If you are selected as a QuestBridge Finalist and wish to rank Penn as one of your twelve choices, your QuestBridge application will be forwarded to Penn's Admissions Office. In addition to the QuestBridge application, however, Penn requires some additional information.
The following documents must be submitted to Penn's Admissions Office by November 1:
The following information must be submitted to Student Financial Services as close as possible to November 1:
Send materials to:
Student Financial Services, Attn: QuestBridge Finalist Committee
Franklin Building, Room 005
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270
Fax: (215) 573-5428
The application fee is waived for all QuestBridge Finalists.
International students are eligible to apply to the University of Pennsylvania through QuestBridge as long as they meet other eligibility criteria set/determined by QuestBridge.
For the Match, the latest date candidates may take the SAT and Subject Tests is October 2019. For the ACT with Writing, the last date is September 2019. Please do not use the ''rush'' option for sending scores to Penn; your scores will make it in time without being rushed.
No, the Penn Supplement must include original essays, and should not be answered with essays already used in the QuestBridge application.
No. Match candidates, like all applicants to Penn, are evaluated in the same rigorous and holistic manner and all applicants are held to the same high standards.
Yes. If you're matched, congratulations! Please remember to withdraw any and all applications you've submitted to other colleges or universities. Now, instead of waiting on admissions decisions, you'll be able to spend the rest of your senior year focusing on finishing strong and looking forward to coming to Philadelphia!
Matched students will be notified by QuestBridge on December 2 and contacted by Penn shortly thereafter.
Penn Admissions will host the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) this fall for high school seniors from low-income or first-generation college backgrounds, with significant content that may be of particular interest to students from historically underrepresented groups in higher education. Students interested in learning more about PEEP should visit the PEEP website and apply by the deadline.
In addition, Penn also has a spring admitted student event, Quaker Days, for admitted regular decision students. Limited funds are available to support transportation for some admitted low-income and first-generation students to attend. Students eligible for Quaker Days funding will be contacted directly by Penn Admissions.
In general, two letters are sufficient to give us a sense of who you are as a student and as a person. If, however, you feel strongly that someone (perhaps a religious leader, a close advisor, or an employer) has the capacity to add new and different insight or information to your application, please feel free to submit one additional letter. It is strongly recommended to not ask another teacher to write your supplementary letter.
Interviews are arranged and conducted by alumni committees after students have submitted their applications. All interviews are offered based on application volume and alumni interviewer availability. Interviews are not scheduled by the Admissions office, and are not available by request. Individual on-campus interviews are not available. For more information on interviews, please click here.
There is no set target number of QuestBridge students with which Penn hopes to match; rather, all admissions decisions will be made based on each year's individual applicants and their financial need.
If you have been matched at a school with a binding match commitment, you cannot be considered for admission to Penn. Please make sure to withdraw your applications from schools with which you were not matched. If you have been matched at a non-binding school, you can be considered for admission to Penn for Regular Decision. If you no longer want to be considered for admission to Penn, you may withdraw your application through your Penn Applicant Portal.
Yes. If you are a Finalist who ranked Penn as one of your top twelve schools but you were not matched, Penn will automatically consider you in the Regular Decision process. You do not need to submit any further materials other than a mid-year transcript (when it becomes available). You may also request your application to be considered during Early Decision through the Early Decision form on your Penn Applicant Portal.
Yes, but only if you have not matched with a school that has a binding match commitment. In order to be considered for admission, you can use the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form to forward your QuestBridge application and additional documents to Penn. You must also submit the Penn Supplement which can be accessed through the Penn Applicant Portal after your application has been forwarded by QuestBridge. Students wishing to submit a Common Application with Supplement or a Coalition Application instead of their QuestBridge Application are welcome to do so. Essay topics for the Penn Supplement can be found here.
Yes, absolutely! You may apply through either Early Decision or Regular Decision. If you apply through Early Decision using your QuestBridge application, you will need to submit the the Penn Supplement (available in your Penn Applicant Portal). There will be an option for you to select that you are applying as an Early Decision candidate. If you apply through Regular Decision, you can use the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form to forward your QuestBridge application and additional documents to Penn. However, you must also submit the Penn Supplement which can be accessed through the Penn Applicant Portal after your application has been forwarded by QuestBridge. Essays for the Penn Supplement and can found here. Students may also apply to Penn using the Common Application with Penn Supplement, or the Coalition Application with Penn Supplement.
Yes. You may apply either Early Decision or Regular Decision and you should follow all the standard guidelines for an applicant to Penn.
Financial aid at Penn is need-based, and Penn is committed to meeting 100% of your demonstrated financial need with grant-based aid. Student Financial Services considers each student and his or her family's financial situation individually. For more information on financial aid, please visit the Student Financial Services website.