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Penn Early Exploration Program and Penn In Focus

Given Penn's firm commitment to enrolling a talented and diverse class, Penn Admissions is proud to host two high school senior programs with a focus on serving students from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 PEEP and PIF Programs. 

 

Penn Early Exploration Program

Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)

PEEP is an online workshop-based virtual program created to provide community, support, and resources for high school seniors who identify as low-income and/or first generation to college (FGLI), and have an interest in learning more about Penn and applying to selective universities. Participants will gain first-hand experience with the academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania. Preference will be given to students who come from historically underrepresented populations.

This program will include weekly 2-hour live virtual sessions with admissions staff, faculty, and current students across six weeks from August 24th to September 28th, 2022. All live program sessions will be held from 7pm-9pm ET on Wednesdays, and asynchronous programming will be hosted on the PEEP 2022 online community.

Here’s a sneak peep of what to expect:   

  • An overview of the University of Pennsylvania, including academic programs, social hubs, and centers
  • A discussion about the liberal arts, pre-professional academic experiences, and insight into curricular preparation for college majors
  • A college essay-writing workshop
  • Resources for First Generation and Low Income (FGLI) students
  • A comprehensive review of Financial Aid and Penn’s generous need-based aid
  • Time to connect with current Penn students
  • A workshop to prepare for alumni interviews

Consider applying to PEEP if:

  • You identify as a first-generation college student and/or identify as low-income (for example: you might be eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch (FRPL), or qualify for a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT) 
  • You are seeking support with the application process to highly selective colleges and universities 
  • You will graduate in the 2022-2023 academic year and are a citizen or permanent resident of the US, Canada, or Mexico
  • You demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership through rigorous coursework and strong academic performance
  • You are interested in studying at one of our four undergraduate schools  or coordinated dual degree programs  that span across the liberal arts (natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences), business, engineering, and nursing

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Penn In Focus (PIF)

PIF is an in-person program hosted on Penn’s campus for academically high-achieving high school seniors who either identify as, or wish to explore and celebrate, historically underrepresented cultural communities at highly selective universities. This program will provide an opportunity to learn about Penn’s world-class academic resources and extracurricular life. Attendees will discover the extensive cultural engagement opportunities infused through the intellectual and social experience at Penn. 

This program will be held in-person on Penn’s campus in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, September 17th, 2022 from 9am-4pm ET. 

Due to limited on-campus capacity, PIF is only open to students whose home address falls within a 150-mile radius of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

We offer a limited number of travel scholarships for students who are unable to afford a trip to our campus.

Consider applying to PIF if:

  • You live within a 150-mile radius of our campus in Philadelphia, PA
  • You have a particular interest in programming and support services for underrepresented cultural minority groups and communities
  • You will graduate in the 2022-2023 academic year and are a citizen or permanent resident of the US, Canada, or Mexico
  • You demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership through rigorous coursework and strong academic performance
  • You are interested in studying at one of our four undergraduate schools  or coordinated dual degree programs  that span across the liberal arts (natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences), business, engineering, and nursing
  • You want to learn more about Penn’s campus and determine if it is the right fit for you
  • You seek an intellectually stimulating and socially engaging college experience