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 for Fall 2021.

Penn Early Exploration Program

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. This year's program will be different in that the program will consist of shorter virtual sessions totaling no more than 3 hours per night throughout a week's time. This year, there will be PEEP cohort sessions as well as joint sessions with the PIF program. It will still provide students with the opportunity to learn more about our campus and community while also supporting attendees in strengthening their applications to selective institutions like Penn. This program is especially geared towards students with a particular interest in programming and support services for historically underrepresented populations in higher education, including but not limited to first-generation and/or low-income students. 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.

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 program has passed. Applications for the Fall 2022 program will launch next summer.

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

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 would like support on the application process to highly selective colleges and universities.
  • 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 are a part of or wish to explore and celebrate cultural communities that have been historically underrepresented at highly selective universities. This 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 be a day-long event taking place on our beautiful campus in Philadelphia, PA, and breakfast and lunch would be provided. This year's program will be different in that the program will consist of shorter virtual sessions totaling no more than 3 hours per night throughout a week's time. This year, there will be PIF cohort sessions as well as joint sessions with the PEEP program. Though the experience will be different this year, we are excited to make it helpful and meaningful for all who participate.

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 program has passed. Applications for the Fall 2022 program will launch next summer.

Consider applying to PIF if:

  • You are not looking for additional guidance for students who will be the first in their family to graduate from a 4-year college.
  • You have a particular interest in programming and support services for underrepresented cultural minority groups and communities.
  • You want to learn more about Penn and if it is the right fit for you.
  • 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.