Penn LPS Online offers an alternative to the standard admissions process for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program.
If your academic background is not reflective of your academic potential or you are not successful in applying through the standard application procedure, you can “prove your way in” by demonstrating academic success in four foundational courses, called gateway courses. The gateway courses give you an opportunity to demonstrate your current academic capabilities and also provide a strong foundation for continued academic success in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program. “Proving your way in” enrolls you in the same courses as students admitted through the standard admission process.
Your four gateway courses should include one course from each of the following foundational skill areas:
- Qualitative Analysis
- Quantitative Analysis
- Scientific Reasoning
Applications are now open, and courses will begin in fall 2019. Applicants must have a high school diploma before beginning gateway courses, or have passed the high school equivalency exam or General Educational Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 450.
To apply through our online application system, select "LPS Online Gateway to the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences" from the menu and complete and submit the online application and non-refundable fee ($25). You will receive an email from Penn LPS Online asking you to confirm your enrollment; once you’ve confirmed, you can register for designated gateway courses as they are available. For information on application deadlines, visit the BAAS Admissions page.
- Transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, if applicable.* Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the US are required to have a course-by-course credential evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) performed by an outside evaluation service. Credential evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The following two evaluation services are acceptable:
- CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service: Applicants from international institutions are encouraged to use the CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides certified documents and course evaluations which are then included as part of your application materials. If using this service, Penn requires the “Evaluation” basic service at a cost of $150. You may choose to upgrade to the full “Portfolio Evaluation” for an additional cost.
- World Education Services Inc. (WES): WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.
Please note that these services charge a fee for the evaluation.
- High school transcript, if fewer than 16 courses at the college level were completed.
- TOEFL scores, if English is not your native language. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admission are 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT), 600 (PBT), or an IELTS score of at least 7.0.
- Personal statement in response to the following prompts (responses should not exceed 500 words for both questions combined):
- Describe your educational history and background as well as your academic and professional goals.
- Describe any non-academic experiences that you feel strengthen your application (e.g., employment, travel, community service, volunteer work, or publications).
Individuals who are on active duty or veterans of the US military service are eligible for application fee waivers.
*Transfer students may be able to transfer up to 50% of undergraduate credits earned elsewhere.
To complete your matriculation into the BAAS program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher in all four gateway courses, with no individual grades lower than a C. Successful completion of these courses will satisfy the academic requirements for admission into degree status. If you meet or exceed these academic requirements, you should do well in the qualitative and quantitative courses required of BAAS degree students.
To transfer gateway courses into the BAAS program, and become eligible to undergo financial aid evaluation, you must:
- Successfully complete four gateway courses
- Remain in good academic standing
- Demonstrate the motivation and ability to be a contributing member of the Penn community
- Complete and submit an expedited BAAS application