COVID-19 Update: Due to uncertainty around travel and the congregation of large groups, for the health and safety of our prospective students and the Penn community, we will host the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) and Penn In Focus (PIF) in a virtual format in fall 2020. Details to come later this summer.

Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP)

Traditionally, PEEP is a 3-day, 2-night preview of academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania for high school seniors. Programing is geared towards students from historically underrepresented backgrounds who are also either from a low-income background or who will be the first in their family to attend college. In a typical year, Penn Admissions would fully fund the cost of food, housing, and round-trip transportation to Philadelphia for participating students. Though the experience will be different this year, we are excited to make it helpful and meaningful for all who participate.

Virtual PEEP 2020 application and event details will be available here in late summer 2020.

  • To highlight the unique academic pathways, support network, and social atmosphere at Penn, an Ivy League institution
  • To demonstrate how Penn’s affordability and grant-based financial aid allow students to study what matters to them
  • To provide practical advice that students can use to strengthen their applications to highly selective colleges and universities

Consider applying to PEEP if:

  • You have a particular interest in programming and support services for underrepresented cultural minority groups and communities.
  • You are from a low-income background** or will be the first in your family to graduate from a 4-year college.
  • You will graduate this academic year from a high school in the United States.
  • You fall within the top 10% of your high school graduating class. (If your school does not rank, you should demonstrate strong academic performance.)
  • You are enrolled in a very rigorous academic curriculum at your school.
  • You are interested in studying liberal arts, business, engineering, and/or nursing.
  • You seek an intellectually stimulating and socially engaging college experience.

** For example, you are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL), you qualify for a fee waiver for the ACT or SAT, etc.

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PENN IN FOCUS (PIF)

PIF is a special program for current high school seniors who wish to explore and celebrate cultural communities that have been historically underrepresented at highly selective universities. This day-long event will spotlight Penn’s Ivy League, world-class academic resources and vibrant extracurricular life while underscoring the extensive cultural engagement opportunities infused throughout the intellectual and social experience at Penn. In a typical year, PIF would take place on our beautiful campus in Philadelphia, PA, and breakfast and lunch would be provided. Though the experience will be different this year, we are excited to make it helpful and meaningful for all who participate.

Virtual PIF 2020 application and event details will be available here in late summer 2020.

Consider applying to PIF if:

  • You have a particular interest in programming and support services for underrepresented cultural minority groups and communities.
  • You do not need additional guidance for students who will be the first in their family to graduate from a 4-year college.
  • You will graduate this academic year from high school.
  • You fall within the top 10% of your high school graduating class. (If your school does not rank, you should demonstrate strong academic performance.)
  • You are enrolled in a very rigorous academic curriculum at your school.
  • You are interested in studying liberal arts, business, engineering, and/or nursing.
  • You seek an intellectually stimulating and socially engaging college experience.