To learn about PENN IN FOCUS, a one-day program for students interested in cultural community and identity at Penn, please see below.

PEEP 2019 will take place from Sunday, October 13th through Tuesday, October 15th.

Before high school seniors across the country finalize their college lists and submit their college applications, the Admissions Office hosts a 3 day, 2 night preview of the academic and social life at the University of Pennsylvania. Students invited to the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) will have all costs associated with food, housing, and transportation to Philadelphia fully sponsored by Penn Admissions.

The PEEP 2019 application has now closed.



  • 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 allows students to study what matters to them
  • To provide practical advice students can use to strengthen their college applications to highly selective institutions

Students involved in community-based organizations that focus on increasing access to higher education are encouraged to apply. Programming will feature content that may be of particular interest to students from historically underrepresented groups. Given Penn's firm commitment to enrolling a talented and diverse class, we are specifically seeking students:

  • Graduating from a U.S. high school this year
  • From a low-income background* or who will be the first in their family to attend a 4-year college
  • Demonstrating high academic achievement and/or leadership
  • Interested in studying liberal arts, business, engineering, and/or nursing

*For example, Free or Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) eligible, receive ACT or SAT testing waiver, …

Contact your desired recommender before you apply. This is the document link to share with your teacher, counselor, mentor, or community-based organization adviser to request a recommendation. Trust us, the additional time for them to prepare will be much appreciated!

Type and save your essay in separate document before beginning the application, so you can easily upload it when you're ready.

Review our programs of study to get a sense of what is available at Penn, and to help you determine which division (College of Arts & Sciences, Wharton/business, Engineering, or Nursing) interests you most.

Keep in mind that space is limited for this program, and the Penn Early Exploration Program decision will have no impact on your potential undergraduate admission to the University of Pennsylvania.

Online Application

Please note you will not be able to save & return to this form once you begin

Academic Materials

  • Unofficial Transcript or Report Card (showing final grades for all courses)
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Class rank (if applicable)
  • Senior year course schedule High School Profile
  • SAT, ACT, PSAT, or Pre-ACT (PLAN) scores


Activities list and/or optional resume

Letter of Recommendation

Please provide the name & email address of your recommender. Share this link with the teacher, counselor, mentor, or community-based organization advisor you will ask to write a recommendation for you.

Essay (up to 650 words)

Upon establishing the University of Pennsylvania, our founder, Benjamin Franklin, stated that, "the great aim and end of all learning is service to society." With Franklin's mission in mind, we are interested in learning about your academic interests – what they are, and why they excite you – and how you envision shaping your college experience to enable you to impact society.

Academic Interest

  • Undergraduate School (The College of Arts & Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Science, The Wharton School (of Business), or The School of Nursing)
  • Optional Coordinated Dual Degree program (if you are seriously considering pursuing two full undergraduate degrees at once)

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

PENN IN FOCUS 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 inaugural, day-long event on our beautiful campus in Philadelphia, PA will spotlight Penn’s Ivy League, world-class educational resources and vibrant extracurricular life while underscoring the extensive cultural engagement opportunities infused throughout the intellectual and social experience at Penn. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

The Penn In Focus 2019 application is now closed.



  • You are a current high school junior/rising high school senior attending 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 be demonstrating strong academic performance).
  • You are taking a rigorous academic curriculum at your school.
  • You have a particular interest in or connection to underrepresented cultural minority groups and communities.
  • You seek an intellectually stimulating and socially engaging college experience.
  • You do not require funding assistance to visit the campus, and do not need additional guidance for students who will be the first in their families to go to college.


Regrettably, there is no travel funding available for PENN IN FOCUS. If you are a member of a low-income family, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Penn Early Exploration Program (see above).

  • GPA/Class rank, senior courses, standardized test scores (self-reported)
  • Short answer (150 words): Why are you interested in attending an event highlighting cultural identify, diversity, and community at the University of Pennsylvania?
  • Optional: report card  

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