University of Pennsylvania FAQ

 

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 1st:

  • The QuestBridge Application
  • The Penn Supplement. 
  • Official high school transcript. 
  • Official score reports. We require either: 
    • The new SAT/1600 scale or the old SAT/2400 scale (Penn's SAT code: 2926) or the ACT (ACT code: 3732).  Two subject tests are recommended, but not required.
    • The College Board and ACT provide many free resources for students to familiarize them with the exams. Learn more about preparing for the SAT and the ACT

The following information must be submitted to Student Financial Services as close as possible to November 1:

  • The University of Pennsylvania Cover Sheet for Financial Documents and supporting documents: 
  • The College Board CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (Penn's CSS code: 2933). 
  • The Penn Financial Aid Supplement (PFAS). Please note: Complete and submit online via the applicant portal if you are a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. 
  • Parent federal tax return (all pages and schedules) and W-2's for 2016.

Send materials to:

Student Financial Services, Attn: QuestBridge Finalist Committee

005 Franklin Building

3451 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6270

Fax: (215) 573-5428

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Is there a fee to apply to Penn through QuestBridge, or are fee waivers available?

The application fee is waived for all QuestBridge Finalists. 

Can international students apply to the University of Pennsylvania through QuestBridge?

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. 

What is the last testing date Penn will accept?

For the Match process, the latest date candidates may take the SAT and Subject Tests is October 2017. For the ACT with Writing, the last date is September 2017. Please do not use the ''rush'' option for sending scores to Penn; your scores will make it in time without being rushed.

Can I reuse an essay from my QuestBridge application for my Penn Supplement?

No, the Penn Supplement must be an original essay, and should not be answered with essays already used in the QuestBridge application. 

Do I have a better chance of being admitted to Penn if I apply through the College Match process?

No. College 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.

For those who match with Penn, is the decision binding?

Yes. If you're matched, congratulations! Please remember to withdraw any and all applications you've submitted to other colleges or universities. Now you'll be able to spend the rest of your senior year focusing on finishing strong and looking forward to coming to Philadelphia, instead of stressing over pending decisions!

When are QuestBridge Finalists notified if they are matched with Penn?

Matched students will be notified by QuestBridge on December 1st and contacted by Penn shortly thereafter.

Do you offer a fly-in program or special visit specifically for QuestBridge applicants?

Penn Admissions will be hosting the Penn Early Exploration Program (PEEP) this fall for prospective students who are first-generation college students, come from low socio-economic backgrounds, and/or are from populations historically underrepresented in higher education. Students interested in learning more about PEEP should visit the PEEP website and apply by the deadline.

In addition, we also have our spring admitted student event, Quaker Days, for admitted regular decision students. Funds are available to support the transportation for low-income and first-generation students to attend. Students eligible for Quaker Days funding will be contacted directly by our office.

May I send in more than two letters of reference?

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. We strongly recommend not asking another teacher to write your supplementary letter.

I'd like to have an interview - how do I set that up?

Unlike some universities, applicants to Penn cannot request alumni interviews. Interviews are offered based on application volume and alumni interviewer availability. Interviews are arranged by alumni committees after the applicant has submitted an application. Interviews are not scheduled by the Admissions office, and individual on-campus interviews are not available. For more information on interviews, please click here.

How many students will be matched to Penn?

There is no set target number of QuestBridge students with which Penn hopes to match; rather, all admissions decisions will be made based on the strength and financial need of individual applicants. 

Can I still be considered for Admission to Penn in Early or Regular Decision if I have been matched at another college partner?

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, please contact us at eapps@admissions.upenn.edu to withdraw your application.

If I am a Finalist and listed Penn as one of my choices, but was not matched at any of the college partners, will Penn consider my application for Regular Decision?

Yes. If you are a Finalist who ranked Penn as one of your top twelve schools but you were not matched through the National College Match, 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). Please contact us at eapps@admissions.upenn.edu if you wish to withdraw your application. You may also request your application to be considered during Early Decision through the Early Decision form on your Penn Applicant Portal. 

If I am a Finalist but did not list Penn as one of my ranked choices, will Penn consider my application for Regular Decision?

Yes, but you must not have matched with a school with 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. 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 can be found here

What if I am a Finalist but I chose not to participate in the Match process, will Penn consider me?

Yes, absolutely! You may apply through either Early Decision or Regular Decision. If you apply through Early Decision, you will need to submit the QuestBridge Non-Participating Finalists Early Decision form and the Penn Supplement (available in your Penn Applicant Portal after you submit the Early Decision Form). 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.

What if I apply to QuestBridge but am not named a Finalist, will Penn consider my application?

Yes. You may apply either Early Decision or Regular Decision and you should follow all the standard guidelines for an applicant to Penn.

If I am admitted to Penn, but not through the National College Match Program, what kind of financial aid will I be offered?

Financial aid at Penn is need-based, and Penn is committed to meet 100% of your determined need. In addition, Penn will not expect dependent students to borrow student loans to meet their academic year financial need, regardless of the family income level. Student Financial Services considers each student and his or her family's financial situation individually. For more information on financial aid, please visit the SFS website.