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. 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 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.