Penn Medicine - Admissions Overview

What are the application, decision and commitment dates? The application for admission opens on Friday, November 29 and will close at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, March 4. Admissions decisions will be emailed to both parents/guardians and students on April 10. RSVPs will be due April 17. Tuition is due April 24 and must be paid via wire transfer or check. 

How competitive are admissions? We expect to receive 400 - 500 applications for 120 spaces.

Who makes the admissions decisions? The admissions committee is comprised of faculty, and occasionally students, from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

What are you looking for in a successful applicant? The committee will be looking for academic consistency, strength in HS Level Biology (a pre-requisite), demonstrated passion for the study of medicine (via required essay) and strong letters of recommendation which include examples of the student's strengths and likelihood to succeed in an intensive summer program.

Why is the application so intense? By design, our application is meant to feel similar to a college application. We expect applicants to use this experience to gain valuable experience and have the opportunity to present the best information possible to the committee. Regardless of the outcome, we hope that all applicants will find that they learned a lot from the application process and find ways to reflect on the experience when they apply to college.

Is there a waitlist in case someone who was accepted decides not to attend? Yes, the committee will also choose a limited number of students for the waitlist. If a student who was accepted declines their invitation, the committee will choose a student from the waitlist to fill the vacancy. Waitlisted students should note that this process could take several weeks to complete.

What happens if I don't get in? Admission to this program is quite competitive and we simply do not have enough spaces to accommodate everyone. Rising juniors who are denied would have another year of eligibility to apply again next year. If we have space in other programs, we'll share that information in your decision email. The University of Pennsylvania does not take a negative admissions decision for this summer program into account when making undergraduate admissions decisions. 

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