or ACT for the 2023-24 application cycle and has announced that it will remain test-optional for the 2024-25 admissions 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. Learn more about our testing policy here.

  • Early Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—October 2023 (ACT) or November 2023 (SAT)
  • Regular Decision: Last Test Dates Accepted—December 2023 (ACT) or December 2023 (SAT)

Offered based on availability

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

Most students who are admitted to Penn do not submit supplemental materials. All of the information that we feel is crucial in making an admission decision is included within our required documents. If you feel there is information essential to your application which was not able to be captured within the required documents, please visit our Supplementary Materials page learn more.

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

Notification of Decision

  • Early Decision: Mid-December 2023
  • Regular Decision: By April 2024

Admitted Student Reply/Enrollment Confirmation

  • Early Decision: January 5, 2024
  • Regular Decision: May 1, 2024

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