Admissions & Tuition
Admission to Wharton’s Pre-baccalaureate Program is highly selective.
Selections are based on a record of academic excellence, willingness to take on a challenge, and demonstrated intellectual curiosity. Eligibility includes:
- Minimum 3.5 unweighted GPA, or equivalent.
- Thoughtful, well-written essays that express interest in the program content.
- Recommendations that convey academic performance and potential.
- Not be graduating high school in advance of the intended entry term. (Graduated seniors are not eligible.)
- Not be matriculating into the University of Pennsylvania as a freshman.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: Be able to verify English language proficiency.
Applications are reviewed at various points throughout the admissions cycle. Please refer to the Application Deadlines chart for timeframes on admissions notifications. Students will receive an email notification once admissions decisions are available.
|Spring 1, 2024: January 16 - February 26
|November 29, 2023
|December 6, 2023
|Summer 1, 2024: May 28 - July 3
|March 27, 2024
|April 17, 2024
|Summer 2, 2024: July 5 - August 9
|May 1, 2024
|May 22, 2024
Applications and supporting materials should be submitted electronically through the online application system by the stated application deadlines. Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received and applications are complete.
Applicants may use generative AI programs (e.g., tools like ChatGPT) to help generate ideas and brainstorm. However, the material generated by these programs may be inaccurate, or incomplete, and is not a compelling substitute for independent thought and lived experiences. Applicants may not submit any work generated by an AI program as their own; it should be cited like any other reference material (with due consideration for the quality of the reference.) Any plagiarism or other form of cheating will be grounds for denial.
Please note: Wharton Global Youth contracts Summer Discovery to support administrative needs, including application processing and inquiries. However, the application platform is hosted by The Wharton School and all application reviews are conducted by the Wharton Global Youth Admissions Committee, in conjunction with Wharton faculty and staff.
Participation in Wharton’s Pre-baccalaureate Program does not guarantee admission into Penn.
High school transcripts and/or grade reports are required for application. Please upload an unofficial copy directly into the online application system. At least two marking periods of grades are required for review. If you would like to submit additional grades as they become available, you may email supplementary application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 recommendation is required. Recommendations should be provided by a teacher, counselor, advisor, or mentor who can attest to the student’s academic performance and potential within the classroom.
Essay/Short Answer Prompts
Short essay requirements provide an opportunity for the Wharton Global Youth admissions committee to learn more about you. They are also a way to evaluate your writing skills and your ability to directly respond to a given prompt. We value quality and thoughtfulness over quantity.
- Tweet-style bio: In 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet.
- How will studying at Wharton advance your academic goals and/or personal growth? 200-300 words
- Share a meaningful anecdote or personal story that captures a defining moment in your life or a situation that significantly influenced your perspective and who you have become. Through your essay, help us understand the unique tapestry of your experiences, values, and aspirations that make you the individual you are. 300-500 words
Optional item (not required): Applicants may attach an additional letter of recommendation, certificate, resume, CV, article, etc. Materials may also be emailed to email@example.com.
English Proficiency Test Scores
Non-native English speakers should submit test scores to verify English language proficiency. If the student attends a high school where the primary language of instruction is English, this requirement is automatically waived. If submitting test scores, please note the admissions committee prefers TOEFL or IELTS scores, when available. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 100 (iBT.) The minimum IELTS score required is a 7. If TOEFL or IELTS scores are not available, applicants may submit Duolingo, PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores as an alternate. The minimum Duolingo score required is 130. To submit, please upload an unofficial copy of your score report to the online application.
Standardized Test Scores
The submission of standardized test scores is optional. If you have score reports you wish to share you may upload an unofficial copy of your score report to the online application. Score reports should include your name.
A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required for application. This is payable by credit card directly through the application system.
School District of Philadelphia public and charter high school students may request an application fee waiver by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition & Fees
|Pre-baccalaureate course tuition
|Online Service Fee
|$75 per course
|$76 per applicable course*
*Only for applicable courses. Covers exclusive content, simulations, or case studies utilized within the course.
Course tuition and fees are calculated in the same manner as all other non-degree undergraduate students at the Wharton School. Tuition is charged per course, the online services fee is charged per course, and a materials fee is assessed for certain courses requiring the use of exclusive content or materials. Courses requiring a materials fee are clearly labeled as such.
In addition to tuition and fees, all students are financially responsible for any other fees associated with attending courses, which may include textbooks or readings, technology requirements, additional course materials, etc.
Pre-baccalaureate students are billed directly by the University Bursar and payment may be made electronically through the Penn.Pay billing system. Billing statements are issued directly to your Wharton email address.
In order to fully participate in Pre-baccalaureate coursework, students will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements for both Canvas LMS and Zoom Videoconferencing.
All courses include live weekly, synchronous class sessions; be sure to review full course details for meetings days and times. All course times are based on the time in Philadelphia, PA USA (Eastern Standard/Daylight Time.)