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.
Gateway courses include the following foundational requirements which demonstrate qualitative and quantitative skills needed to complete BAAS requirements successfully:
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.* If post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the US, transcripts must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by World Education Services, Inc. (WES). For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.
- High school or GED 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.
While “proving your way in” enrolls you in the same course sections as students admitted through the standard admission process, gateway courses are designed to anticipate the range of academic preparation and background you may bring to your studies. Students who successfully complete these courses can transfer them into the BAAS program, and become eligible to undergo financial aid evaluation.