The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program at Penn LPS Online is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds. The admissions committee considers each applicant's academic potential, intellectual strengths, ability to think independently, and motivation to be a contributing member of the Penn LPS Online community.
Applicants must have or obtain a high school diploma before beginning classes at Penn LPS Online, or have passed the high school equivalency exam or General Educational Development (GED) test with a minimum score of 450. Competitive applicants bring life experiences that will diversify the classroom and can demonstrate their academic readiness for Penn via a stable academic record of achievement in high school and/or college. Students who lack a track record of achievement may choose to "prove their way in."
Applications are now open, and courses will begin in fall 2019. For information on application deadlines, please visit the BAAS Admissions page.
Academic and non-academic evaluations provide a holistic overview of your likelihood to succeed at Penn. Academic evaluations will take into account the following documents:
- Transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, if applicable.* A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for previous undergraduate studies is required. 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. A minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA is required.
- Standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT, are not required, but you may choose to submit test scores in support of your application.
- 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.
- Current resume/CV
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well in a professional, academic, or community context and are able to evaluate your work, such as a supervisor or professor.
- Application essays in response to the following prompts (responses should not exceed 750 words for all the questions combined):
- Describe your educational history and background as well as your academic and professional goals.
- Discuss a specific academic topic you have enjoyed studying and explain why it is of interest to you.
- List the undergraduate degree course blocks that interest you the most and how you envision them contributing to your overall career 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.